Penny on M.A.R.S.

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Penny on M.A.R.S.
Created by Beatrice Valsecchi
Written by
  • Beatrice Valsecchi
  • Fabrizio Lucherini
  • Giacomo Berdini
  • Angelo Pastore
Directed by Claudio Norza
  • Olivia-Mai Barrett
  • Shannon Gaskin
  • Finlay MacMillan
  • Damien Walsh
  • Luke Walsh
  • Olivia Chan
  • Jessica Alexander
  • Ryan Dean
Theme music composer Giordano Cremona, Federico Mercuri, Marco Sissa and Colin Paul Buffet
Opening theme We are the M.A.R.S
Country of origin Italy
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 16
Executive producer(s) Nadia Grippiolo, Lucio Wilson
Producer(s) Piero Crispino
Production location(s) Milan, Italy
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s)
Original network Disney Channel Italy
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Audio format Stereo
Original release May 7, 2018 (2018-05-07)
Preceded by Alex & Co. (2015-2017)

Penny on M.A.R.S. is an English-language teen dramedy series of the Walt Disney Company, which is produced in Italy. The series is a spin-off of the successful Italian series Alex & Co. of the Disney Channel. The series is commissioned by 3Zero2 in cooperation with The Walt Disney Company Italy. The premiere of the series was on May 7, 2018 on Disney Channel Italy.[1] In the UK, the series premiered on June 4, 2018 on Disney Channel.[2]

On April 10, 2018, the production of the second season was announced.[3]


Penny passes the auditions to enter the M.A.R.S. high school, one of the most exclusive performing arts schools in the world. The M.A.R.S. has strict rules and is very competitive, Penny and her schoolmates have to pass a daily test. But Penny is special, she has a secret that must keep over all: she is the daughter of Bakìa, one of the biggest pop stars of the moment, who has managed to make nobody know about her daughter by enrolling her in a boarding school in Switzerland so that she could have a "normal" childhood and not hinder her career.

Now Penny is growing up and wants to follow her dream: attending the M.A.R.S. together with Camilla, her best friend, and finally live like all the girls of her age. That's why she signs up for the M.A.R.S. with a fake name, she wants to test her talent and make it by herself without having to deal with her mother's cumbersome success.

The only one at the M.A.R.S. who knows her real identity is Camilla. They are like sisters and nothing can separate them, or that's what they thought until they fall in love with the same boy at school, the charming Sebastian. And while she follows her dream, Penny will also have a mystery to solve: finding out who her father is.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main Characters[edit]

Character Actor Seasons
Penny Mendez Olivia-Mai Barrett Main
Camilla Young Shannon Gaskin Main
Sebastian Storm Finlay MacMillan Main
Sofia Hu Olivia Chan Main
Mike Weber Luke Walsh Main
Nick Weber Damien Walsh Main
Aleksandr "Sasha" Lukin Ryan Dean Main
Lucy Carpenter Jessica Alexander Main

Recurring Characters[edit]

Character Actor Seasons
Freddy Wolf Ben Richards Recurring
Bakìa Merissa Porter Recurring
Debbie Cornish Hanna Hefner Recurring
Raul Storm Joseph Rye Recurring
Mitch Storm Charlie Gardner Recurring
Bruce Gold Michael Rodgers Recurring
Roberto Piccolo William Kenning Recurring
Sean Mc Dougal Alton Terry Recurring
Ella Johnson Nathalie Rapti Gomez Recurring
Tosca Bauer Melanie Gray Recurring
Arianna Arianna Di Claudio Guest
Lisa Cunningham Katie McGovern Guest
Andrew Young Douglas Dean Guest
Mr. Carpenter Andrea Scarduzio Guest
Mrs. Carpenter Cecilia Gragnani Guest


In April 2017, it was announced that The Walt Disney Company Italy planned to produce an English language spin-off from the successful series Alex & Co.[4] The start of shooting for the 17-part first season was planned for Autumn 2017. Penny on M.A.R.S. was produced in English instead of Italian because it was believed that the series could be sold better internationally. The characters Penny, Camilla, Bakìa and Freddy Wolf from Penny on M.A.R.S. had performances in the special episodes (the last episodes) of Alex & Co., in which the spin-off series was introduced. On June 29, 2017, the spin-off series after the last episode of Alex & Co. was officially announced in a teaser, thereby also announcing the title Penny on M.A.R.S..[5]

The first table read for the first season was on September 20, 2017.[6] Shooting for the first season began on September 28, 2017 and ended on December 15, 2017.[7] The shooting took place in Milan and the surrounding area.[8] The backdrop of the Music Arts Reiner School (short M.A.R.S.) is the building of the design department of the Bovisa's headquarters of the Polytechnic University of Milan.


SeasonEpisodesOriginally airedUK & Ireland airdate
First airedLast airedFirst airedLast aired
116May 7, 2018 (2018-05-07)May 25, 2018 (2018-05-25)June 4, 2018 (2018-06-04)June 28, 2018 (2018-06-28)


The first album from the series was released on May 4, 2016 in Italy. It contains the following list of songs:[9]

1."We Are the M.A.R.S." (Olivia-Mai Barrett & Ryan Dean)
  • Giordano Cremona
  • Federico Mercuri
  • Marco Sissa
  • Colin Paul Buffet
2."Rain and Shine" (Olivia-Mai Barrett & Shannon Gaskin)
  • Federica Camba
  • Daniele Coro
  • Enrico Sibilla
3."Nobody's Perfect" (Merissa Porter)Gaetano Cappa3:16
4."Never Doubt I Love" (Olivia-Mai Barrett & Finlay MacMillan)
  • Abigail Hercules
  • David Roper
  • Richard Taylor
5."So Sure" (Olivia-Mai Barrett & Finlay MacMillan)
  • Steve Rushton
  • Tim Woodcock
6."Rain and Shine - Ci sarò, ci sarai" (Federica Carta & Olivia-Mai Barrett)
  • Federica Camba
  • Daniele Coro
  • Enrico Sibilla


  1. ^ "Disney Channel - Penny on M.A.R.S. - Una nuova serie". YouTube (in Italian). Retrieved 2018-05-12.
  2. ^ "Penny on M.A.R.S. starts in the UK". Instagram. Retrieved 2018-05-12.
  3. ^ "Penny on M.A.R.S. - la conferenza stampa della nuova serie Disney" (in Italian). Retrieved 2018-05-12.
  4. ^ "Arriva Nella, principessa cavaliere che non aspetta il principe azzurro" (in Italian). 2017-04-08. Retrieved 2017-10-14.
  5. ^ "Penny on M.A.R.S. promo". 2017-09-24. Retrieved 2017-10-14.
  6. ^ ""First Penny on MARS read through"". 2017-09-20. Retrieved 2017-10-14.
  7. ^ "Filming information by MotoreCinema" (in Italian). 2017-09-29. Retrieved 2017-10-14.
  8. ^ "CASTING PER NUOVA SERIE TV DISNEY "PENNY ON MARS"" (in Italian). 2017-07-04. Retrieved 2017-10-14.
  9. ^ "Penny On M.A.R.S. (Musica dalla serie TV)". iTunes Store. Retrieved May 16, 2018.

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