Barely a blink after Kellie Crawford announced she is to leave Hi-5, now Nathan Foley, the only other original member is also hanging up his colourful outfit.
Both Foley and Crawford will perform with Hi-5 for the last time at Carols by Candlelight on December 24th.
“I’ll always love Hi-5 and I’m very proud to be one of the original cast members,” said Nathan, “but after 10 years in the group it’s time for me to move on and explore other opportunities. One of the best things about being a part of Hi-5 is entertaining all the kids and parents. It’s very important to me to be able to say goodbye to all the fans, so it’s nice to announce I’m leaving while we’re on tour.”
It’s a credit to the longevity of the children’s brand that we actually see such performers announcing their retirement. Normally in this genre, the end of their run is decided by a programming executive.
Nine is inviting potential replacements for the Hi-5 roles. Applicants can email their contact details and CV’s to [email protected]
Nathan Foley announced today that he’ll say goodbye to Hi-5 at the end of the year.
Nathan has filmed 10 series of Hi-5, appeared on numerous DVD releases, and recorded 11 Hi-5 albums, culminating in five ARIA Awards with the group and three Logie Awards for Most Outstanding Children’s Show.
Nathan has performed live for delighted children and parents throughout Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Asia and is currently touring Australia with the arena spectacular Hi-5’s playtime.
Nathan said today, “I’ll always love Hi-5 and I’m very proud to be one of the original cast members, but after 10 years in the group it’s time for me to move on and explore other opportunities. One of the best things about being a part of Hi-5 is entertaining all the kids and parents. It’s very important to me to be able to say goodbye to all the fans, so it’s nice to announce I’m leaving while we’re on tour.”
Nathan is the last original Hi-5 cast member to sign off after Kellie Crawford announced she’d be departing the group last month. Nathan and Kellie will perform together with Hi-5 for the last time at Vision Australia’s Christmas Carols on Christmas Eve.
Martin Hersov and Cathy Payne, directors of Hi-5 operations, said: “We thank Nathan for the commitment he’s shown to Hi-5 and wish him all the best in the next chapter of his career. We look forward to entering the next phase of the Hi-5 brand which will continue to bring joy to children for many years.”
Series 11 of Hi-5 will go into production in the first half of next year featuring all the much loved segments of Hi-5, new songs and a refreshed look and feel. Southern Star and Channel Nine are currently looking for the next Hi-5 stars. Interested parties can email their contact details and CV’s to [email protected]
You can catch Nathan and Kellie in their final Hi-5 appearances at:
Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne – November 16 and 17 at 10.00am and 1.00pm
Adelaide Entertainment Centre – November 18 at 10.00am and 1.00pm
Acer Arena, Sydney Olympic Park – November 22 and 23 at 10am and 1.00pm
Melbourne Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and Concert, City Square, cnr Swanston & Collins Street, Melbourne – November 14 at 6.30pm
Vision Australia’s Carols By Candlelight, Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne – December 24, gates open at 5.00pm