Feb. 26, 2013
-- An entertaining and educational experience awaits thousands of local kindergarten students as Captain Smiley’s battle for the galaxy against the Evil Pouting Alien enters a whole new dimension, starting this month (February 2013).
The MTR X Hong Kong Repertory Theatre: Master of Railway Safety School Tour is expanding its horizons to tell an even younger audience, in an interactive way, the story of how a Hong Kong boy helps a stranded fighter from outer space, Captain Smiley, to get home by demonstrating safe and courteous behaviour on the MTR such as holding the handrail on escalators and offering seats to passengers in need.
The storytelling sessions are being held at 50 kindergartens in the coming months based on this compelling intergalactic good vs. evil story adapted from the popular MTR X HKRep drama show for primary schools. Due to a strong response, the storytelling sessions have been increased to include 50 kindergartens, up from the original schedule of 30.
“We are delighted to be taking our innovative collaboration with the Hong Kong Repertory Theatre to a new level. This is a partnership which pulls together a number of elements in our community involvement initiative including youth and art. Through engaging with children at a young age, we hope that travelling safely and being courteous to other passengers in the MTR will become second nature to them,” said Mr Jay Walder, Chief Executive Officer of MTR Corporation.
Sponsored by MTR Corporation, MTR X Hong Kong Repertory Theatre: Master of Railway Safety School Tour was first launched in the 2011/12 academic year and was presented for free to 40,000 students at 100 primary schools over the past two academic years. The drama performance has been warmly welcomed by teachers, students and parents alike. Building on this success, a series of community performances were held last summer for more than 800 children and their families from the Po Leung Kuk and other family groups from Tung Chung and Tin Shui Wai.
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