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Dallas Children’s Theater costume design contest for BEE, BUTTERFLY AND BIRD CHARACTERS appearing in PINKALICIOUS THE MUSICAL


Dallas Children’s Theater (DCT) believes in the magic of live theater and the creative spirit of youth.  This summer DCT invited students in kindergarten through twelfth grade to design costumes for bees, butterflies and birds to appear in its upcoming new season production, PINKALICIOUS THE MUSICAL.  Today, DCT’s garden and property got pink flamingo “flocked” in celebration of announcing the winners on Friday, July 27 at 3:00 pm at Dallas Children’s Theater, 5938 Skillman Street, Dallas, Texas 75231.


PINKALICIOUS THE MUSICAL opens DCT’s 29th season on September 21 and runs through October 21, 2012, and will be directed by veteran DCT resident artist and Education Director, Nancy Schaeffer.  Designing costumes for the show is acclaimed DFW and frequent DCT costume designer Lyle Huchton, who is a local star having received two Daytime Emmy Outstanding Costume Design Nominations in 2008 and 2009 for his work on the PBS television series, “Barney and Friends”.  Schaeffer is expanding the cast to include youth actors who will play the bees, butterflies and birds.  Huchton will use the winning entry to design these ensemble roles complementing the overall design of the show.  “I was inspired by previous experiences where I worked with children to create costumes, and the kids loved it,” Huchton says.  “I will be responsible for taking the winner’s idea, and bringing it to life.”  DCT is grateful for this artistic generosity and the opportunity to engage with the community in such a delightful way. Schaeffer and the DCT team are thrilled for yet another opportunity to promote its mission of encouraging young people to achieve their dreams.

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The grand prizewinner is 10-year-old Lily Forbes, a Hockaday student who will enter the 5th grade this fall.  She wants to be a designer, actor or doctor when she grows up.


When asked why she entered the contest, she said, “I love acting and designing.  And I have taken classes at the Dallas Children’s Theater before.  I did not end up trying out for ‘Pinkalicious’ and when I read about this contest, I thought it would be cool to see my design come alive.”  Huchton will use Lily’s design ideas for the bees, butterflies and bird characters, she will have a bio in the show program, receive four tickets to opening night and be recognized on the stage.

Four youth received Special Recognition in three different age categories.  They are:

•       Andy Woodford (Kindergarten-3rd grade)
•       Sloan Short (Kindergarten-3rd grade)
•       Kerry Gleim (4th-8th grade)
•       Sam Knoll (9th-12th grade)

Finally, Schaeffer and Huchton were so inspired by two other entries that they decided to create two new awards:

•       Claire Spigel (Runner-Up)
•       Tamar Gabelev and Hailey Lane (The Pink-tastic Spirit Award for capturing the true spirit of Pinkalicious)

The Special Recognition winners, Runner-Up and Pinktastic Spirit Award winners will receive their names listed in the show program, two tickets to opening night, and recognition on the stage.  Best of all, EVERY entry will be displayed in DCT’s lobby for the entire run of PINKALICIOUS THE MUSICAL.  So that really makes everyone a winner – is that pink-tastic or what?  Everyone is unique with DCT’s Pink!

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Book & Lyrics by Jon Hartmere
Music by Damon Intrabartolo

Upcoming Production:

NEW Production – New World Stages

Previews begin November 19, 2012

BARE: A POP OPERA, is returning to New York with a brand new production. With previews beginning this fall, the open-ended Off-Broadway reincarnation will be directed by Stafford Arima, (“Altar Boyz and the recent revival of “Carrie,”) and will be featuring choreography by Travis Wall (“So You Think You Can Dance”). Also attached is Tony award winning designer Donyale Werle (“Peter and the Starcatcher” and “Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson”). The long awaited return of the rock musical, with the score by Damon Intrabartolo and book and lyrics by Jon Hartmere, and additional songs by Hartmere and Lynne Shankel, gained the producing team including Randy Taradash, Paul Boskind of Martian Entertainment, and Gregory Rae.

 The story “unfolds as a gripping and provocative musical, where answers are sought in church confessionals, late night parties and well-locked dorm rooms”. Centered around a group of high school seniors at a Catholic boarding school faces issues of sexuality and personal identity. As they struggle to come to terms with who they are, and who the world thinks they should be, they seek answers from their Church, their friends, and ultimately, from within themselves. As their final year of high school draws to a close, they attempt to navigate the complex road from adolescence to adulthood and must then deal with the consequences of their choices as they prepare to take the next step in their lives

 BARE premiered at the Hudson Theater in Los Angeles, CA, in October 2000 an ran through February 2001.Following the LA production, the first New York premiere ran at the American Theatre of Actors during the spring 2004. The show since then has taken on many incarnations around the US and been staged around the world. Some notable productions include: Sydney Fringe Festival, Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival, Hart House Theatre (Canada), Blue Repertory/Ateneo University Manila at Greenhills Teatrino Promenade (Philippines), NUEMusic Theatre (UK, performed inside a converted chapel).

 Tickets for the all-new production are on sale now!

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