Annette Funicello is gone, and so are Sherry, Cubby, Darlene and Bobby.

But Chase Hampton knocks 'em dead with a calypso song-and-dance number. And Josh, Tiffini, Lindsey, Albert and the gang get the studio jumping with a rap-and-disco blend of M-I-C-K-E-Y-M-O-U-S-E.The "Mickey Mouse Club" is back. And although its style has been updated, the people at Walt Disney say it's just as good and relevant as the original television show was when it began 34 years ago.

"We had a lot of skepticism about doing the `Mickey Mouse Club' in the 1990s," said Steve Fields, senior vice president of the Disney Channel, which will carry the show. "But so many elements (of the old show) were terrific, and kids still relate to kids."

Just like its predecessor, the new show is for and by kids from about ages 8 to 12 and features music, dancing, comedy skits, celebrity guests and the Mickey Mouse Club movie. The comedy skits are often geared to preteens' problems: dating, sibling rivalry, messy rooms, homework.

The Mickey Mouse Club makes its debut April 24. The half-hour show will be shown weekday afternoons.