Emma & Alyssa: A Prom Animated Series is an American animated buddy comedy television series based on the broadway musical "The Prom" created by Bob Martin, Matthew Sklar, and Chad Beguelin. The series serves as a spin-off of "The Prom", as well as a direct sequel as it takes places after the events of the musical.
The series takes place after the events of the musical "The Prom" and focuses on Emma Nolan and her girlfriend Alyssa Greene as they create a support group/initiative called the Unruly Hearts Initiative (UHI) for LGBTQ+ people around the world and learning to accept others for who they really are as well as going on crazy adventures throughout Edgewater, Indiana.
Caitlin Kinnunen as Emma Nolan, Alyssa's girlfriend and a lesbian teenage girl and one of the co-founder of the Unruly Hearts Initiative.
Isabelle McCalla as Alyssa Greene, a cheerleader who is Emma's girlfriend and one of the co-founder of the Unruly Hearts Initiative.
Keegan-Michael Key as Tom Hawkins, the principal of James Madison High School.
TBA as Trent Oliver, a Juilliard graduate who is between gigs, once starred in the sitcom Talk to the Hand, and is now a drama teacher at James Madison High School.
Kalyn West as Shelby, Alyssa and Kaylee's cheerleader friend who lost her virginity and once disapproves of Emma taking a girl to prom until Trent Oliver taught her and the other students to follow the "love thy neighbor" rule. Her middle name is Ashley.
Becca Lee as Kaylee, Alyssa's cheerleader friend who has a small tattoo on her wrist and also once disapproves of Emma taking a girl to prom until Trent Oliver taught her and the other students to follow the "love thy neighbor" rule. Her middle name is Mandy.
Drew Redington as Kevin Shield, Shelby's boyfriend.
Teddy Toye as Nick Boomer, Kaylee's boyfriend whose parents are divorced.
Courtenay Collins as Mrs. Greene, Alyssa's mother and the head of Edgewater's PTA. After the events of The Prom, she's learning to be more accepting towards LGBTQ+ people and learn how to be an ally to the LGBTQ+ community instead of being an enemy.
Jo Ellen Pellman as Alex, one of the two new students at James Madison High School who was originally homeschooled with her adopted sister Syd. She and Syd are both gay like Emma and Alyssa who they befriend on their first day. Alex and Syd were adopted by a gay couple at a young age. Alex is an original character made for this show who wasn't in the Broadway show or the movie.
Ariana DeBose as Syd, one of the two new students at James Madison High School who was originally homeschooled with her adopted sister Alex. She and Alex are both gay like Emma and Alyssa who they befriend on their first day. Syd and Alex were adopted by a gay couple at a young age. Syd is an original character made for this show who wasn't in the Broadway show or the movie.
Mary Kay Place as Grandma Bea, Emma's supportive grandmother who raised her when Emma's parents kicked her out of their house for coming out to them.
TBA as Dee Dee Allen
Angie Schworer as Angie Dickinson
TBA as Barry Glickman
TBA as Sheldon Saperstein, Dee Dee and Barry's publicist.
Special Guest Characters
Constance McMillen as Herself, a lesbian from Fulton, Mississippi who once attended Itawamba County Agricultural High School until they cancel her prom because she had plans to bring her girlfriend to their senior prom and wear a tuxedo similar to Emma's situation in "The Prom". She visits Edgewater when she discovered that Emma and Alyssa's story was similar to her.
Mallory Bechtel as Wanda Butternut, a character from Wanda's World: The Animated Series. She's 12 year old girl who has a huge birthmark on the side of her face and the host of Cheese Valley Middle School's TV Show, Wanda's World. In the crossover, it reveals that she and Emma have been best friends since summer camp years before the events of "The Prom" took place.
- New Gays on the Block
- Untitled Cheerleading Episode
- Swim Emma Swim
- Untitled Farm Episode
- Most of the cast from the broadway version of The Prom are respiring their roles for this show.
- Some of the cast from the Netflix movie are also set to be in the series, but some of their roles are unknown at this point.
- Caitlin Kinnunen and Isabelle McCalla are respiring their roles as Emma and Alyssa from the Broadway show, while Jo Ellen Pellman and Ariana DeBose who portrayed them in the movie will play new characters for the show.
- This show shares the same universe as Wanda's World: The Animated Series. There are currently plans for crossovers between the two shows. As will as of a possible Broadway Television Universe to expand some of the Broadway show's universes. For example, The Connor Project from Dear Evan Hansen exist within both this show and Wanda's World: The Animated Series.
- This show features a gay family: Alex and Syd and their two adopted dads.
- Most of the episodes are TV-14. Some episodes are TV-PG.
- The Unruly Hearts Initiative is a real life initiative was created to help young people connect with organisations and charities that advocate for the LGBTQ+ community launched by The Prom movie stars Jo Ellen Pellman and Ariana DeBose.
- This show features live-action segments in the beginning and the end of the show hosted by Caitlin Kinnunen and Isabelle McCalla who portrayed the title characters in the Broadway show. Similar to the live-action segments on Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi.
- Constance McMillen guest stars in an episode. McMillen is a real life person who once attended Itawamba County Agricultural High School in Fulton, Mississippi and was banned from attending their school prom for wanting to bring her girlfriend to their senior prom and wear a tuxedo in 2010. This real event was the inspiration to The Prom.