Cast & Crew
Milton C. Anderson
This documentary covers a cross-country tour made by the Young Americans, a group of teenaged singers founded in 1962 by music teacher Milton C. Anderson. During auditions in southern California, Anderson selects 36 youngsters from the hundreds of applicants who have already obtained parental permission to participate should they qualify. One of those rejected is young Judy Thomas, whom Anderson encourages to take dancing lessons so as to meet the group's standards. Following extensive rehearsals, the Young Americans set out by bus and encounter accommodations mixups, romantic interludes somewhat handicapped by chaperoning arrangements, and occasional acoustical problems. Aside from stopovers at major cities, the youngsters perform at the state prison in Menard, Illinois, where Ken Prymus sings "The Whole World in His Hands." In New York's Algonquin Hotel several of the teenagers don wigs and costumes and do imitations of some of the far-out current entertainers. When the tour concludes in Washington, D. C., Judy Thomas is on hand with news that she has not only learned to dance but has also written a song, "The Road Ahead." After hearing her composition performed on the steps of the Jefferson Memorial, Judy is informed that she has been accepted into the group, and the next stop for the Young Americans is in Europe.