Penny on M.A.R.S. facts for kids
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|Created by||Beatrice Valsecchi|
|Directed by||Claudio Norza|
|Theme music composer||Giordano Cremona, Federico Mercuri, Marco Sissa and Colin Paul Buffet|
|Opening theme||We are the M.A.R.S|
|Country of origin||Italy|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||39 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Nadia Grippiolo, Lucio Wilson|
|Production location(s)||Milan, Italy|
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Original network||Disney Channel (Italy)
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)
|Original release||May 7, 2018– July 3, 2020|
|Preceded by||Alex & Co. (2015-2017)|
Penny on M.A.R.S. is an Italian teen dramedy television series that premiered on Disney Channel in Italy on May 7, 2018. The series is a spin-off of the Italian series Alex & Co. The series is commissioned by 3Zero2 in cooperation with The Walt Disney Company Italy. The series premiered on June 4, 2018 on Disney Channel in the United Kingdom. On April 2018, the series was renewed for a second season. The second season began premiering on 18 February, 2019, in the United Kingdom. The show’s third and final season premiered on 17 February, 2020, in the United Kingdom.
Penny passes the auditions to enter the M.A.R.S. high school, one of the most exclusive performing arts schools in the world. The M.A.R.S. has strict rules and is very competitive, Penny and her schoolmates have to pass a daily test. But Penny is special, she has a secret that must keep over all: she is the daughter of Bakìa, one of the biggest pop stars of the moment, who has managed to make nobody know about her daughter by enrolling her in a boarding school in Switzerland so that she could have a "normal" childhood and not hinder her career.
Now Penny is growing up and wants to follow her dream: attending the M.A.R.S. together with Camilla, her best friend, and finally live like all the girls of her age. That's why she signs up for the M.A.R.S. with a fake name, she wants to test her talent and make it by herself without having to deal with her mother's cumbersome success.
The only one at the M.A.R.S. who knows her real identity is Camilla. They are like sisters and nothing can separate them, or that's what they thought until they fall in love with the same boy at school, the charming Sebastian. And while she follows her dream, Penny will also have a mystery to solve: finding out who her father is.
List of Penny on M.A.R.S. episodes
|Penny Mendez||Olivia-Mai Barrett||Protagonist|
|Camilla Young||Shannon Gaskin||Main Co-Protagonist|
|Sebastian Storm||Finlay MacMillan||Protagonist||Co-Protagonist|
|Sofia Hu||Olivia Chan||Co-Protagonsit|
|Nick Weber||Damien Walsh||Co-Protagonist||Recurring||Does not appear|
|Mike Weber||Does not appear||Co-Protagonist||Does not appear|
|Luke Walsh||Co-Protagonist||Does not appear||Co-Protagonist|
|Aleksandr "Sasha" Lukin||Ryan Dean||Co-Antagonist||Co-Protagonist|
|Lucy Carpenter||Jessica Alexander||Antagonist||Does not appear|
|Tom Lauder||Jack Christou||Does not appear||Co-Antagonist||Co-Protagonist|
|Pete Swanson||Giacomo Vigo||Does not appear||Co-Protagonist|
|Rob Walker||Keenan Munn-Francis||Does not appear||Protagonist|
|Vicky Bernhard||Kira Malou||Does not appear||Co-Protagonist|
|Martha Patel||Amani Lia||Does not appear||Antagonist|
|Freddy Wolf||Ben Richards||Recurring|
|Debbie Cornish||Hanna Hefner||Recurring|
|Raul Storm||Joseph Rye||Recurring||Does not appear|
|Mitch Storm||Charlie Gardner||Recurring||Does not appear|
|Bruce Gold||Michael Rodgers||Recurring|
|Roberto Piccolo||William Kenning||Recurring|
|Sean McDougal||Alton Terry / Yonv Joseph||Recurring|
|Ella Johnson||Nathalie Rapti Gomez||Recurring|
|Tosca Bauer||Melanie Gray||Recurring|
|Arianna Rossi||Arianna Di Claudio||Guest|
|Mrs. Grady||Giorgia Massetti||Guest||Does not appear|
|Lisa Cunningham||Katie McGovern||Guest||Does not appear|
|Andrew Young||Douglas Dean||Guest||Does not appear|
|Mr. Carpenter||Andrea Scarduzio||Guest||Does not appear|
|Mrs. Carpenter||Cecilia Gragnani||Guest||Does not appear|
|Head physician||Mauro Cipriani||Does not appear||Guest||Does not appear|
|Mr. Maki||Yoon Coon Cometti||Does not appear||Guest||Does not appear|
|Dave Marshal||Leonardo Ferrari||Does not appear||Guest|
|Adrian Glaser||Andrea Beruatto||Does not appear||Guest|
|Simo Ferrari||Asya Rotella||Does not appear||Guest|
|Mr. Richter||Timothy Martin||Does not appear||Guest|
In April 2017, it was announced that The Walt Disney Company Italy planned to produce an English language spin-off from the successful series Alex & Co. The start of shooting for the 17-part first season was planned for Autumn 2017. Penny on M.A.R.S. was produced in English instead of Italian because it was believed that the series could be sold better internationally. The characters Penny, Camilla, Bakìa and Freddy Wolf from Penny on M.A.R.S. had performances in the special episodes (the last episodes) of Alex & Co., in which the spin-off series was introduced. On June 29, 2017, the spin-off series after the last episode of Alex & Co. was officially announced in a teaser, thereby also announcing the title Penny on M.A.R.S..
The first table read for the first season was on September 20, 2017. Shooting for the first season began on September 28, 2017 and ended on December 15, 2017. The shooting took place in Milan and the surrounding area. The backdrop of the Music Arts Reiner School (short M.A.R.S.) is the building of the design department of the Bovisa's headquarters of the Polytechnic University of Milan.
The first album from the series was released on May 4, 2016 in Italy. It contains the following list of songs:
|1.||"We Are the M.A.R.S." (Olivia-Mai Barrett & Ryan Dean)||3:00|
|2.||"Rain and Shine" (Olivia-Mai Barrett & Shannon Gaskin)||3:14|
|3.||"Nobody's Perfect" (Merissa Porter)||3:16|
|4.||"Never Doubt I Love" (Olivia-Mai Barrett & Finlay MacMillan)||3:40|
|5.||"So Sure" (Olivia-Mai Barrett & Finlay MacMillan)||3:24|
|6.||"Rain and Shine - Ci sarò, ci sarai" (Federica Carta & Olivia-Mai Barrett)||3:14|
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