If I could design the perfect show for ages seven to eleven, I’d want it to seamlessly blend its educational layer with entertainment that’s as witty and downright smart as the concepts its hoping to convey. And I’d want this perfect show to teach math, because this is the time in a tween’s life when math moves from simple arithmetic into more abstract concepts like fractions and geometry. I think I’ll really reach for the sky: I want the show to be able to help my child with her math homework (at least the questions Aunt Liz can’t handle). I know I’m asking way too much, but nonetheless, I’d like you to meet The Digits.
The Digits are a rock band headed up by teen gal and lead guitar Pavi (played by Sara Castilleja), the mighty and bombastic Gorgolax (played by Joe Bolenbaugh) on drums, and gentle robot Ray Ray (played by puppeteer Lance Woolen) on keyboards and backup guitar. They found a flyer for the Intergalactic Battle of the Bands and they mean to win it and beat the evil Doomfinger. (Marwell Doomfinger III is the the boss at Doomfinger Records and is using music to make the galaxy stupider.) The Digits need 1,000 fans to qualify for the competition (you can be one of them). Space travel and garage band music factors into each story and I’ve heard from the friend of a friend that tweens like those topics.
|Oregon native Sara Castilleja is Pavi|