Two Carmel Valley students cast in lead roles in ‘Pinkalicious’ during Junior Theatre’s Repertory series

Forty-one local youths from throughout San Diego County are performing three full productions of “Esperanza Rising,” “The Cat in the Hat” and “Pinkalicious” presented by San Diego Junior Theatre.

Two of the performers in “Pinkalicious” are Carmel Valley residents: Chase Anichini, 10, has been cast as Pinkalicious and goes to Torrey Hills Elementary School.

Sophie Maretz, 9, has been cast as Allison and goes to Carmel Del Mar Elementary School.

“Esperanza Rising,” directed by Bryant Hernandez, is the story of a wealthy Mexican girl whose privileged existence is shattered when tragedy strikes. Esperanza and her mother must then flee to California. Forced to work in a migrant labor camp, Esperanza must learn to rise above her difficult circumstances and discover what she’s truly made of.

The classic story of “The Cat in the Hat,” directed by alumna Teri Weisenberg Ang, comes alive from the moment his tall, red-and-white-striped hat appears around the door. Both Sally and her brother know that the Cat in the Hat is the funniest, most mischievous cat they’ve ever met. With the trickiest of tricks and craziest of ideas, he is certainly fun to play with, and he turns a rainy afternoon into an amazing adventure.

Bringing pink back to Junior Theatre is Ira Bauer-Spector’s “Pinkalicious.” Join Pinkalicious as she finds a way to cure her “Pinkititus.”

Rippledink’s Repertory runs Jan. 3 through Jan. 19 at Balboa Park’s Casa del Prado Theatre on Fridays at 7 p.m. and weekends at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tickets range from $10 to $15 and are available online at or by calling (619) 239-8355. Founded in 1948, San Diego Junior Theatre is the oldest youth theater in the United States. Positively affecting students of all abilities, ages 4 through 18, it thrives through show ticket sales, class and camp enrollments and the generosity of its alumni and community members. Contributions to San Diego Junior Theatre are tax-deductible.