When the pandemic began, local PBS affiliates were enlisted to provide educational programming to support students sheltering in place. Never shying away from a creative challenge, Ibba Armancas, a writer/director at a local PBS affiliate, decided she wanted to make an educational show for local kids that addressed both their scholastic goals and COVID concerns.
Inspired by Sesame Street and Pee Wee’s Playhouse, Ibba enlisted writers Timothy Grant and Supriya Limaye to create a pandemic-friendly puppet show for elementary school students. With the help of a cadre of writers, the team wrote seven half hour episodes explaining everything from the evolving science around the virus to common myths about American history. The first half of the season was shot in her living room following CDC shelter in place protocols (puppets are famously COVID immune), while voice actors lent their talent remotely.
With contributions from the esteemed Bob Baker Marionette Theater, Pro Wrestling Revolution, Disney Channel star Kevin Quinn and more, the show premiered on YouTube January 2021 and will air on PBS' The Friday Zone in April 2021.