WVSOM’s Healthy Children’s Initiative wins Emmy for Abracadabra

It was a magical evening for Abracadabra during the 54th annual Ohio Valley Regional Emmy® Awards ceremony in Lawrenceburg, Ind., on Saturday. Cast and crew members waited for the Children/Youth/Teens category to be announced.

The wait was worth it. The episode “Joey’s Time Machine” was pronounced an Emmy winner.

“We are truly grateful to be awarded this Emmy,” said Michael Adelman, D.O., J.D., creator of the show and president emeritus for the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM).

Abracadabra is a component of the Healthy Children’s Initiative at WVSOM. The goal is to present educational lessons on health, nutrition, exercise, safety and science through magic and ventriloquism to help improve the health of viewers.

West Virginia Public Broadcasting (WVPB) partners with WVSOM on the show.

“We appreciate the support and all the work that WVPB contributes to make this show successful,” Adelman said. “They are a professional team and a pleasure to work with.

“Our cast is an amazingly talented group of adults and youth. We have been very fortunate to keep so many of the same cast members over the years. We have seen them grow personally and professionally and it is a true joy that they believe in the purpose of Abracadabra,” he continued.

Marilea Butcher, the show’s producer, expressed thanks and appreciation to all those involved in the project. “All of this certainly would not have been possible without the support of our sponsors — Charleston Area Medical Center, BrickStreet Foundation and Highmark Foundation. Their support during the years has been phenomenal,” she said. “We are grateful to Jeff Kerscher who writes almost all of the original songs for Abracadabra.”

“Abracadabra has been a great learning and growing experience for WVPB,” said Chuck Roberts, interim executive director for WVPB. “Since arriving on our air, the video production department efforts led by Larry Dowling have been impressive to say the least. These efforts are greatly deserving of the recognition that the Emmy nod brings to the entire cast and crew. To Dr. Adelman and everyone involved, a heartfelt congratulations.”

The show has received positive feedback and appreciation from parents and teachers for educating young viewers and encouraging them to make healthy choices.

The story line of “Joey’s Time Machine” takes the cast and viewers back in time to visit famous scientists who were successful in making an impact. This year, Abracadabra was one of 312 Emmy nominees out of 907 entries. The basis for earning an Emmy award is excellence. Judges base their scores on effective visual techniques, strong content and overall impact.

Season 6 recording of Abracadabra took place this summer at Concord University with college students serving as the production crew members. Rob Hoffman, assistant professor of communication arts, served as technical director and provided guidance to the students.

Abracadabra currently airs in 10 states and is available on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/user/abratv1.

Date Added: 
Monday, August 27, 2018