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An Interview with the Hi-5 Team

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The Hi-5 Team are about to embark on a new national tour; Hi-5 House of Dreams, that will take place during the June and July school holidays.



Ahead of their tour, the popular quintet group of children's entertainers have taken some time to answer some interview questions for KidTown Melbourne, providing readers with a little insight into their upcoming Hi-5 House of Dreams tour as well some behind-the-scenes chit-chat.



Stevie:

Q: Tell us what audiences can expect from your newest tour - House of Dreams

It’s such an exciting show! It’s all about dreams where anything and everything can happen. It’s going to be super special to see our audience swept up in the magic of the show and I can’t wait to see our little mosh pit rocking out to some classic Hi-5 songs.

Q: If you could bring any old Hi-5 cast member back to perform with you, who would it be and why?

Wow, that’s like asking a parent who their favourite child is, haha. I’ve been incredibly fortunate to work with a lot of incredibly talented and generous performers who I consider part of my family. It would be nice to perform at least one song with every member to have been part of Hi-5. It would be a very full stage!

Mary:

Q: You will be in Melbourne performing on stage this winter - what do you like and dislike about Victoria's capital city?

I love everything about Melbourne! I love how we are performing right next to the beach and I especially love all the markets in Melbourne. Melbourne also has the best food and so much culture BUT I guess the thing I love most about Melbourne is that it is home! I dislike the traffic. That’s not fun.

Q: Have you always been interested in entertaining children?

Yes, yes and YES! I was always the grownup on the kids table having the best time! Before Hi-5 I was doing children parties and discos and was studying to be a preschool teacher. I am currently finishing the degree online while we tour

Tanika:

Q: What is your favourite Hi-5 song to perform and why?

I absolutely love Living in a Fairytale! It’s such a beautiful song. Singing it is so enjoyable because you are telling a story through music which kids thrive on.

Q: What did you do before you became a children's entertainer?

I was a performer at Universal Studios Singapore performing to people of all ages. Being a children’s performer is so special because kids’ energy rubs off on us and that is what keeps us going.

Dayen:

Q: Your tour takes you from Sydney to Brisbane, onto Melbourne, back to Sydney and finishes in Perth, all in the space of a couple of weeks; that sounds exhausting - how do you relax after your tour?

After this Australian tour we have a week off so I am going to relax at home and spend time with family and my dogs which is going to be so nice!

Q: Have there been any off-air funny moments you've had working with kids on set?

Sometimes the funniest moments happen when we aren’t recording. We always have kids inviting us to their homes and telling us what they’ve eaten for breakfast. Kids say the cutest things!

Ainsley:

Q: What would you like the children in the audience to take away with them after seeing you perform House of Dreams?

More often than not, a Hi-5 show is the first live performance a child has attended. I would love each child to walk away with their imaginations sparked, so that they can take some of the magic that we create in the theatre into their own lives and learn how to find the play in every day.

Q: Is there anything the kids have said that was unexpected/made you laugh?

I will always remember one little boy reaching up, grabbing my face and with the biggest smile saying 'I Love your chubby cheeks!’.


For complete Hi-5 tour and ticket information, visit: www.hi-5world.com

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