By Jessica Faught
(WINDSOR, ON) – The Wiggles’ tour Ready, Steady, Wiggle! landed in the beautiful city of roses. The children’s entertainers referred to the City’s nickname and tied it into their Dorothy the Dinosaur sketch, since the character, Dorothy the Dinosaur, loves roses. Additionally, the group referenced the Windsor Express as well as the Spitfires.
The cast explained, at the beginning of the show, that before they came out they had been in their tour bus learning about Windsor’s, and neighbouring city Detroit’s, history. This example of a love of learning was provided in front of their young audience.
The Wiggles idea was birthed out of a college Early Childhood Educator project. The assignment went so well that the group decided to record an album. The dedication paid off as the Wiggles have become a huge, international success in the realm of children’s entertainment. Jeff Fatt (the original Purple Wiggle) has taught the rest of the cast ECE skills and strategies which is the reason the show has such an educational component. He said they love making learning fun and engaging for children.
When the cast entered the audience to receive gifts from the children in attendance, they took the time to acknowledge Emma’s Little Army. Her uniform is a big fashion trend all over the world, with her young admirers. They love her big bow and bright yellow outfit and many young ones were wearing bows and dresses like character Emma Watkins (Yellow Wiggle). Pirate hats, in honour of Captain Feathersword, played by Anthony Field (Blue Wiggle), as well as dog bones for Wags The Dog, voiced by Paul Field, were also seen in the audience.
When the Wiggles asked the children to use their light up toys, and the parents to use their cell phone lights, when the house lights were dimmed, and they led the audience in the famous Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, the theatre looked magical and audience members oohed and ahhed with smiles.
Time doesn’t seem to be an issue when they speak about the love for what they do. Simon said his absolute favourite highlight of being a Wiggle was when they were visiting a hospital and a little boy, who had cancer, started singing one of their songs. He shared with us that the boy’s father said that was most words his son had spoken the entire year.
Simon said that it is those moments where he is reminded that the rewards of entertaining children are absolutely endless.
Feedback from the adults were all positive and, when asked what they liked about the Wiggles, they indicated that they loved the idea of the
Wiggles being a part of their children’s and grandchildren’s childhood. They loved the physical activity they provide for children and, of course, the creative educational component.
One grandma told me that she has followed the Wiggles for years. She said, “There’s no other children’s show that creatively combines fun, physical activity, and education like the Wiggles.”
Another family had their two year-old daughter with them and they said they really like how lively the Wiggles make their two year old and that the message is always very positive. They said the Wiggles’ TV show starts her day with optimism.
Those who were watching them live for the first time said they had no idea that they are so vocal and athletically talented they were. Those points were proven to be true as Lachy stood and walked on his hand for about two minutes. Captain Feathersword also held a low musical note for over a minute.
Children of all ages were seen dancing together, creating memories, as the Wiggles brought them into a magical high energy, physically interactive, show with non stop fun and educational surprises.
Keep it up Wiggles.
It is obvious the Wiggles will be a wonderful highlight in children’s memories for years to come. Ready, Steady, Wiggle!