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Penny on M.A.R.S. is the upcoming Alex & Co. spin-off that will be broadcast on Disney Channel Italy and Disney Channel UK in spring 2018.

The series was announced on June 29, 2017, after the premiere of the last episode of Alex & Co.


The series follows the adventures of Penny, a girl who has a big talent and a big passion: singing. She decides to enroll in the most famous performing arts high school, the M.A.R.S. Her passion will encourage her to fight for her dreams alongside her best friend Camilla. And soon, the arrival of a boy will complicate things.

Cast and Characters

PennyOnMars Team

Main characters

Recurring characters


  1. Episode 1
  2. Episode 2
  3. Episode 3
  4. Episode 4
  5. Episode 5
  6. Episode 6
  7. Episode 7
  8. Episode 8
  9. Episode 9
  10. Episode 10
  11. Episode 11
  12. Episode 12
  13. Episode 13
  14. Episode 14
  15. Episode 15
  16. Episode 16
  17. Episode 17


Italian dub credits

Character Original actor Italian voice actor
Penny Mendez Olivia-Mai Barrett Tiziana Martello
Camilla Young Shannon Gaskin Lucrezia Marricchi
Bakìa Merissa Porter Jolanda Granato
Freddy Wolf Ben Richards Roberto Palermo
Technical credits
Audio post-production Disc to Disc Productions Milano
Dubbing director Marcello Cortese
Italian dub by DREAM&DREAM

International releases

Country Channel Premiere date Title
Italy flag Italy Disney Channel Italy Around April 2018 Penny on M.A.R.S.
UK flag United Kingdom Disney Channel UK and Ireland
Ireland flag Ireland


  • In its script and clapperboards, the series is called "Penny on MARS", without dots.
  • The cast had the first table read on September 20, 2017.[6][3]
  • Filming for the series began on September 28, 2017 and ended on December 15, 2017, one week before the planned date.[7]
    • The first rehearsals were on September 22.[8]
    • On September 28 there were dance rehearsals.[9]
    • Olivia-Mai Barrett started filming on September 29.[10]
    • The first scenes at the M.A.R.S. were shot on October 6.
    • Jessica Alexander recorded an unknown song on October 13.
    • The last scenes of the first episode were shot on October 19.[11] They were shot in the vicinity of Torre Hadid, a skyscraper in Milan.
    • On October 30 the cast had a promotional photoshoot and shot a videoclip.
    • On November 6, another song was recorded by Shannon Gaskin, Olivia Chan and Damien Walsh.
    • Ben Richards finished filming on November 24.[12]
    • The last episode includes a performance named M.A.R.S Big One. These scenes were the last ones to be shot and they were filmed on December 14 and 15 in Teatro Fontana of Milan.
    • On December 16, all the main cast had a promotional photoshoot and recorded some interviews.
  • This series' director and some writers are the same as Alex & Co.
  • Although the series is in English, it is shot in Milan, Italy.
  • The first promotion of the series aired on June 29, 2017. As the series hadn't started being filmed yet, it is a 15-second video with Penny and Camilla explaining briefly the plot and Alex announcing more details coming soon.

Video Gallery

Penny on M.A.R.S

Penny on M.A.R.S. promo


  1. "Congratulations to Karla Alexandra, chosen for the TV series Penny on M.A.R.S."
  2. Actors in Italy: Katie McGovern
  3. 3.0 3.1 Martina Di Giacomo: "First table read for season one of Penny on MARS!"
  4. Abigail Hercules: "Currently co-producing my song 'Never Doubt I Love'"
  5. Abutail Hercules: "The cast vocals are down on my tune. Thanks Olivia and Finlay"
  6. Jessica Alexander: "First Penny on MARS read through"
  7. Filming information by MotoreCinema Facebook page
  8. Luke Walsh: "Day of rehearsals over"
  9. Choreography rehearsals on Jessica Alexander's Twitter profile
  10. Olivia-Mai Barrett: "My first day of filming tomorrow?!"
  11. Episode 1 behind the scenes pictures
  12. Ben Richards: "That's a wrap for me"