Alison Pogorelc, 14, from Whitefish Bay, appears in First Stage’s PINKALICIOUS THE MUSICAL, a fun-loving musical based on the popular book of the same name by Victoria Kann and Elizabeth Kann, playing at the Todd Wehr Theater at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts through March 27.
Alison has been involved in theater since she was four years old and has been active with First Stage since age 8. She has done nearly 40 shows with Skylight Music Theatre, Acacia Theater, The Milwaukee Rep, Fireside Theater, The Marriott Theater at Lincolnshire, Off the Wall, Windfall Theater and First Stage. Past First Stage appearances include SLEEPING BEAUTY, MISS NELSON IS MISSING, and DIARY OF A WORM, SPIDER AND FLY.
“I enjoy acting because I like performing for people. I really love the adrenaline rush you get by being on stage, and I like taking people into a different world every time they come and see a show,” Alison said. “My favorite role to date was Helen Keller in THE MIRACLE WORKER because it took so much out of me and made me really have to work to portray such an iconic woman without any words. After seeing the emotional response from the audience, I knew it was very meaningful to them,” she added.
Alison loves First Stage because not only did she get a good foundation and preparation for the work she wants to pursue, but she got to do it in a friendly and enjoyable environment. “When I am working at First Stage, I’m treated like an adult not only by my peers, but by the adult staff. The kids involved with First Stage are respected, but we also get to have a lot of fun!” Alison shared.
“Our production creates a playful world of excessive pink, magical transformations and dancing cupcakes,” said First Stage Associate Artistic Director John Maclay, the director of this colorful musical adventure. “Our talented actors, designers and professional shops all played a part in bringing Pinkalicious, her world, her family, her friends, and several dancing cupcakes to life here at First Stage,” he continued.
“PINKALICIOUS is a crazy show!” Alison said. “I love my cast; we’ve become family. But the best thing is to see the reactions of the kids in the audience. They smile, laugh and really seem to love the show!”
About PINKALICIOUS THE MUSICAL: How much is too much pink? Pinkalicious Pinkerton will soon realize how much when she develops “pinkititis” from eating too many pink cupcakes and turns pink from head to toe! What starts off as a dream come true for the pink-loving enthusiast turns into a disaster as her hue goes a little too far! Will her broccoli-eating brother be able to help cure her before it’s too late? Experience this colorful musical adventure, and indulge in the sweetest treat in town!
PINKALICIOUS THE MUSICAL is recommended for everyone ages 3 and up, and runs through March 27. For tickets or more information, visit www.firststage.org.
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