Gig­gle a big hit with kids

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Stage - Tanya MacNaughton

WHAT: Gig­gle and Hoot and Friends

WHERE: Re­gal Theatre WHEN: April 4 to 6

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WHILE Jimmy Rees im­pa­tiently waits with wife Tori for the birth of their first child at the end of April, he will con­tinue to not only en­ter­tain Aussie kids as half of ABC’s Gig­gle and Hoot duo on tele­vi­sion but also in live stage show Gig­gle and Hoot and Friends.

Rees, aka Jimmy Gig­gle, said the high-en­ergy pro­duc­tion was big on

mu­sic, had a lit­tle bit of nar­ra­tive and loads of au­di­ence par­tic­i­pa­tion.

There will also be ap­pear­ances by Bananas in Py­ja­mas and cir­cus char­ac­ters from Hoopla Doopla.

“Kids are such a great au­di­ence,” Rees said.

“Meet­ing them, es­pe­cially dur­ing the tour be­cause we don’t have a live au­di­ence while film­ing in the studio, re­ally puts a smile on your face.

“I know we’re meant to be putting a smile on theirs, but it comes back in re­turn ten fold.”

In his first pro­fes­sional job in the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try, Rees said he still found his fame funny, es­pe­cially when celebrity par­ents like Dannii Minogue, Adam Hills, Tina Arena and David Camp­bell ap­proached him with their chil­dren.

Although, he ad­mits many young fans have trou­ble recog­nis­ing him out of cos­tume. “When I’m not in my Gig­gle and Hoot out­fits par­ents usu­ally spot me while I’m out at the shops, but their chil­dren are not so sure be­cause I’m not in my py­ja­mas,” Rees said.

“I’d never had any­thing against work­ing on a kid’s show but I didn’t know what to ex­pect when I started.

“It was over­whelm­ing but look­ing back, I was ready for it.

“The best thing about the job is get­ting to be my­self. I get to bring my per­son­al­ity to Jimmy Gig­gle, do what I do and add to the col­lab­o­ra­tion process.”

Jimmy Rees as Jimmy Gig­gle.

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