Mar 2013

Hi-5’s Three New Cast Members Announced on the Big Screen!

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Hi-5 release their first movie ‘Some Kind Of Wonderful’

hi5-highres-NZ-210x300Popular children’s entertainment group Hi-5 has named its three new cast members following a nationwide search which has been captured in a hit new movie.

Mary Lascaris, Dayen Zheng and Ainsley Melham, will join much loved Hi-5 er’s Lauren and Stevie for their onscreen debut in Hi-5 Some Kind of Wonderful.

Hi-5 Some Kind of Wonderful opens nationally across Hoyts cinemas on Saturday March 23 with tickets on sale now.

The cinema release followed a worldwide search to find the best three young entertainers to fill the big shoes of departing cast members Casey, Fely and Tim. View the trailer here.

Established Hi-5 star Stevie says he is excited to welcome the new team members.

“It’s awesome to be doing what we love best with our brand new friends. Dayen, Ainsley and Mary provide an added zing to Hi-5! We’re so excited to travel around Australia and introduce our new friends to our fans!” says Stevie.

Lauren says Hi-5 Some Kind of Wonderful is a step back in time looking at where the show began in 1999 until the final announcement of the new cast members for 2013.

She says throughout the movie the multi-Logie and ARIA award winning Hi-5 stays true to its original premise which is to encourage children to enjoy being active through dance, movement and play.

New cast member Mary Lascaris says she was thrilled to be chosen and looks forward to captivating New Zealand audiences with her journey to Hi-5 stardom! “It is a real honour to be chosen to join the Hi-5 team which has a proud history of bringing joy and laughter into the homes of so many young children and their families,” says Lascaris.

New Hi-5 member Daryn says: “I’m looking forward to teaching children around the world through song, dance and interaction. I believe this is the best way to learn, not to mention lots of fun as well,” says Dayen.

Hi-5’s Ainsley says he can’t wait to help put lots of smiles on kid’s faces: “Being able to meet so many beautiful kids and travelling with four people who feel like your best friends bring on Hi-5, it’s going to be great,” says Ainsley.

Older audiences may remember the original cast members Nathan, Charli, Tim, Kellie and Kathleen along with the departing cast members Casey, Fely and Tim who returned to help judge the best of the talent throughout the extensive audition process.

Parents will appreciate the tenacious behind-the-scenes search for talented individuals who will connect, educate and entertain the toughest audience in the world pre-schoolers!

The Hi-5 Executive Creative Director Julie Greene says she welcomes the new cast members to Hi-5 and that the nationwide search was a fun, engaging and creative way to find them.

“Hi-5 Some Kind of Wonderful gives parents and children a real insight into the rigorous screening process we have to find just the right cast member! They get a behind-the-scenes look at the passion and energy that goes into creating one of our best loved entertainment groups,” she says.

The Hi-5 Chairman Jared Lim says he has taken a personal involvement in the project as Executive Producer.

“For this cinema release, rather than just spending the money for the audition and have nothing to show for it- spend a little bit more, get a crew in and produce a show. Now we have something to show? something Hi-5 in their 14 years never did. If you come from a different angle and have the right management to take it through. It’s fun!” he says.

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Fleur Revell
Fleur Revell is one of the country’s most eminent PR consultants and public relations practitioners with more than 20 years industry experience behind her. Fleur is also a three times Qantas Media Awards winner and Feature Writer of the Year; and has an exceptional working knowledge of the New Zealand media landscape and its accelerating evolution in the digital age.
Hi-5’s Three New Cast Members Announced on the Big Screen!
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