Gullah Gullah Island

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Gullah Gullah Island
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Created by Maria Magdalena Perez
Kathleen Minton Capano
Kit Laybourne
Starring Ron Daise
Natalie Daise
Theme music composer Peter Lurye
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English, introducing Gullah
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 66
Production
Executive producer(s) Maria Perez-Brown
Kathleen Minton Capano
Kit Laybourne
Camera setup Videotape; Multi-camera
Running time 24 minutes
Production company(s) Magnet Productions (season 1)
Perez-Minton Productions, Inc.
Broadcast
Original channel Nickelodeon
Original run July 6, 1994 (1994-07-06) – January 9, 1998 (1998-01-09)

Gullah Gullah Island is an American musical children's television series that was produced by and aired on the Nickelodeon network from 1994-1998.[1] The show starred Ron and Natalie Daise, who also served as the cultural advisors, and was inspired by the Gullah culture of Ron Daise's home of St. Helena Island, South Carolina, part of the Sea Islands.[2][3]

Origin and development[edit]

Ron Daise's book Reminiscences of Sea Island Heritage was published in 1987. He and his New York-born wife, Natalie Daise (née Eldridge), followed by creating and touring with a multimedia show, Sea Island Montage, based on the book as well as stories from oral histories of elderly St. Helena Island residents.[4][5] After one of their performances, the Daises met with an executive producer from Nickelodeon.[6] Creator Maria Perez-Brown had planned on building a multicultural program featuring a "magical island" and was inspired by the Daises to use the Sea Islands and elements of Gullah culture.[7][8][9] Part of Nickelodeon's initiative to broaden its preschool programming, Gullah Gullah Island was the first show of its kind to star an African-American family set in an indigenously black community.[6][10] The show's originality caused some upfront concerns. "We were apprehensive about naming it `Gullah Gullah Island. We wanted to make sure the portrayal was positive and didn't in any way poke fun at the culture or the community," Ron Daise said of creating a show based on an existing culture.[11]

Format and production[edit]

Gullah Gullah Island is a sing-a-long half-hour live-action show.[2] The format was part of a 'flexible-thinking' initiative that taught children to make good choices rather than using a rote memorization.[8][12]

The series revolves around a family headed by Ron and Natalie Daise, playing fictionalized versions of themselves, set on the fictional "Gullah Gullah Island". Additional cast featured the Daise's actual children Simeon and Sara among others, including a full-body puppet tadpole, Binyah Binyah Polliwog '(Binyah' is the Gullah word for 'island native'.)[13] The show was taped and recorded at Nickelodeon Studios in Orlando at Universal Studios Florida, with the show Clarissa Explains It All shot on the same set (interior and exterior).[6][14][15] Outdoor shots featured Beaufort, South Carolina and Fripp Island.[11][16] Charleston, SC was featured in one episode when the family took a trip to the City Market.[17][18]

Episodes are presented with a unified plot and not separate segments, featuring singing, dancing, learning and encouraging children think about things like taking care of yourself, animals, telling the truth, social skills, and problem solving.[12][19] The show also highlights the culture and language of Gullah, descendants of former slaves who live on the Sea Islands off South Carolina and Georgia.[18]

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

Critical reception of the show was consistently positive; both as a children's show and as groundbreaker for African American programming, it was praised for "vividly colored sets, infectious sing-alongs, unique character accents and quirky humor that defined the show and introduced millions of children to an overlooked but centuries-old branch of African American culture."[5] It was described as "a combination summer camp, cheerleading session and music video."[20] The issues, especially with the first season, had to do with show's depiction being unrealistic. "The songs were lively and catchy, the kids were cute and the general theme was unlike other kids' programming," Jenifer Managan of Chicago Tribune wrote. However;

...it stars "perfect" parents, Ron and Natalie Daise, who with their three children (who never fight), neighbors and friends seek to entertain and socially educate kids through a sing-song series. While the show encourages active participation from at-home viewers, the dictionary responses and incomparable energy from the Daises make normal parents look like misfits. Perhaps as the show seasons, the lip-syncing will improve and the characters won't be so picture-perfect.[11][12]

In 1996, TV Guide named the show one of "10 best children's shows".[5] During its original broadcast, it was Nickelodeon's highest-rating preschool show averaging more 750,000 viewers per episode.[10][14][19]

Awards[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Episode Result
1995 Parents' Choice Award[21][22] DVDs - Home Video Gullah Gullah Island: Sing Along With Binyah Binyah Won
1996 NAACP Image Award[21][23] Outstanding Educational/Informational Youth or Children's Series/Special Gullah Gullah Island Nominated
1997 NAACP Image Award[21][23] Outstanding Educational/Informational Youth or Children's Series/Special Gullah Gullah Island Nominated
Daytime Emmy Award[21][23][24] Outstanding Pre-School Children's Series Kathleen Minton (executive producer), Maria Perez-Brown (executive producer), Diane Fazio (supervising producer), Stephanie N. Jones (coordinating producer) Nominated
Writers Guild of America Award[21] Children's Script Eric Weiner Look Who's Balking Nominated
1998 NAACP Image Award[21][23] Outstanding Educational/Informational Youth or Children's Series/Special The Christmas Special Nominated
Outstanding Performance in a Youth or Children's Series/Special Ron Daise, Natalie Daise The Christmas Special Nominated
2000 NAACP Image Award[21][23] Outstanding Educational/Informational Youth or Children's Series/Special Gullah Gullah Island Nominated

Broadcast, syndication and marketing[edit]

The show ran for 4 seasons from 1994–1998, with a total of 61 episodes. Several special home video releases accompanied the original broadcast, including: Binyah Binyah's Surprise (1994),[25] Gullah Gullah Island: Play Along With Binyah and Friends (1994),[26] Gullah Gullah Island - Dance Along with the Daise Family (1997),[27] and Gullah Gullah Island Christmas (1998).[28]

Reruns of Gullah Gullah Island aired on Noggin (now Nick Jr.) from February 2, 1999-April 2004 and again from 2008–January 1, 2012. The series begin currently airing in reruns on BET and Centric on April 16, 2012.

Home videos of the show were released on VHS format by Sony Wonder from 1995-1996 and later by Paramount from 1996-1998. As of February 7, 2012, every season of the series is being released to DVD through Amazon.com's MOD (Make On Demand) program.[29] Nickelodeon licensed a series of children's books, musical cassettes and "Binyah Binyah Polliwog" plush animals.[14]

Cast[edit]

Vanessa Baden, James Edward Coleman III, Ron Daise, and Natalie Daise - Themselves

  • Manolo Villaverde - Abuelo
  • Iris Chacón - Ms. Juana
  • Pixee Wales - Grandma Pixee
  • Mike Walker - Ranger Mike
  • Corey Hayes - Himself
  • Simeon Othello Daise - Himself
  • Shaina M. Freeman - Herself (1994–1996)
  • Tristin Mays - Shaina (1997)
  • Cristian Sola - Miguel (1997)
  • Sara Makeba Daise - Sara (1994–1997)

Mia Barrington, Gregory Davis II - Themselves

  • Armando Guerra - Armando (1994–1997)
  • Philip D. Garcia - Binyah Binyah (1994–1996) (Note: Philip Garcia was killed in a car accident in 1996, which is why Justin Campbell had the role of Binyah Binyah for the 3rd season)
  • Justin Campbell - Binyah Binyah (1996–1998)
  • Ana Christina Randolph - Marisol

Bryan Nguyen, Jessica Gorski - Themselves

and

  • James J. Kroupa - Chansome

and

Episodes[edit]

Season 1: 1994-1995[edit]

Ep # Title Airdate
01 "Ron's Birthday" July 6, 1994 (1994-07-06)
The family throws a surprise party for Ron.(Series Premiere)
02 "Charleston Market" July 13, 1994 (1994-07-13)
The family takes a trip off the island to the Charleston City Market.
03 "The Binyah Binyah Polliwog Show" July 20, 1994 (1994-07-20)
A disagreement with Binyah causes the family to reminisce about heartfelt memories.
04 "Gullah Gullah Island Day" July 27, 1994 (1994-07-27)
The family takes part in a festival celebrating the heritage of the island.
05 "Going Places" August 10, 1994 (1994-08-10)
A trip is foiled by everything that is supposed to move, but doesn't.
06 "Yes I Can" August 17, 1994 (1994-08-17)
The kids learn new things.
07 "Rain, Rain Go Away" August 24, 1994 (1994-08-24)
The kids feel that the rain makes everything boring but end up exciting ways to occupy themselves indoors.
08 "Baby Animals" March 15, 1995 (1995-03-15)
Organization of baby clothes leads to an investigation of babies around the island, especially baby birds.
09 "Oops!" March 22, 1995 (1995-03-22)
Everybody makes mistakes. The kids learn that mistakes are a part of life.
10 "James Treasure Box" March 29, 1995 (1995-03-29)
Lobster claws and old spark-plugs and other treasures gathered from a trip with Ranger Mike! James gets a new treasure box to hold them all.
11 "James' Please Don't Eat the Alstons" April 5, 1995 (1995-04-05)
Natalie makes a doll out of okra; Binyah Binyah steals cookies; Ron and James go to the supermarket and learn about healthy foods.
12 "Carnival" April 12, 1995 (1995-04-12)
When Juana brings gifts of musical instruments back from Puerto Rico, it inspires everyone to dress up in disguises and costumes for their own Carnival.
13 "Relaciones Familares" April 19, 1995 (1995-04-19)
The Alstons house on Gullah Gullah island is a friendly place, where even polliwogs are invited to make themselves at home.
14 "The Green Show" April 26, 1995 (1995-04-26)
The family learns about growing things from Farmer Holmes. Shaina plants her first seedling.
15 "The School Show" May 3, 1995 (1995-05-03)
Shaina and Sara visit a school to see what older kids do there.
16 "Say What?!" May 10, 1995 (1995-05-10)
On a quiet day on Gullah Gullah Island, Natalie closes her eyes to hear all the sounds around; chirping birds, an airplane in the sky, breaking glass.
17 "Rhythm & Rhyme All the Time" May 17, 1995 (1995-05-17)
Flower, shower; Spring, swing; Cat, hat. On Gullah Gullah Island, the beat spreads like wildfire.

Season 2: 1995-1996[edit]

Ep # Title Airdate
18 "The Pet Show" October 25, 1995 (1995-10-25)
Vanessa is given the task of watching the class pet rabbit over the weekend. But when the rabbit goes missing, it's up to Vanessa and James' new club, The Lost and Found Agency, to find him.
19 "Simeon's Day" November 1, 1995 (1995-11-01)
Simeon has a special day with many surprises, including hot dogs for breakfast and a puppet show.
20 "Friendship - Just the Perfect Blendship" November 8, 1995 (1995-11-08)
Shaina has a new friend; James and Vanessa go crabbing.
21 "What's Up With Jobs?" November 15, 1995 (1995-11-15)
The kids learn about jobs and what people do during work.
22 "Binyah Binyah the Barbarian" November 22, 1995 (1995-11-22)
On the 15th anniversary of Natalie and Ron's marriage, the family celebrates. Binyah Binyah learns the importance of manners with the kids.
23 "Food, Glorious Food" November 29, 1995 (1995-11-29)
The family helps to make a pot-luck dinner and Shaina learns the importance of trying new foods.
24 "Miss Ella Mae Breadsticks" December 6, 1995 (1995-12-06)
Shaina is embarrassed by her imaginary friend; the kids learn about driftwood art.
25 "The School Show" December 13, 1995 (1995-12-13)
Shaina and Sara visit a kindergarten classroom.
26 "Charleston Market" December 20, 1995 (1995-12-20)
The family goes to the Charleston Market in Charleston, South Carolina.
27 "My Favorite Things" January 10, 1995 (1995-01-10)
The family shares with each other their favorite things. Shaina is determined to find her 'favorite favorite' thing.
28 "Chansome's Big Surprises" January 24, 1995 (1995-01-24)
Chansome the seagull has a big surprise for the family.
29 "The Big Sleepover" February 7, 1996 (1996-02-07)
The children feud over who gets to sleep in the living room during a sleepover.
30 "Get Out Of My Hair!" February 14, 1996 (1996-02-14)
Simeon gets his first haircut, James puts on a beard and the girls have their very own hair show.
31 "The Troll that Ate Gullah Gullah Island" February 21, 1996 (1996-02-21)
All the kids act to their own version of "The Three Billy Goats Gruff."
32 "Things That Go Bump in the Night" February 28, 1996 (1996-02-28)
The family is awakened at night but why?
33 "Natalie's Sick" March 7, 1996 (1996-03-07)
The kids take care of Natalie while she is sick with the cold and Binyah Binyah picks her flowers.
34 "Big and Small" March 28, 1996
The family goes on a bicycle outing; Shaina teaches Simeon many new things.
35 "Christmas Special" April 4, 1996 (1996-04-04)
Shaina dreams that she is in the North Pole. The family celebrates Christmas.
36 "Mercy Mercy Me!" April 11, 1996 (1996-04-11)
In honor of Nature Day the gang learns to recycle and organizes their very own cleanup.

Season 3: 1996-1997[edit]

Ep # Title Airdate
37 "A Day At The Beach" June 7, 1996 (1996-06-07)
The kids prepare for a day at the beach.
38 "All Boats Away" June 8, 1996 (1996-06-08)
Mia and the kids help build a paper boat.
39 "How You Sound" June 9, 1996 (1996-06-09)
The family sings and acts in their very own band.
40 "Shaina's Birthday Party" June 15, 1996 (1996-06-15)
Shaina celebrates her fifth birthday.
41 "A Barrel of Laughs" June 21, 1996 (1996-06-21)
The gang tries to make each other laugh on Tickle My Ticklebone Day.
42 "The Gullah Gullah Games" June 22, 1996 (1996-06-22)
Pro-basketball player, Dennis Scott, teaches James to play basketball and the importance of practice.
43 "Family Day" June 29, 1996 (1996-06-29)
James is upset when Saturday doesn't go as he planned.
44 "Binyah Binyah's Parade" July 5, 1996 (1996-07-05)
Binyah Binyah wants to play parade right now! Only no one wants to play with a pesky polliwog. If only he could learn a little patience.
45 "Animal See, Animal Do" September 25, 1996 (1996-09-25)
Shaina is sad when she can't have a horse.
46 "Special Places" June 7, 1997 (1997-06-07)
Feeling a little crowded in the room she shares with Shaina, a frustrated Vanessa finds a special place of her own. But feeling all alone turns out to be a lot lonelier than she expected.
47 "Fixing A Hurt" June 14, 1997 (1997-06-14)
Ranger Mike takes Shaina to see how to help and injured animal at the vets after Shaina hurt her knee at the house earlier that day.
48 "The Collection Show" June 21, 1997 (1997-06-21)
The kids show their collections.
49 "Shapes and Colors" June 28, 1997 (1997-06-28)
The kids learn about shapes and colors.
50 "We Are Family" July 5, 1997 (1997-07-05)
The kids learn about the importance of family.
51 "Beat It!" July 12, 1997 (1997-07-12)
The gang learns about rhythm.
52 "James' New Friend" July 19, 1997 (1997-07-19)
The family is introduced to James' new friend; Vanessa and Jessica bicker.
53 "The Magic Show" July 26, 1997 (1997-07-26)
James can't seem to get his magic tricks to work.
54 "Gullah Gullah Ghoul-land (Halloween Special)" October 31, 1997 (1997-10-31)
The kids get scared while sleeping outside.
55 "Home Alone With Grandma" November 7, 1997 (1997-11-07)
When Natalie and Ron are away, James and Vanessa's grandmother comes to visit.
56 "The Mighty Cootas" November 14, 1997 (1997-11-14)
Shaina and Binyah Binyah play baseball for "The Mighty Cootas", and learn the importance of teamwork and learning from one's mistakes.
57 "Campout" November 15, 1997 (1997-11-15)
The family goes camping. Shaina's nervous because it is her first camping experience, so Ron and Natalie show her the things that make camping fun and there's nothing to worry about.
58 "Feelings Soup" November 16, 1997 (1997-11-16)
The kids and family learn all about different feelings.
59 "The Hottest Day of the Year" November 17, 1997 (1997-11-17)
The air conditioning at the house breaks and everyone tries to find new ways to cool off.
60 "Polliwog Day" December 12, 1997 (1997-12-12)
The family learns all about polliwogs.
61 "Say What?" December 19, 1997 (1997-12-19)
The kids learn to listen to all the sounds around us.
62 "Here Come the Hatchlings" January 9, 1998 (1998-01-09)
Vanessa stays home while the family goes with Ranger Mike to see turtles hatch.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gullah Gullah Island Episodes 1994, TV Show. "Gullah Gullah Island (70)". TV Guide. © 2014 CBS Interactive Inc. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 
  2. ^ a b deVere, Paul (September 2008). "Ron and Natalie Daise: A Conversation". CH2 (Celebrate Hilton Head Magazine). Retrieved 6 June 2014. 
  3. ^ National Park Service, US Department of the Interior. "Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor FL,GA,NC,SC". National Park Service: Management. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 
  4. ^ Daise, Ronald (1987). Reminiscences of Sea Island Heritage. Orangeburg, SC: Sandlapper Publishing Company, Incorporated. p. 103. ISBN 087844081X. Retrieved 7 June 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c McClure, Greg (April 30, 2013). "Gullah stories, songs featured in BCC presentation at Fowler Hall". Purdue University. Purdue News. Retrieved 7 June 2014. Ron and Natalie Daise starred in and served as cultural consultants for the "Gullah Gullah Island" television show on Nick Jr. from 1994-98. It was named one of the 10 best children's shows by TV Guide in 1996 and in 1997 was nominated for a daytime Emmy in the preschool series category. The show was nominated twice for the NAACP Image Award and won two Parent's Choice Awards. Ron, a native of St. Helena Island, S.C., and Natalie Daise have been performing together since 1983 and were married in 1985. They then began touring with their show, Sea Island Montage, based on Ron's book Reminiscences of Sea Island Heritage, in 1986. The performances were based on stories from oral histories of elderly St. Helena Island residents. 
  6. ^ a b c Cooperstein, Natalie (May 25, 2013). "Natalie Daise Reveals What it Takes to Become Harriet Tubman" (SPOLETO). Evening Post Industries company. The Post and Courier. Retrieved 7 June 2014. Daise: I was already a storyteller before the show. My husband had written a book about Gullah culture called “Reminiscences of Sea Island Heritage.” He interviewed a lot of the elders on St. Helena Island and I brought those stories to the stage. At one performance, we met an executive producer from Nick and she said, “We could do a show with you guys!” I was pregnant with my second baby at the time and we shot the show in Orlando until he was five. 
  7. ^ Spivack, Elena (February 27, 2014). "Author, actor shares Gullah songs, stories at Gund". The Collegian of Kenyon College. Retrieved 7 June 2014. Daise managed to bring Gullah culture to children’s television with Gullah Gullah Island, which ran from 1994 to 1997 and was the first children’s programming to feature an African-American family. “Somehow — this has been misreported every time — this was not our [intention],” Daise said. He said that, by chance, he lunched with a producer who was visiting a prominent writer on St. Helena Island. For three days after, the producer stayed in Daise’s home, observing him and his family. “That show is our life, but we did not create it,” he said. 
  8. ^ a b McCormick, Moira (April 25, 1995). "Nick Jr.'s Preschool Lineup Debuts on "Gullah Gullah"". Billboard Magazine. pp. 77–78. Retrieved 7 June 2014. 
  9. ^ RUIZ PATTON, Susan (April 24, 1998). "`Gullah' Coming To Fest * Nickelodeon Show Will Be Part Of Asa Packer Series.". The Morning Call (LeHigh Valley). Retrieved 7 June 2014. The tour brings Ron and Natalie and their huge yellow pre-school frog friend, Binyah Binyah Pollywog, directly to fans of "Gullah Gullah Island." (For the uninitiated, the program teaches about helping people and enjoying life while it celebrates the rich cultural and linguistic heritage of the Gullah people, originally West African slaves whose descendants still live in the coastal areas of South Carolina and Georgia.) Going on the road was old hat for Ron and Natalie, who, before "Gullah Gullah Island," traveled the country for a decade performing "Sea Island Montage," a two-person show featuring the songs and stories of the Gullah people. Ron said that he and Natalie aren't terribly disappointed they won't be making any more "Gullah Gullah Island" shows. After all, he said, they have shot four seasons of shows already, a year more than Nickelodeon's standard three-year production for successful pre-school shows. There may be some specials. And they know the show will inspire generations of pre-schoolers to come through syndication. 
  10. ^ a b Brown, Carolyn (February 1996). "The Promise Of Programming". Earl G. Graves, Ltd. Black Enterprise. p. 172. Retrieved 8 June 2014. 
  11. ^ a b c Managan, Jenifer (April 25, 1996). "Gullah-baloo Preschoolers And Their Moms Are Crazy For `Gullah Gullah Island'". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 7 June 2014. Ron and Natalie live in a Buford County, S.C., a Gullah community, with their two children Simeon, 2, and Sara, 5, who also are cast members of "Gullah Gullah Island."The recipient of two Parents' Choice Awards, "Gullah Gullah Island" is more than just playful entertainment for preschoolers. The series revolves around an African-American family--the first in preschool television--and it celebrates the real-life culture and language of Gullah, descendents of former slaves who live on the Sea Islands off South Carolina and Georgia. Ron, who grew up on St. Helena Island as a native Gullah, wrote a book titled "Reminiscences of Sea Island Heritage" that included a collection of islander memoirs and spirituals. He and Natalie toured the country performing original productions of songs and stories depicting Gullah legends and lore, which eventually spawned the TV series. "We were apprehensive about naming it `Gullah Gullah Island,' " Ron said. "We wanted to make sure the portrayal was positive and didn't in any way poke fun at the culture or the community. 
  12. ^ a b c Managan, Jennifer (October 19, 1994). "Think For Yourself New Nick Shows Stress Reasoning Over Memorization". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 7 June 2014. "Gullah Gullah Island." The shows are part of a reported $30 million initiative to expand Nick Jr., the cable network's preschool block (8 a.m. to 1 p.m.) weekdays and to promote "flexible thinking," an approach the network says encourages kids to think on their own when making choices rather than using rote memorization. 
  13. ^ Hendry, Erica (March 2011). "Holding on to Gullah Culture A Smithsonian curator visits a Georgia island to find stories of a shrinking community that has clung to its African traditions". Smithsonian.org. Smithsonian Magazine. Bailey drove Amos around the island in a boxy utility van, pointing out houses and fields and slipping into island dialect: binya is a native islander, comya is a visitor. r 
  14. ^ a b c On TV (July 7, 1996). "Polliwog Helps Bring Gullah Culture To Life". Sun Sentinel. Retrieved 8 June 2014. Gullah Gullah Island, the first preschool show centered on a black family, is the network's top-rated live action preschool show with an estimated 767,000 children between ages 2 and 5 watching daily.The Daises live in nearby Beaufort with their children, 6-year-old Sara and 3-year-old Simeon, who are both in the cast. The show's rising popularity has forced them to get an unlisted number, but fans and their parents still seem to find their way to the Daises' doorstep. Since last fall, the network has licensed a series of children's books, videos, CDs and cassettes. The first of the Binyah Binyah Polliwog plush animals hit the stores in April. The children in the cast are consulted about the dancing and dialogue in the show. "We use `kiddieography' instead of choreography," said choreographer Ken Grant as he watched Vinson take another angle on the beach. The cast, which includes three child actors in addition to the Daises' two children, tapes exteriors for about three weeks each year near Beaufort. The interior scenes are shot at the Nickelodeon studios in Orlando. 
  15. ^ "Nick Kids Random Facts". NickKids.net. Retrieved 7 June 2014. Random fact: the house on Gullah Gullah Island and the house on Clarissa Explains It All were the same house. 
  16. ^ Suhay, Lisa (October 2, 2013). "Real-life 'Gullah Gullah Island' in danger The real life residents of former Nickelodeon television series, 'Gullah Gullah Island' are in danger of losing their island to developers, presenting a rare opportunity for families to connect childhood memories with current events.". Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 7 June 2014. Granted, the Gullah Gullah Island show is long gone, having run from 1994-1997, but the lessons it taught our kids on healthy eating, telling the truth, and problem solving are worth revisiting today. We can use this news item as an opportunity to talk to our kids about problem solving and how the real life residents on this island may need help solving this problem. Reading the news I realized that every day the news gives us a chance to work a “flash challenge” with our kids. It’s worth saving and by extension so is this real world Gullah Island community. Granted, the Nickelodeon show was filmed on the more touristy Fripp Island, Ga., but the cultural base for the show was all Sapelo. 
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  18. ^ a b Duckett, Jody (August 2, 1998). "Imaginations Can Visit `Gullah Gullah Island'". The Morning Call. Retrieved 7 June 2014. The tour brings Ron and Natalie and their huge yellow pre-school frog friend, Binyah Binyah Pollywog, directly to fans of "Gullah Gullah Island." (For the uninitiated, the program teaches about helping people and enjoying life while it celebrates the rich cultural and linguistic heritage of the Gullah people, originally West African slaves whose descendants still live in the coastal areas of South Carolina and Georgia.) There will be familiar songs and stories and children will be encouraged to participate. But Ron doesn't want to say too much about the theme of the low-tech touring show. "It's to encourage the children to use their imaginations to pretend," is all he will say. "I'd like it to be a surprise for the audience." A big difference between the television show and the touring show is there's a lot less dialogue without the presence of the show's close-knit "family" of three children and relatives and friends. The Daises' own children, Simeon, 4, and Sara, 7, both act on the television show. The touring show started as a 30-minute live gig at bookstores and malls. It was called "Nick Jr. Story and Song Play Along." The crowds were so large that in January, Nickelodeon launched an 1-1/2-hour show for larger venues. Going on the road was old hat for Ron and Natalie, who, before "Gullah Gullah Island," traveled the country for a decade performing "Sea Island Montage," a two-person show featuring the songs and stories of the Gullah people. They also have toured extensively to promote their independently produced books and records, including Ron's children's book "Little Muddy Waters: A Gullah Folk Tale" and the recently released recording "Sleep Tight: Lullabies & Night-Night Stories." Ron said that he and Natalie aren't terribly disappointed they won't be making any more "Gullah Gullah Island" shows. After all, he said, they have shot four seasons of shows already, a year more than Nickelodeon's standard three-year production for successful pre-school shows. There may be some specials. And they know the show will inspire generations of pre-schoolers to come through syndication. 
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