Sesame Street in Puerto Rico is a prime-time Sesame Street special that was broadcast by PBS on November 25, 1979. The half-hour special was reworked from the premiere episode of season 11 and features Maria traveling to Puerto Rico for a visit with her relatives.
Producer Michael Cozell told the press that the city of San German was chosen after scouting multiple locations because "it offered a contrast of the old and the new" and for its proximity to the hills and the ocean. Production had expected to hire several local actors, but ended up casting mostly locals and only two actors: Marta Sanjuro as Aunt Marta and Rafael Lugo as Uncle Rafael. Cozell also acknowledged the hospitality of the Vilanovas family (Ronaldo and Annie played two of Maria's cousins) who helped the production team integrate into the town.
- ↑ Green Bay Press Gazette "Sesame Street Puerto Rican Visit Pays Off" by Tom Jory, Nov 24, 1979