Cast change at Hi-5

Hi-5 welcomes new troupe member Dayen Zheng after Fely Irvine announces her departure.

Hi-5‘s Fely Irvine will give her final performance at Carols by Candlelight, ending three years with the musical troupe.

She will be replaced by performer Dayen Zheng who will join current cast members Lauren Brant, Casey Burgess, Tim Maddren and Stevie Nicholson.

Dayen was born in South Korea and moved to Australia with her family in 1996. She grew up in Cairns and studied at the Gold Coast Dance and Development Centre, graduating with an Advanced Certificate in classical ballet in 2010. She also studied singing and performed on many occasions at annual concerts.

Her acting credits include a support lead in the television series Lightning Point in the role of Gina. As well as appearing in various television commercials she has also worked as an extra on the television series Sea Patrol, Slide, and Terra Nova, plus the feature film Bad Karma and the documentary Singapore 1942.

Martin Hersov and Cathy Payne, Directors of Hi-5 Operations, said: “We thank Fely for the hard work, passion and commitment she’s shown during her time with Hi-5. We wish her well in all her future endeavours and look forward to welcoming Dayen to the colourful world of Hi-5.”

Fely joined Hi-5 in 2009 along with Tim and Lauren. During the past three years she has filmed 135 episodes of the television series, featured in 13 DVDs, recorded three CDs and toured extensively throughout Australia and Asia to the delight of her young fans and their families.

Fely said: “My time with Hi-5 has been a magical chapter of my life. I have met and worked with many amazing people, however the time has come for me to start on a new path. I’m excited about the prospect of new things and the idea of continuous growth for me, not only as an actor but also personally.

“I have already had tears during rehearsals, so I’m positive I’ll be full of emotion at Carols by Candlelight, which will be my final performance with Hi-5. This is one of my favourite performances of the year so I could not ask for a better way to say farewell.”

You can catch Fely in her final appearance at Vision Australia’s Carols by Candlelight from the Sidney Myer Music Bowl in Melbourne on December 24. Gates open at 5.00pm. If you’re not in Melbourne, the television broadcast will commence at 8.00pm AEDT on Channel Nine.

Hi-5 will tour extensively throughout Australia in March and April 2012 with their Hi-5 Holiday stage show, which will be Dayen’s first tour with the group. For touring information please visit www.hi-5.com.au.

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