Dis­ney to look for Malaysia’s first ever ‘Mouseke­teers’

New Straits Times - - Entertainment -

WHAT do Christina Aguil­era, Ryan Gosling, Brit­ney Spears and Justin Tim­ber­lake have in common?

Be­fore they be­came in­ter­na­tional stars, they started as hosts, or Mouseke­teers, of The Mickey Mouse Club show.

And, for the first time ever, Dis­ney Chan­nel is bring­ing the iconic va­ri­ety pro­gramme for chil­dren to Malaysia.

Now, young Malaysians have the chance to be the coun­try’s first ever Mouseke­teers as Dis­ney is look­ing for a boy and a girl, aged be­tween 11 and 16, to host the show.

“The Mickey Mouse Club Star Search will dis­cover the next gen­er­a­tion of young stars who will in­spire kids and fam­i­lies across Malaysia,” said Me­dia Net­works of The Walt Dis­ney Com­pany South­east Asia vice-pres­i­dent and gen­eral man­ager, Amit Mal­ho­tra, in Petaling Jaya re­cently.

“It will be a re­freshed, mod­ern take on The Mickey Mouse Club, fo­cus­ing on en­ter­tain­ing and rel­e­vant lo­cal con­tent.

“We are thrilled to be work­ing ex­clu­sively with Astro in Malaysia to bring this iconic va­ri­ety show to Dis­ney fans.”

From now un­til June 15, ap­pli­cants can visit www.Mick­eyMouseClub.my to sub­mit video au­di­tions of them­selves singing, dancing and act­ing.

There will be on-ground au­di­tions as well in Kuala Lumpur (May 13 and 14), Jo­hor Baru (May 20) and Pe­nang (May 21).

De­tailed in­for­ma­tion can be found on the web­site.

Amit said judg­ing for the search would be car­ried out by Dis­ney per­son­nel look­ing for those who were mul­ti­tal­ented .

“Justin Tim­ber­lake is an ex­am­ple of some­one who can sing, dance and act.

“Malaysia was cho­sen since it has lots of tal­ents and po­ten­tial.”

He added that The Mickey Mouse Club show would pro­vide Malaysian fans with more ways to cel­e­brate their love for Dis­ney through lo­cal ex­pres­sion and cre­ativ­ity.

The Mickey Mouse Club first aired in the United States in 1955. It has been re­vived, re­for­mat­ted and re-imag­ined over the decades to re­main rel­e­vant to view­ers.

“Dis­ney will pro­duce 13 30minute episodes that fea­ture games, mu­sic, com­edy and celebri­ties,” said Amit, adding that there would also be en­gag­ing dig­i­tal con­tent on Astro and Dis­ney’s so­cial plat­forms, so­cial me­dia cam­paigns and com­pe­ti­tions for fans.

“This will in­clude a web se­ries. Sto­ry­telling is very im­por­tant to Dis­ney and we hope to en­gage fans and view­ers with ef­fec­tive lo­cal­i­sa­tion,” said Amit.

The se­ries will pre­miere in Septem­ber on Dis­ney Chan­nel (Astro Chan­nel 615).

PIC BY HALIMATON SAADIAH SULAIMAN

Me­dia Net­works of The Walt Dis­ney Com­pany South­east Asia vi­cepres­i­dent and gen­eral man­ager Amit Mal­ho­tra in Petaling Jaya re­cently.

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