Villa Alegre - Spanish for "Happy Village" and title of half hour
daytime children's series, presented in Spanish and English targeted at Hispanic
speaking pre-schoolers. The series of 159-episodes premiered on the Public
Broadcasting System in 1974 and ran til 1981.
Nono Arsu, one of number of
regular cast members who hosted this bi-lingual series primarily geared for
Spanish-speaking pre-school children.
Set in the mythical town of Villa Alegre, the program hoped to give
children (4-to-10 years-old) the opportunity to learn new language skills to
ease their assimilation into a English-speaking society.
Other program regulars included Darryl Henriquez, Julio Medina, Maria
Grimm, Gilbert Duron, Federico Roberto, Catana Tully, Carmen Zapata and Wilfredo
H. Rodriquez. The program was produced by Claudio Guzman.
"La, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la…VILLA ALEGRE!"
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