Hi-5, the extremely popular toddlers and pre-schoolers phenomenon, began in Sydney in 1998 as a Television series. Hi-5 is a show that not only entertains in a very light-hearted and interactive manner but is able to promote many educational skills along the way which is why it is also so popular with parents.
It is cleverly presented with a vibrant young cast who are talented in singing and dancing and enjoying working with children. Watching the faces on the children who participate in the shows is a joy as they sing, dance, move, clap and mostly importantly smile and laugh all the way.
Hi-5 is the brain-child of Helena Harris who has also given the world Bananas in Pyjamas. She created Hi-5 when her own children outgrew dear old B1 and B2 and since then there have been many children bopping along to the Hi-5 songs. Together with co-producer, Posie Graeme-Evans, the series was created with several foci in mind; it was to be aimed at children and attract their attention, it would feature music and dance, and would have educational fun and games promoting confidence in fundamental areas of numbers, music, language, spatial awareness and motor skills.
Hi-5 gang ready to entertain
The Australian show was so popular that it spawned an American Hi-5, filmed on the same set in Sydney as the Australian version. It runs along the same lines; has the same divisions of Body Move, Shapes in Space, Numbers and Puzzles, Word Play, Music and Sharing Stories; has a similar mix of friendly multi-talented presenters and even has the same puppets Chatterbox and Jup Jup.
Unlike some Australian shows that do not translate across oceans and probably vice versa, Hi-5 has enjoyed great success in the US being nominated three times for Emmy Awards and appearing in high status productions and events such as NBC's Today Show. Compere, Matt Lauer, even went as far as comparing the enormous appeal of Hi-5 with the adulation fans gave to the Beatles in the 1960's. In 2009 it was the winner of the Parents' Choice Award for "Jump 'n Jive with Hi-5".
Hi-5 Australia has also enjoyed acclaim, winning the Australian Arias five times including the Best Children's Album, the Australian Logies several times, and has gone Platinum in Australia with five of its CD's.
The touring group is very popular across Australia with sell-out crowds expected. There are four shows at His Majesty's in Hay Street Perth: three on Wednesday 11 April at 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm and one on Thursday 12 April at 10.00am. Tickets are available at Bocs Ticketing on 08 9484 1133 or on-line at.
On Friday 13 April there will be two shows at the Bunbury Entertainment Centre: at 11.30am and 1.30am. If you miss Hi-5 Holiday! in Perth why not take the train to Bunbury and make a day of it. Contact them online or ring 1300 661 272,