Stage and screen star Alfred Molina recently took part in for Disney Junior's acclaimed short-form series "A Poem Is…" by reciting Clement Moore's "A Visit From St. Nicholas." The episode premieres this Friday, December 7 at 8:55 a.m., ET/PT on Disney Channel. BroadwayWorld brings you an exclusive first look at the episode below!
Designed to cultivate fond memories of Disney classics for parents and create new ones for kids, "A Poem Is…" features poetry set to animation from some of the most beloved Disney films such as "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," "Cinderella," "Beauty and the Beast" and "Sleeping Beauty." Past celebrity narrators include: Jessica Alba, Kenneth Branagh, Viola Davis, Jennifer Garner, Whoopi Goldberg, Katie Holmes, Caroline Kennedy, John Leguizamo, Laura Linney, Liev Schreiber, Vanessa Williams and Owen Wilson. The interstitial series also features an introduction by young children talking about what a poem is to them.
"A Poem Is…" airs during Disney Channel's Disney Junior programming block for kids age 2-7 and on the 24-hour Disney Junior channel. The series was created by Brian Hohlfeld and Steve Arenas. Hohlfeld ("My Friends Tigger & Pooh," "Pooh's Heffalump Movie") serves as the executive producer.
Molina's stage work has included two major Royal National Theatre productions, Tennessee Williams' The Night of the Iguana (as Shannon) and David Mamet's Speed-the-Plow. In his Broadway debut, Molina performed in Yasmina Reza's Tony Award-winning play 'Art', for which he received a Tony nomination in 1998. In 2004, Molina returned to the stage, starring as Tevye in the Broadway production of Fiddler on the Roof. For his performance he once again received a Tony Award nomination, this time for Best Actor in a Musical. Molina received his third Tony Award nomination for Red in 2010, for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play.