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October 03

Mickey Mouse Club

Walt Disney chose to cast “regular” kids on his show, not famous young actors and singers.

Creative Commons; flickr.com user Frank The Prospector

1955: Now It’s Time To Say Hello
The Mickey Mouse Club premieres on television
Created by Walt Disney, this long-running variety show entertained kids daily with songs, dance numbers, and that special Mouseketeer Roll Call, where the show’s young stars introduced themselves on-camera. These popular young performers, like Annette Funicello and Cubby O’Brien, were among dozens of kids who were cast to perform routines and skits around weekday themes.

For example, Monday was “Fun with Music” day, while Wednesday was “Anything Can Happen” day. The host and lone adult on the show, Jimmie Dodd, was famous for his lessons to viewers about the importance of being kind to others and other moral messages.
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