MICKEY MOUSE CLUB PREMIERED 61 YEARS AGO
Anaheim, California (JFK+50) Sixty-one years ago, October 3, 1955, "The Mickey Mouse Club" premiered on the ABC television network. The program, created by Walt Disney, was a variety show which showcased talented teenage performers. Each show began with the "Mouseketeer Roll Call" in which each member of the cast would introduce themselves by first name.
The show, which ran for three seasons, was hosted by Jimmy Dodd who wrote the Club's theme song, "The Mickey Mouse March." A second adult performer was Roy Williams.
Five hundred teenagers auditioned for the role of "Mouseketeer." They were tested for their skills in song and dance. Thirty-nine were selected and appeared on the show during its run, among them were Annette Funicello, Cubby O'Brien and Karen Pendleton.
The program, which aired Monday-Friday from 5 to 6 p.m., was reviewed by Associated Press on December 3, 1955 as follows...
"The show is both entertaining and enlightening, done with as much taste and care as any adult program."
The first Mickey Mouse Club was a theater-based series beginning on January 4, 1930 at the Fox Dome Theater in Ocean Park, California.
"The Original Mickey Mouse Club Show," www.originalmmc.com/show.html/
Jimmy Dodd & The Mouseketeers