Fine Arts Center presents sweet lessons in 'Pinkalicious'

March 20, 2014 Updated: March 26, 2014 at 1:39 pm
photo - Michelle Cage stars as Pinkalicious in "Pinkalicious: The Musical," opening at the Fine Arts Center.
Michelle Cage stars as Pinkalicious in "Pinkalicious: The Musical," opening at the Fine Arts Center. 

Opens Tuesday, March 25, runs 6 p.m. Tuesday through March 29 and April 3-5, 1 p.m. Wednesday through March 30 and April 5-6, 4 p.m. April 6, runs through April 6, Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., $20, $18 FAC members, $15 students and kids; 634-5583,

Something else: At each performance, the Cupcake Girls will sell $2 "Pinkalicious" mini-cupcakes.

Something else: Pink Parties for up to 18 kids are available before show matinees (except Sundays); includes pizza, cupcakes, lemonade and decorations, can include show tickets, call for pricing; 477-4350,

If you've been in the vicinity of any pre-teen girls lately, chances are good you've heard the name Pinkalicious.

She's the star of the picture book series by author and illustrator Victoria Kann and her sister, Elizabeth Kann, who co-authored the text. "Pinkalicious: The Musical," which is based on the series, opens at the Fine Arts Center on Tuesday.

Nine-year old Pinkalicious goes nutty for pink cupcakes. After one too many, she turns pink from head to toes, and a doctor diagnoses her with a case of pinkatitis.

"The story of Pinkalicious was inspired by my daughters who love cupcakes and the color pink and never seem to get enough of either one," writes Victoria Kann on her website,

The one-hour musical is aimed at kids ages 2-10. Michelle Cage stars as Pinkalicious. The Manitou Springs High School student was last seen at the FAC in December as an ensemble member in "The Wizard of Oz."

"You want Pinkalicious to be someone who all the girls want to be, who they can look up to and identify with," Cage says. "It's (the musical) going to be a lot about individualism and being explosive and taking ownership of your personality - wearing who you are and being proud of it."

The jazzy dance numbers do more than just entertain. They help relay a few lessons, too.

"There's two stories going on," director Nathan Halvorson says. "The little brother loves pink, too, but his father won't let him, until dad learns his son can be whoever he wants to be. There's a lesson of self-acceptance and allowing yourself to be true to yourself. There's also the lesson of moderation and respect for your parents. It's all that stuff wrapped up in this big pink bow."

Halvorson is no stranger to the cupcake-obsessed star of the show - thanks to nieces who read the books to him.

"They're fabulous," he says. "It's about a girl who is completely expressing herself in every given moment. A lot of times we're, like, children should be seen and not heard, but this girl takes up space. I call her the present day Punky Brewster. She's got this spunk about her. You can't put her flame out and I love that about her."

Jennifer Mulson, THE GAZETTe, 636-0270,

Other events

Colorado College Visiting Writers Series: Peter Behrens - 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Gates Common Room, Palmer Hall, Colorado College, 1025 N. Cascade Ave., free; 389-6607,

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