October 26, 1998 Vol. III, No. 5

Event Offers Behind-the-Scenes Look at 'Sesame Street'

Cal State Northridge students and faculty will get a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to produce the award-winning children's television series "Sesame Street" during a special presentation Thursday, Oct. 29, at the Performing Arts Center.

Producers, directors and even a Muppet from the acclaimed program will take part in "Sesame Street Unpaved," beginning at 7:30 p.m. The event, geared for college audiences, is part of a 10-city campus tour celebrating the 30th anniversary of the television series this year.

The Children's Television Workshop, the nonprofit organization that produces the show, asked CSUN President Blenda J. Wilson, a former CTW board member, if the campus could host the event. The president also is scheduled to attend the presentation.

"Their intent is to interest college students in going into the field of children's television," said Judith Marlane, chair of CSUN's radio-TV-film department. "But it is an opportunity for all of us who have grown up, or whose children have grown up, with 'Sesame Street' to get a chance to learn how the program is put together."

The 90-minute presentation will address the curriculum and educational mandates, the animation, live action and story-telling components, and the music, design and creative elements required to produce each program and season. A question and answer session will follow.

The structure of the lecture-demonstration will include presentations by each panelist, a Muppeteer demonstration, discussions with the writers and composers who knit the program elements together, and a highlight reel of celebrity appearances, memorable music and favorite segments.

" 'Sesame Street' has made an impact on generations of children and has revolutionized the children's television programming market," Marlane said. "Everything we can do to encourage our students into entering this important field should be supported."


October 26, 1998

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