Funny. Talented. Engaging! That’s Jay Laga’aia.
Seeing Jay Laga’aia today in his new live show Jay’s Jungle Live shows why he’s one of Australia’s best loved children’s entertainers. It was a fantastic morning at Newcastle Panthers as Jay did what he does best, entertaining audiences.
Jay’s Jungle features Jay as a lighthouse keeper and his team consisting of Kate the Park Ranger, Funk-E the Monkey and C-MOR the magical lighthouse. The audience otherwise known as the Jungle Crew also plays a role in this high-energy show featuring songs, music and dance.
I’ve sat through my fair share of kids’ concerts and I have to say that this was one of my favourites. Jay really is an amazing entertainer and connects with the audience, both young and old. I love his funny facial expressions, physical humour as well as his witty jokes and I wasn’t the only one. Beside me, I could see a couple of dads chortling away at Jay’s antics. The kids are also engaged with the show, clapping, jumping, dancing and otherwise just being entertained by Jay.
There’s lots of interaction with the action on stage with kids helping Jay and Kate track a mysterious visitor. I especially like the interesting story behind the show as well. C-Mor the Lighthouse explains how he needs to be ready for a celestial occurrence where the stars line up while Funk-E mentions rumours of a boat washing up. There’s lots of mystery and intrigue on the island that Jay and Kate need to solve.
The songs were fantastic especially when Jay pulled out his ukelele to strum along to his singing.
Even though the show is only 45 minutes, Jay and his team pack a lot into the performance and it’s well worth taking your preschoolers.
Also, if you get a chance, get your hands on Jay Laga’aia’s music. It’s music that both kids and parents can enjoy. I had Jay’s CD ‘I Can Play Anything’ on high rotation in the first couple of years of my child’s life as it was a fun and non-saccharine volume of kids music that didn’t make my ears bleed!
Jay’s Jungle, the TV series plays on Channel 7 Two while Jay’s Jungle Live tour runs in NSW and ACT until 24 April 2015. For more information, visit http://www.jaylagaaia.com.au
Disclosure: The Mummy Project received complimentary tickets to Jay’s Jungle Live. All opinions are my own.