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Parents need to know that Lost & Found Music Studios is a scripted drama series geared toward tweens that's designed to look like a reality show. It follows teen musicians who collaborate in an after-school program and work toward the chance to go on a live tour sponsored by the music studio. The show explores their musical accomplishments as well as the relationships they forge in the close quarters at Lost & Found. Predictably there are romantic involvements, friendships, and a healthy dose of social and musical rivalry among the cast, but there also are many instances in which people of different backgrounds and musical persuasions bond over their shared passion. Some characters are dealing with stressful situations, such as the recent death of a parent or negative influence from a wayward family member, but overall the tone is positive and self-affirming.
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What's the story?
LOST & FOUND MUSIC STUDIOS centers on a group of teens involved in an extracurricular music program at a studio that turns out artists for a live tour every year. They collaborate artistically, write songs, and perform together, but they're also vying for rights to join the tour conceived by studio owner Mr. T (Michael Torontow). With stakes this high, tensions can run deep, but the teens also find in each other kindred spirits who celebrate each other's victories and support their friends through the tough times. Central to the story are Luke (Shane Harte), Theo (Levi Randall), James (Trevor Tordjman), and John (Alex Zaichkowski), whose band often entertains on the Lost & Found stage. Leia (Keara Graves) is an aspiring songwriter with a soft spot for Luke, and Michelle (Victoria Baldesarra) is a dancer who's navigating a relationship with soft-spoken John. Eva (Ella Jonas Farlinger) finds in Lost & Found a place where she can truly be herself, unlike in her strict home life, and Isaac shares the sentiment, trying to escape from a difficult home life. Like the artists it welcomes, Lost & Found offers something different for everyone who steps through its doors, but it's a place where voices are found, friends are made, and dreams are realized.
Is it any good?
This quality drama will entice tweens with its attractive cast and the engrossing evolution of their many relationships. It's pretty soapy; there are love triangles everywhere you turn and emotional backstories that complicate the characters' friendships (and sometimes rivalries). It's a complex web of personalities, rivalries, successes, and failures, and it's easy to get caught up in all the goings-on. But even with all the teen issues at play, Lost & Found Music Studios is mostly appropriate for tweens, and the messages are mostly positive and self-affirming, emphasizing the value of friendship and the healing power of self-expression through music.
And speaking of music, viewers are treated to numerous musical performances on the show, both solo and group and representing many different styles. They also get a sense of what goes on behind the scenes when it comes to writing and performing music, and it illustrates the link between emotions and music.
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Families can talk about how the characters in Lost & Found Music Studios relate to each other. Are they always friendly? Do they handle competition well? Can you relate to the struggles they have with each other? Why is it sometimes hard to blend different personalities?
Who among the teens can be considered good role models? What of their qualities stand out for you? Tweens: Do you have people to whom you look up? Is it always important to have an example to follow, or can you use your conscience as a guide?
How does this series present romantic relationships and love? What makes the couples in the show able to relate to each other? How does music supersede their differences? What common bond do you share with friends who otherwise might not be in your circle?
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