is a children's television series
that aired on Nick Jr.
from July 12, 1994 to May 1, 1996, with reruns airing from May 2, 1996 to August 30, 2000 and later airing on Noggin
from February 2, 1999 to April 2003. The show featured child actor Tessa Ludwick
and dealt with the daily life of a precocious, imaginative puppet
named Allegra, in a similar style to Sesame Street
It follows her through the daily triumphs, trials, and tribulations of being young. She and her big brother Rondo, along with her best friend Lindi (a puppy
) and a pesky blue neighborhood cat
named Riff, all try to learn about the world around them with the help of their neighborhood friends. At the end of each episode, Allegra sits at her window and reflects on all the lessons she has learned. Most things in the show had something to do with music, such as the dog being named Lindy (a type of dance), Rondo (another type of dance), Thizzle (another dance), Riff (as in a guitar riff), and the title character's name itself, with allegro
being a cheerful tempo.
The original decision to use the name Allegra for the show's protagonist occurred after executive producer Jan Fleming-Chandler attended a dinner party at the house of some London-based academic friends and was struck by the cuteness of their youngest daughter, Allegra Collins. That evening she told the parents that she would have the little girl at the center of the project she was working on named after their... Read More