Somehow, it's not too surprising that rainbows and unicorns are among the opening images in "Happy Pink Girl Sings!"
Just as happily, however, the comedic-minded musical – written and performed by the Orlando team of Sarah A. Hanchar and her composer-accompanist Elaine Pechacek – also exhibits an admirable amount of heart behind the whimsy.
The main power source for this autobiographical production is Hanchar's sunny disposition, which illuminates her tales of growing up as a musically obsessed, not-exactly-cool kid who managed to turn her avocation into a career.
Recollections about her questionable teen fashion choices and introduction to popular music – everything from Johnny Cash to the Kingston Trio, Madonna and Disney musicals – were endearing.
When she wasn't playing keyboards, Pechacek held aloft nostalgic pictures of Hanchar's elementary school days and her beloved Pekingese ("She can lick her eyeballs!" Hanchar exclaimed).
A performer at Orlando theme parks who also studied Chicago's famed Second City comedy troupe, Hanchar sang, strummed ukulele and delivered her monologues with assurance. When the humming of an electrical generator figured into one of her childhood tales, she turned one sustained keyboard note into the foundation for a harmony lesson that involved the audience.
And the Happy Pink Girl leavened the silliness with an even more important lesson: Love yourself.
"We are all responsible for our own happiness," she said. "What you are is wonderful – and enough – and you deserve to be a happy pink girl, too."
Bring on that rainbow.
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