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Pinkalicious The MusicalCalling all aspiring designers! Dallas Children's Theater (DCT) believes in the magic of live theater and the creative spirit of youth. DCT invites 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. Help DCT bring the most sparkling book ever to life by submitting costume design ideas on paper to Dallas Children's Theater, Costume Design Contest, 5938 Skillman Street, Dallas, Texas 75231 by Monday, July 23, 2012.

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 their 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.

One grand prizewinner will see their design idea come to life on stage, have a bio in the show program, receive four tickets to opening night and be recognized on the stage. Three additional youth will receive Special Recognition in three different age categories: kindergarten through third grade, fourth through eighth grade, and ninth through twelfth grade. The three Special Recognition 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 prominently 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?

Submitting is simple. It's pinkalicious-ly possible in 5 easy steps:

1) Pull out your favorite colors, papers, pens, pencils, paints, glitter, glue, fabric, magazine clippings – any medium you like!
2) Put your costume design ideas for bees, butterflies and birds on paper.
3) Download, print and fill out DCT's registration form which can be found at
4) Mail or deliver your paper design and registration form to: Dallas Children's Theater, Costume Design Contest, 5938 Skillman Street, Dallas, Texas 75231.
5) All entries must be received by Monday, July 23 and/or postmarked by Friday, July 20.

Winners will be announced on Friday, July 27. Questions? Call 214-740-0051.

Additional information, including video "how to" tips from Schaeffer and Huchton can be found at

Make your creative ideas a reality - be unique with DCT's Pink! Good luck!

Lyle has been a working costume designer/stylist in the Dallas area for 20 years. Regional and national commercials: AT&T, Church's Fried Chicken, Texas Lottery, and Chick-fil-A. For DALLAS CHILDREN'S THEATER: "Diary of a Worm, a Spider and a Fly"; "Tuck Everlasting"; "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day"; "Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!"; "Miss Nelson is Missing!"; "Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp". Regional theater: DALLAS THEATER CENTER, THEATRE THREE, KITCHEN DOG THEATER, and THE DALLAS OPERA. Television: PBS series "Barney and Friends" (2008 and 2009 Daytime Emmy Outstanding Costume Design Nominations) and National Tours for The Wiggles and Barney Live. He received his training at the University of North Texas.

Nancy Schaeffer has served Dallas Children's Theater since its founding in 1984, first as a teacher and actor and now as Director of all Education Programs and outreach activities. A graduate of Western Kentucky University, Ms. Schaeffer has directed numerous DCT productions including "Junie B. Jones..."; "How I Became a Pirate"; "don't u luv me?"; "Madeline's Christmas"; "EAT (It's Not About Food)"; "Goodnight Moon"; "The Secret Life of Girls"; "Stuart Little"; "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie"; "The Island of the Skog"; "Honk!"; "Babe, the Sheep-Pig"; "Jack & the Giant Beanstalk"; "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz"; "Bunnicula"; "Lyle the Crocodile"; "Miss Nelson is Missing" (1999 &2010); "Miss Nelson is Back!"; "If You Give a Moose a Muffin" and "If You Give a Pig a Party" (both of which she adapted for the stage); "The Surprising Story of the Three Little Pigs"; "The Boxcar Children"; "Sideways Stories from Wayside School"; "Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse" (2002 & 2008); and twelve productions of "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever!" As Education Director, Ms. Schaeffer oversees numerous programs including: DCT Academy, which offers year-round classes to more than 2000 young people, ages 3 through 18; Curtains Up On Reading, an in-school residency program that integrates drama, literature, language arts, social studies, and history; After School and Summer Drama Classes that benefit "at-risk" youth through eight after-school satellite arts programs, and DCT's Teen Scene, which nurtures the theater audiences and professionals of tomorrow by opening communication between teens, theater professionals and the community at large.

Dallas Children's Theater features paid professional actors performing for an annual audience of 250,000 young people and their families through 9 main stage productions, a national touring company, and an arts-in-education program. As the only major organization in Dallas focusing solely on youth and family theater, DCT builds bridges of understanding between generations and cultures, instilling an early appreciation of literature, art and the performing arts in tomorrow's artists and patrons.

• DCT reaches more children and families annually than any other performing arts organization in the metroplex.
• More than 50,000 students and teachers experience DCT at an extremely discounted price each year.
• 10,000 FREE tickets are given away each year by DCT for the Mayor's Summer Reading Program.
• Over 3 million people have seen a DCT performance in its 28-year history.
• DCT produces 535 performances each year; 368 in the Rosewood Center for Family Arts; 386 in Dallas; and another 149 beyond the metroplex.
• DCT's Tour travels to nearly 26 states and 52 cities annually. DCT has even taken its award-winning work to the far corners of the world, including Shanghai, China.
• DCT earns 60% of its operating funds through ticket sales and other revenue. The remaining 40% comes from charitable giving, made possible through donations and special events.
• DCT has been recognized by TIME Magazine as one of the top five children's theaters in the country.

PINKALICIOUS THE MUSICAL is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized performance materials are supplied by Theatrical Rights Worldwide (TRW), 570 Seventh Avenue, Suite 2100, New York, NY 10018. (866) 378-9758