12May

Guest Post: Pinkalicious the Musical Teaches Kids Tolerance

Liat Ginsberg is a mother and a former Journalist for the Israeli newspaper Maariv. She taught at the Film and Media department at Hunter College.

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If you have read the book Pinkalicious to your children and are sure that you and your kids know the story by heart, you can add one more layer to the story, after watching the play Pinkalicious. The play gives legitimacy to boys who choose pink as their favorite color, legitimacy that society doesn’t give very easily.

I have 6 year old twins, a boy and girl, my boy always liked the color blue and refuses to change his color preference, but whenever he wished to play with one of sister’s pink toys, she took it angrily from him and notified him, “Pink is for girls! don’t dare to touch it” (good excuse for not sharing her toys). But two years ago, when my twins encountered a boy on their school bus who really loved pink, they both did not question his choice of color; they even liked it and found it amusing. The problem is that other kids did not like the idea of a boy liking pink and bullied him. I witnessed it a few times and my heart went out for the boy and his parents.

If you care to teach your kids tolerance, the play Pinkalicious is for you, if you don’t care and wish your young daughters to enjoy a girl who likes pink cupcake and turn to pink from eating too many of them that’s for you as well.

Pinkalicious can’t stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor’s office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe – a dream come true for this pink loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of this predicament.

The one hour musical, with book and lyrics by Elizabeth Kann and Victoria Kann, and music, lyrics and orchestrations by John Gregor, is based on the popular children’s book PINKALICIOUS by Elizabeth Kann and Victoria Kann.

The character who charmed the kids was Alison, (Abby Bernbaum), Pinkalicious friend, she was authentic, credible, fun and very convincing, kids would have loved to have her as a girlfriend, ok, I admit, not only kids, we all would love to have a girlfriend who is funny, understand us and most important, forgives us. The acting was not always convincing, but kids don’t care so much for the perfect acting, do they?

Performances run Saturdays and Sundays at 1:00 pm through August 30th, 2015. Tickets are $36.50 for regular seats and $46.50 emium seats. The show is appropriate for ages 2-7. For reservations, visit www.vitaltheatre.org or call (212) 579-0528. Culture Project’s Lynn Redgrave Theater is located at 45 Bleecker Street, just west of Lafayette Street near the Bleecker Street/Broadway-Lafayette Subway Trains 4,6,B, D, F, and M.

Disclosure: This writer received complimentary tickets to facilitate her review, but all opinions are her own, as always.

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