Fred Rogers Productions & Sesame Street Team Up for “Alma’s Way”
Alma’s Way, premiering October 4, 2021, is a show for children ages 4-6 featuring a curious 6-year-old Puerto Rican girl from the Bronx. This show was created by Sonia Manzano, known by millions of fans as Maria on Sesame Street. The new show is being produced by Pittsburgh-based Fred Rogers Productions.
Ellen Doherty, Fred Rogers Productions’ chief creative officer, says that Manzano had a definite vision for Alma when they first talked about the show five years ago.
Each of us has a small voice in our heads that we often listen to, however, preschoolers, generously let that voice be known.
‘I want kids to know they have a mind and can use it,’” Doherty tells Next Pittsburgh. “So it’s really about helping kids develop that inner voice — how you puzzle things out, when you face a quandary, you’re stuck in a dilemma. Mazano asks, ‘How do we help kids manage what’s happening in their heads?’
Alma’s Way has many moments that are called ‘think through,’ where Alma thinks about a problem that has been going on, then considers the outcomes of her decision. The segment animates the steps of internal problem-solving.
There will be times where there will be connections to shows like “Daniel Tiger” or “Donkey Hodie,” the original “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” and Pittsburgh itself.
Stay tuned for this new show and enjoy it with your preschooler!