Dos y Dos

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Dos y Dos is a Spanish and English educational TV and DVD series for children ages two through seven, initially produced in San Diego in 2009.

Show[edit]

Each show in the series is recorded in Spanish with several words and phrases spoken in English allowing children to be entertained in Spanish while learning elementary English. Each show features a live Latino cast singing, dancing, entertaining, and educating. In each show, Sofia, Fernando, Adriana, and Andres find five giant puzzle pieces, which when placed in a giant frame, reveal the topic or theme of the show for that day. Some of the themes for the show are shapes, colors, weather, and how to make the fastest paper airplane.

Along the way, "Dos y Dos" intends to teach fundamental core values like sharing, helping, and the importance of teamwork.[citation needed] Each show has music videos performed by the cast in Spanish. Foto Joe speaks English and travels the world taking pictures for children to see. When Foto Joe appears, kids learn from Foto Joe's photos and sing a song in English.[citation needed]

The Parents' Television Council gave the show their "green" traffic-light rating, approving the show for ages 3 and above.[1]

Cast[edit]

Bayardo DeMurguia plays the role of Andres. The final cast member to join Dos y Dos was signed on in October 2008.[citation needed] Bayardo brings a smooth, friendly singing voice.[citation needed]

Prior to joining "Dos y Dos", Bayardo was a cast member in "Britannicus" at the Compass Theatre in San Diego.[citation needed] Other recent performance credits include the Spanish production of Besito Pa'Ti at the Center for Mexican Arts, and Midsummer Nights Dream, Othello, Titus Andronicus, and Julius Caesar at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego.[citation needed]

A Performance Arts graduate from the University of San Diego, Bayardo has been entertaining for six years and is known for his multi-year tenure at The Old Globe in the Shakespeare Festival.[citation needed]

Ritchie Valenzuela plays the role of Fernando. Ritchie joined the cast of Dos y Dos in August 2008, after performing in the cast of "Los Jumpitz".[citation needed] Ritchie adds a strong dance background.[citation needed] An accomplished and award-winning[citation needed] singer, Ritchie has been performing on stage since he was a child.[citation needed]

Recent performance and choreography credits include Footloose, Fiddler on the Roof, Evita and Meet Me in St. Louis in addition to being a part of the Mojalet Dance Collective.[citation needed]

A graduate of The American Musical and Dramatic Academy[citation needed] in New York City, Ritchie regularly teaches for the San Diego Civic Dance Arts,[citation needed] the North Park Studio[citation needed] and spends summers teaching dance to children through a dance arts program.[citation needed]

Karla Bautista plays the role of Sofia. Previously a member of the Spanish children's entertainment group,[citation needed] "Los Jumpitz", Karla brings experience entertaining toddlers and preschoolers to Dos y Dos.[citation needed]

A natural talent[citation needed] and magnetic force[citation needed] with children, Karla regularly lends her bilingual voice talents to a variety of kids products, most recently working on a series of educational games for children produced by LeapFrog.[citation needed]

Karla has a teaching degree from San Diego State University[citation needed] with a specialty in Social Sciences. Karla lives in Bonita, California where she teaches in the Sweetwater Union High School District.

Blanca Buelna plays the role of "Adriana". Blanca brings more than 12 years of performance experience in stage and video to the cast of Dos y Dos.[citation needed] Recent credits include Grease, Dracula, and El Tigre y Los Encontrados.[citation needed]

She also performed in the Latin American Youth Conference[citation needed] and was a winner at the Festival De La Cancion Latino Americana.[citation needed] Blanca studies Performance Arts at San Diego State University's Theatre Department.[citation needed]

Joseph Dionisio plays the role of "Foto Joe." Joseph serves a dual role as cast member and Production Manager. On camera he is "Foto Joe", the English-speaking friend of Dos y Dos, and brings the element of English into the Spanish show. Joseph also belongs to the management team of Latin American Multimedia in the capacity of Production Manager.

As an actor, Joseph brings nearly 10 years of experience performing in video and on stage.[citation needed] Joseph was most recently a cast member of "The Jumpitz" children's DVD series.[citation needed] Stage credits include Twelfth Night, Hair, and My Fair Lady.[citation needed]

As a Production Manager, Joseph regularly oversees the entire stage operation of plays and musicals throughout San Diego.[citation needed] Joseph is also a graduate of UC San Diego.[citation needed]

Production results[edit]

Dos y Dos Season 1 had 13 full episodes.[citation needed] Season 2 began February 20, 2010.[citation needed]

Dos y Dos has 104 original songs in both Spanish and English.[citation needed]

Dos y Dos has 39 music videos.[citation needed]

International marketing[edit]

In the Fall of 2009,[citation needed] 4Kids International signed a worldwide licensing arrangement with Dos y Dos to handle its product sales.[citation needed] 4Kids International is also responsible for Pokémon, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Cabbage Patch Kids.[citation needed]

Mexico City-based Rose Entertainment is the international television distributor for Dos y Dos.[citation needed]

As of April 2010, Dos y Dos aired in the U.S. on the Latin American Television Network nationwide every Saturday and Sunday morning.[citation needed]

Latin American Multimedia Corporation[edit]

Latin American Multimedia Corporation
Headquarters San Diego[2], U.S.
Area served Latin America
Key people Joe Lizura 2008–2011
Everett Hernandez
Website Home page
Joe Lizura on the set of Dos y Dos

Joe Lizura was the head of Latin American Multimedia Corporation from 2008 to 2011.[citation needed] Everett Hernandez is CEO as of 2013.[3]

References[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Gina Catanzarite (2010). "Dos y Dos". Parents' Choice Foundation. Retrieved 2013-07-27. "In both look and pace, Dos y Dos is somewhat reminiscent of The Wiggles, but it has a lot of originality in its content. Cast members speak directly to viewers (and we frequently hear cheerful children's voices answering back), teaching basic academic and social skills."