A new, Triangle-based kids show will start airing on WRAL-TV in April.
"The Rusty Bucket Kids" will broadcast for the first time at noon on April 17. The show is produced in Apex, New Hill and at the New Hope Valley Railway in Bonsal. And, in a new twist on product placement, it will feature area businesses in the show. You'll be able to find it online, on TV and on DVDs.
The show follows the lives of the Rusty Bucket Kids, who live in the small southern town of Peak City, played by the Town of Apex. Roxanna Demers, 11, (as Roxanna Peakssen) and JohnColeman Demers, 9, (as JohnColeman Peakssen) travel back in time on Steamy, played by The New Hope Valley Railway Steam Locomotive No. 17 and Caboose No. 308. They visit the teenaged-version of famous Americans.
In the hour-long pilot episode, which airs on April 17, Scott Andrew Taylor, 15, stars as a young Abraham Lincoln, who struggles with school and self education when he has to stay at home and help his father and family with work. Other local celebrity cast members include former WRAL news anchor Charles Gaddy (as Grandpa Peakssen) and WRAL personality Mark Roberts (as Peak City town manager Nate Weaver). You may also recognize storyteller Claudio Oswald Niedworok; North Carolina historian J.C. Knowles; and Apex Mayor Keith Weatherly.
"The Rusty Bucket Kids" also has partnered with the CoolKidz Expo, which will be at the Raleigh Convention Center from April 17 to April 18. The show's pilot episode also will premiere April 17 at the Expo's Peak City International Film Festival Theatre.
Expo attendees will be able to interact with some cast members, see performances of The Rusty Bucket Band, and check out the vintage Rusty Bucket Truck. Merchandise will be for sale and there will also be autographed giveaways and ticket giveaways to the New Hope Valley Railway for a ride on Steamy, the show's time-travel train.
See more about the show in this video.
And Go Ask Mom is excited to be a part of the Expo. Be sure to stop by to see us if you're there.