Karaoke High

Karaoke High Saturdays and Sundays, 8pm

Sensational local drama Karaoke High, hailed as “the OC meets Fame, with a Kiwi flavour,” is back. If you missed it on TV2, or are a die-hard fan that can’t wait to see it again, you can catch the debut series on TVNZ Family on TVNZ 6, Saturdays and Sundays at 8pm.

Kingston High is where everyone wants to go. Not only is it one of the best high schools in the country, it has a performing arts academy which is second to none. Competition to get in, and stay in, is fierce. Those who miss out coin it “Karaoke High.” And those who get in put their dreams on the line, and their destiny in the hands of the academy’s teachers.
Produced by TVNZ and NZ On Air, executive producer Debra Kelleher was rightly optimistic about the success of Karaoke High.

“Pushing young people into these kinds of artistic pursuits is inspiring and rewarding and there’s always a great emotional journey.

“It’s something the whole family can enjoy. It will provoke conversations at the dinner table and will bring the family unit together on a few different issues. It’s the kind of show everybody can hook into and a few episodes in they’ll be gripped by the drama.”

Featuring a stellar cast of fine New Zealand actors, including Miriama Smith, Phil Brown, Sally Stockwell, Ben Baker and Katrina Baylis, this exciting local drama has also put on the map some of New Zealand’s rising stars: Sharnika Robson, Alina Transom, Julia Walshaw, Paddy Fogarty, Michael Whalley, Ian Finau and Vanepale Sopoaga.

Kelleher found the country’s best for Karaoke High.

“It was filmed at Avalon studios in Wellington, but we hired the best freelancers from Auckland and around the country. We brought in crew from the South Island. And the same with our cast, our cast has come from all over New Zealand. We found the best talent in the country particular for this show.”

With all-original New Zealand music created just for Karaoke High, spectacular dancing choreographed by Dancing With The Stars’ Candy Lane, and gripping drama, Karaoke High is a New Zealand production not to be missed.

Karaoke High Saturdays and Sundays, 8pm

Sensational local drama Karaoke High, hailed as “the OC meets Fame, with a Kiwi flavour,” is back. If you missed it on TV2, or are a die-hard fan that can’t wait to see it again, you can catch the debut series on TVNZ Family on TVNZ 6, Saturdays and Sundays at 8pm.

Kingston High is where everyone wants to go. Not only is it one of the best high schools in the country, it has a performing arts academy which is second to none. Competition to get in, and stay in, is fierce. Those who miss out coin it “Karaoke High.” And those who get in put their dreams on the line, and their destiny in the hands of the academy’s teachers.
Produced by TVNZ and NZ On Air, executive producer Debra Kelleher was rightly optimistic about the success of Karaoke High.

“Pushing young people into these kinds of artistic pursuits is inspiring and rewarding and there’s always a great emotional journey.

“It’s something the whole family can enjoy. It will provoke conversations at the dinner table and will bring the family unit together on a few different issues. It’s the kind of show everybody can hook into and a few episodes in they’ll be gripped by the drama.”

Featuring a stellar cast of fine New Zealand actors, including Miriama Smith, Phil Brown, Sally Stockwell, Ben Baker and Katrina Baylis, this exciting local drama has also put on the map some of New Zealand’s rising stars: Sharnika Robson, Alina Transom, Julia Walshaw, Paddy Fogarty, Michael Whalley, Ian Finau and Vanepale Sopoaga.

Kelleher found the country’s best for Karaoke High.

“It was filmed at Avalon studios in Wellington, but we hired the best freelancers from Auckland and around the country. We brought in crew from the South Island. And the same with our cast, our cast has come from all over New Zealand. We found the best talent in the country particular for this show.”

With all-original New Zealand music created just for Karaoke High, spectacular dancing choreographed by Dancing With The Stars’ Candy Lane, and gripping drama, Karaoke High is a New Zealand production not to be missed.

Instead of repeating the series one, why not make series two?! Or at least release a soundtrack & DVD.
Anyway, Karaoke High is returning to TV.

It will air Saturdays and Sundays at 8pm, on TVNZ 6 from Sunday 30th September.

About the show:
Kiwi drama Karaoke High features Kingston High, a school with a difference.

Not only is it one of the foremost high schools in the country, it also has a performing arts wing called Kingston Academy which is second to none.

Competition to get into the Academy is fierce and only the very best students are accepted. Those that don’t get in have nicknamed it ‘Karaoke High’.

We follow the trials and tribulations of several students whose very dreams are on the line and the teachers who hold those dreams in their hands.

TVNZ have said that Karaoke High will eventually be released on DVD and it’s soundtrack on CD, but when?! It’s been 6 months since it finished! It was a big hit, so instead of repeating it on TV2 and TVNZ 6 while picking up new fans, why not release it? I want the songs on my PDA to listen to!

Karaoke High
Saturday, March 17, 2.00pm

Karaoke High is the sensational local drama that has been hailed as ‘The OC meets Fame, with a Kiwi flavour’. The breakthrough series originally aired over the Christmas break and is now being replayed on TV2 due to popular demand. If you missed the series originally, be sure to catch it now, every Saturday at 2.00pm.

Kingston High is a school with a difference. Not only is it one of the best high schools in the country, it also has a performing arts wing called Kingston Academy, which is second to none. Competition to get into the Academy is fierce and only the very best students are accepted. Those that don’t get in have nicknamed it ‘Karaoke High’.
Featuring a stellar cast of fine New Zealand actors, including Miriama Smith, Phil Brown, Sally Stockwell, Ben Baker and Katrina Baylis, this exciting local drama on TV2 follows the trials and tribulations of several students whose very dreams are on the line and the teachers who hold those dreams in their hands.

Charlie Anderson (Julia Walshaw) is a ballet dancer. When we first meet her she is a mysterious character – living on the street and carrying around her whole life in a bag. Charlie’s mother recently died of cancer and Charlie has run away from foster care to follow her dream and dance. Lara Faiva (Sharnika Robson) dreams of being the first Samoan Prima Ballerina at the Royal Ballet in London. Hone Kingi (Vanepale Sopoaga) is talented – there’s no denying that. Talent oozes out of every cheeky pore, whether he is breakdancing with his mates or spraying graffiti on Deputy Principal Katherine Daley’s (Katrina Baylis) car. It’s discipline that he lacks.

Miri Williams (Alina Transom) is a strong young woman. Between her disabled mother and two younger sisters, it’s Miri that holds the household together. Although it will require a huge effort to stay on top of her studies as well as her considerable responsibilities, this is the opportunity Miri has been working for her whole life. Dance teacher Angela Bartlett (Miriama Smith) has worked for several years with the Royal Ballet in London and has now returned to Kingston Academy to run the dance programme. Music teacher David Branch (Phil Brown) is a no-nonsense man. He believes in nurturing talent, not playing politics. He is wrong footed by the arrival of Angela, a woman with whom he has had a previous relationship, to the teaching staff.

With all-original New Zealand music created just for Karaoke High, spectacular dancing choreographed by Dancing With The Star’s Candy Lane, gripping drama and well-written storylines, don’t miss an episode of Karaoke High.

Karaoke High screens on TV2, Saturdays, at 2.00pm.

Karaoke High is back!
Due to popular demand, season one is being repeated 2pm on Saturdays, and started today (17 March).

Don’t get excited yet, but I emailed TVNZ about releasing Karaoke High Season One onto DVD and releasing the soundtrack.
Here’s their reply:

Hi,

It may get released in the future. No dates as yet.

Thanks for your email.

Kind regards

Lesley Rowe
Viewer Correspondent
Public Affairs

Shortly, I’ll be interviewing Patrick, one of the stars of Karaoke High. If you have any questions in particular you’d like to ask him, please add them here.

What would you like to see happen in Season 2 of Karaoke High?

Vanepale’s (Hone) talents don’t end with dancing, as seen on KHigh. They extend further and include playing the guitar. He is Lead Guitarest in the band Random Acts.
They are a Reggae & Hip Hop band, Who are “Original, Humble, Pacific and Proud”. Based in Porirua, the band was founded December 2004 when they were just jamming together.
They clicked and decided to found a band, not knowing what they were doing or how to do it.

They are currently enjoying success and are signed with Jayrem Records, the same record company that signed Nik Carlson from NZ Idol 2005.

You can listen to three tracks, view pictures and leave comments at their Bebo page.