LOS ANGELES, CA, July 5, 2019 — Wonkybot Studios, the production, music and publishing shingle creating original content for kids and family across all media platforms, is thrilled to announce more casting for the upcoming series premiere of its superhero podcast series Tara Tremendous: The Secret Diaries — Genesis.
Mandi Lawson, John Stanfill and Casey Maxwell will provide additional voices in the new Season 1 chapter of the series, set to premiere July 8th on Apple Podcasts, Wonkybot.com, Spotify and other audio streaming platforms. Look for the series to also release on Pinna, the premiere audio-on-demand streaming service for kids. The prequel story will reveal how Wonkybot’s popular Gen Z superheroine acquired the powers of every superhero in the world — and beyond.
Mandi Lawson voices the character of Mrs. Addelberry, Tara’s principal at Fair Oaks Middle School — who isn’t quite what she seems. John Stanfill plays Tara’s warm-hearted Grandpa Jack, while Casey Maxwell brings life to the role of Abigail Pruitt, the sagacious, uptight assistant to Mayor Lucinda DuPont, Tara’s controlling aunt.
Created by Stewart St John, the award-winning writer behind Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Sabrina: The Animated Series and many more children and family television series and movies, Tara Tremendous is centered around a feisty, headstrong and socially conscious tween named Tara Callahan whose life is forever changed after becoming imbued with the powers of every superhero in the world (superheroes existing in St John’s ‘Tremendous-Verse’). The series — which shot to #1 in the Kids & Family category on Apple Podcasts when it originally launched — features an ongoing storyline, captivating sound design and original songs and score composed by St John and musical partner Michael Plahuta.
“We’re delighted to welcome Mandi, John and Casey to the new season,” said St John. “Their wonderful performances bring the characters I’ve written to life, and it’s so much fun to hear it all come together!”
“I’m thrilled to be a part of a story that sends the message to little girls that they are powerful, strong and can take up as much space in this world as they want,” said Lawson, who in addition to voice acting sings with her 90’s cover band “Teen Spirit”. She recently wrote, produced and acted in the short film “You and Me and Also a Whale”, and her favorite role on stage was Pippi in “The Great American Trailer Park Musical”.
“Glad to be a part of a Wonkybot production, especially one that has so much substance and heart,” said John Stanfill, a seasoned actor who has appeared in television commercials, digital media and is set to star as Santa Claus in the independent feature, “A Very Kringle Christmas”. “Stewart has created a terrific young superhero in Tara Tremendous, one that is positive and inspiring, which is what the world needs more than ever right about now. I’m grateful that he cast me as Tara’s grandpa, and doesn’t shy away from the issue of old age. Grandpa Jack might be in a nursing home, but he’s still got a fighting spirit!”
“I have truly enjoyed working with the Wonkybot gang and being a part of the fun, unique, and creative “Tara Tremendous” process,” said Casey Maxwell, an accomplished singer, pianist, music director and actress who has performed on stage and loves musical theater. I’ve had a ball playing Abigail. Lots of great stuff is in the works with Tara Tremendous!”
Through dialogue, sound effects and music, Wonkybot Studios transports listeners into Tara’s exciting universe where they’ll discover a full-cast of characters, thrilling soundscapes, background music score and fully produced original songs.
“Wonkybot Studios continues to be on the forefront of creating compelling and engaging audio content for kids and families,” added Todd Fisher, Co-Founder, Wonkybot Studios and co-producer of Tara Tremendous: The Secret Diaries. “We love to spark the imaginations of young listeners and open their creativity through audio stories comprised of voices, sounds, and music… it’s an exciting time to be in this space!”
Wonkybot Studios is in development on several other family-themed audio series and is set to share more exciting news on multiple fronts in the coming weeks.
About Wonkybot Studios
Wonkybot Studios, the children’s and family production, music and publishing company formed by industry veterans Stewart St. John, Todd Fisher and Michael Plahuta in 2015, is an incubator for St. John’s many kids and family projects. Dedicated to creating entertaining and engaging characters, stories and tunes for kids and families across all media platforms which inspire, uplift and entertain the imagination, two of Wonkybot Studios’ properties — Tara Tremendous and Spooky Troop — have been released as stage musicals. For more information, visit https://www.wonkybot.com.