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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Vital Theatre Company presents Pinkalicious the Musical Book and Lyrics Elizabeth Kann & Victoria Kann Music and Lyrics John Gregor Directed Teresa K. Pond

Our Mission

Mayo Performing Arts Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, presents a wide range of programs that entertain, enrich, and educate the diverse population of the region and enhance the economic vitality of Northern New Jersey. The 2016-2017 season is made possible, in part, by a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as support received from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, F.M. Kirby Foundation and other numerous foundations, corporations and individuals. As a courtesy to the artists and for the uninterrupted enjoyment of your fellow patrons, please turn off all cell phones, pagers, beepers and other electronic devices. Please unwrap any lozenges before the performance begins. No portion of this performance may be photographed, recorded, filmed, taped, broadcast or mechanically reproduced without the written consent of the Artist and/or the Presenter. Mayo Performing Arts Center is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

Pinkalicious CAST Todd Ritch

(Peter) is thrilled to be joining the cast of Pinkalicious! He most recently directed the new musical #LoveStory at this year’s Fringe Festival. Some other Vital credits include Angelina Ballerina and Fancy Nancy. Favorite regional credits include Avenue Q (Princeton/Rod), Spring Awakening (Ernst), Hairspray (Link), Hair (Claude/Berger), and Ragtime (Younger Brother). He sends his love to his Vital Family. Amber Dickerson

(Pinkalicious) is tickled pink to be rejoining the cast of Pinkalicious: The Musical! Originally from Carnesville, GA, Amber holds her B.F.A in theatre performance from Columbus State University and her B.S. in developmental psychology from CUNY. Favorite credits include Shelley in Bat Boy, Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, Sally in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown and Janet in The Rocky Horror Show. Many thanks to Holly, Vital Theatre Company, and the entire cast and crew! Alexa Lebersfeld

Alexa Lebersfeld (Wink/Alison) recently played Fancy Nancy in Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas in NYC after touring with the show last holiday season. She also appeared as Britt in Stinky Kids! She is a graduate of The Boston Conservatory where some of her favorite credits include The Pajama Game (Mabel) and Legally Blonde (Margot). Much love to the whole family: grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, Mom, Dad, and Jenna. Love to BoCo and FwF.

Sarah Mae Banning

(Mrs. Pinkerton) is delighted to be joining the Pinkalicious family at the Vital Theatre! She received her BFA in Musical Theatre from The Hartt School. Favorite credits: Thoroughly Modern Millie (Millie), The Little Mermaid (Ariel), Hairspray (Amber), Merrilee Mannerly (Princess Posy), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Miss Flannery), West Side Story, The Producers, and she performed at Goodspeed’s Festival of New Musicals in The Noteworthy Life of Howard Barnes by Kooman & Dimond. She wants to thank her family, friends, and teachers for their love and encouragement! Sean R. Jones

(Mr. Pinkerton) is so excited to be a part of the Pinkerton family after playing Mrs. DeVine/Grandpa in Vital’s production of Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas! Originally from Hamilton, OH, Sean attended Wright State University, where he earned his BFA in Musical Theatre. Some of Sean’s favorite credits include Ko-Ko in The Hot Mikado, Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors, Lopakhin in The Cherry Orchard, and Leaf Coneybear in 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. A big thanks to the Vital family and to all of Sean’s loved ones! Frances Hughes

(Production Stage Manager) graduated from SUNY Buffalo State with a B.A. in theater. Frances has been stage managing since 2011 with recent credits including Pinkalicious (Vital Theatre Company) and Flight School (Vital Theatre Company). She also stage managed

the national tours of Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas (Vital) and Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy the Musical (Bay Area Children’s Theatre). Frances loves working in family theatre and hopes everyone enjoys the show! CREATIVE TEAM Elizabeth Kann & Victoria Kann (Book and Lyrics) co-authors of Pinkalicious (Harper Collins, 2006), which Victoria also illustrated, are sisters who grew up in Brooklyn. Victoria’s award-winning artwork has graced the covers and pages of magazines, newspapers and books. A graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, she teaches at the School of Visual Arts in NYC. Elizabeth’s writing has appeared in a variety of newspaper and print publications. She is also a doctor with degrees from Vassar, Columbia and Albany Medical College. Visit John Gregor (Music, Lyrics, Orchestrations) wrote the book, music and lyrics for With Glee, which premiered off-Broadway at the Kirk Theater. John’s adaptation of Gogol’s The Overcoat has been presented in London at the Bridewell Theatre, Barrington Stage Company and The NY International Fringe Festival. Vital Theatre credits include The Changeling and The Bully. Graduate of the NYU Musical Theater Writing Program. Teresa K. Pond (Director and Producer) New York: Off-Broadway production of Pinkalicious; premiere productions and readings with The Women’s Project Theatre (Off Broadway), Vital Theatre, Loft Theatre and others. Her awardwinning premiere production of Half Life was hailed as the top show of The New York International Fringe Festival (New York Magazine). Regional work: The Barber of Seville (Bleecker Street Opera); Suor Angelica, Pagliacci (Anchorage Opera); Amahl and the Night Visitors; The Clean House and Nickel and Dimed at Western Stage (CA); Tartuffe, Macbeth (LA Times review); The Foreigner, Perfect Wedding at Millbrook Theatre (PA); Sylvia and Shakespeare in Hollywood at Cyrano’s Theatre (AK); plus Of Mice and Men and The Day Maggie Blew Off Her Head, among others. Teresa has directed at NYU and Stella Adler Conservatory, and she is the former artistic leader of A.C.T. in Anchorage. Teresa is a member of The Lincoln Center Directors’ Lab and The Women’s Project Directors Forum, and is a co-leader of the NYC playwright-director company NewShoe. Teresa directed the To-

ronto production of Pinkalicious and recently directed Richard III in Central Park (NY Classical Theatre). A proud member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC). Alex James (Production Stage Manager) is a New York City based stage manager. OffBroadway: The Berenstain Bears Live!, Jay Allan Zimmerman’s Incredibly Deaf Musical. Other NYC credits: The Uncanny Valley (The Brick Theater), Infallibility (Fringe NYC 2013), SoundBites (Theater Now New York), The Untitled Ginsberg Project, The Who’s Tommy (Pace), She Loves Me (Pace). Graduate of Pace University.



ABOUT VITAL THEATRE COMPANY Vital Theatre Company is a community of artists who believe that a shared theatrical experience profoundly affects people’s lives. We create stories that challenge our audience to ask questions, make discoveries and engage in dialogue.



Vital was founded in March of 1999 with the goal of creating a safe home to nurture emerging theatre artists — and that vision has blossomed. Vital Theatre Company is proud to have been recognized with the following honors: 2012 OffBroadway Alliance Awards Best Family Show: StinkyKids The Musical; American Theatre Wing Award for Continued Commitment to Excellence in Theatre (2006, 2007); Off-Off Broadway Review (OOBR) Awards for Excellence: The King of Mackie Street, Funny, Shakin’ the Mess Outta Misery (also nominated for Outstanding Production of a Play by New York IT Awards & Audelco Award for Best Ensemble), Idiot’s Delight, The Ballad of Irving the Frog; Theatre Company of the Year by for Vital Children’s Theatre Company Season; and All Stars Project Inc.’s Community Recognition Award to Vital Children’s Theatre.



VITAL THEATRE COMPANY STAFF Artistic Director Stephen Sunderlin Finance Manager Renne Matias Assistant to the Artistic Director Alex James VITAL THEATRE COMPANY’S FOUNDING MEMBERS Stephen Sunderlin, Michael Schloegl, Scott C. Embler, Laura M. Stevens


BOARD OF DIRECTORS Stephen Sunderlin President Debbie Adelman Vice President Natalie Riccio Secretary Richard Jacobson Treasurer PARENT AMBASSADORS Gina Lamb-Amato, M.D. Jessica Genick Pamela Guarrera Denise Woods Harrell Renata Miller

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Program Book Insert - Pinkalicious  
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