Kuala Lumpur, 14 September 2012 – Some 213 junior school kids aged between three and 10 years, teachers and parents enjoyed a live a cappella performance by the Australian pre-school entertainment troupe, Hi-5 when the cast of the well-known children’s television programme visited the Australian International School Malaysia ( AISM ) recently for a meet and greet session as part of their Asian promotional tour.
It was Hi-5’s second visit to AISM, the first being in 2009 when they were in Malaysia for the Hi-5 Surprise! Live Tour. The meet-and-greet session was organized by the Asiasons Group following an announcement of its acquisition of Hi-5 from Nine Networks Australia and Southern Star Entertainment at a charity performance for close to 100 orphans at the National Science Centre in Bukit Kiara.
The cast of Hi-5 – Tim, Stevie, Casey, Lauren and their new friend, Dayen sang and danced to a rousing reception as they performed a medley of songs including Five in the Air, Party at the Zoo and Holiday from their upcoming Hi-5 Holiday! Tour. They also spent time interacting with the children during the games and question and answer session.
“We are excited to be back in Malaysia after a 3 year hiatus. It is always a pleasure to meet our young fans and we are thrilled to present a prelude to our Hi-5 Holiday! KL Tour in September to such an enthusiastic audience ,”said Mel Rogan, General Manager of Hi-5.
“Hi-5 Holiday! promises to be an exciting and magical stage production extravaganza.”
Oscar Baynes, 5 said he enjoyed the Hi-5 meet and greet session and looked forward to catching the cast’s live performance at the KL Convention Centre. “ Hi-5 is my favourite television show on Disney and I will be going to see the show with my parents,” he added.
AISM Principal, David Kilpatrick said he was pleasantly surprised and delighted to receive a request from Hi-5 Operations Pte Ltd to host a meet-and-greet session at his school. “Hi-5 is a well-developed and structured educational programme for young children and many of our junior school students are fans of the show,” he said, adding that the school’s marketing team spare no expense in ensuring a great show for the kids.
The school visit ended with a Meet-Your-Hi-5-Idol-Up-Close cum autograph session for 30 kids of kindergarten age and their parents with Hi-5 stickers and colouring sheets distributed to all in attendance. The children also took the opportunity to snap photos with the cast.
Hi-5 is one of the top three most successful pre-school television shows in Australia and has held its position for 10 years. The children’s entertainment programme has become a household item across Latin America, the UK and is rapidly surging across Asia. Catering to a wide audience of young children, each segment of the show focuses attention on a specific set of skills and encourages children to expand their awareness and integrate different concepts and types of knowledge.
All the cast members of Hi-5 are fully qualified and trained in both music and drama bringing a variety of talent to making the programme a truly vibrant feast for the senses. Hi-5 recently performed at the Grand Theatre, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore from 4th to 9th September. They are currently in Malaysia and will travel to three other countries including Indonesia, Philippines and Hong Kong before completing their Asian Tour.
Hi-5 consists of a cast of 5, Stevie, Casey, Dayen , Lauren and Tim, and is one of the top three most successful pre-school television shows in Australia and has held this position for 10 years. It has been estimated that in an average week, Hi-5 reaches a global audience of 1,000,000 children.
Hi-5 has a total of 585 half hour episodes, 40 DVD’s or one hour specials featuring the Australian cast, total of 40 half hour episodes featuring the UK cast and 70 our episodes featuring the American cast. The series are classified within the educational requirements for preschool television by Australian, British and American Broadcast Authorities and is known for helping children learn through play, whilst bearing in mind curriculum requirement for early childhood education.
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