A Guide to the Wiggles in Concert – For the Uninitiated
Yesterday, Bubble and I attended our first ever Wiggles concert. I could probably write a whole post about the look of excitement/wonder/joy on her face, but I won’t because it will bore you to tears and you will quietly shuffle off to read someone else’s, more interesting, blog.
Having said that, I will assume pretend you are still here and continue.
During the course of the show it became apparent which parents had done this gig before. They just knew stuff that the rest of us had no idea about, and by that I mean I had no idea about. So, in addition to knowing all the words, actions and names of all of the characters, here are a few other things that may (or may not) come in handy to know…
Give the dog a bone
For loyal fans of Wags the dancing mutt make sure you put the age old art of concert sign making to work with your toddler or preschooler prior to the concert. That’s right. Whip out those textas, glue sticks and glitter and make a bone-shaped sign. It will be worth the hours of scraping glue off your chair legs and dusting glitter from your dogs ears to hear your child’s name mentioned on stage by the Wiggles…to your child anyway.
During the show those waving their bones for Wags had them collected and Anthony even made a special mention and a big fuss of one little boy whose deviously clever mum had written on the sign “My name is Oliver and I am giving Wags my dummy today.’ Good on you mum. Good on you Oliver. And good on you Anthony Wiggle – love that you went the extra mile for little Oliver.
Roses for Dorothy
Die-hard fans of the big green flower-loving dinosaur also have their shot at a special moment of Wiggly magic. Those waving their big fabric roses for Dorothy when she came on stage had them collected by the Wiggles themselves. Whilst they didn’t get their names called out they got to have a few seconds to say hello to whichever Wiggle was roaming around the audience in their area.
If you are sitting in the audience with a child celebrating their birthday get ready to holler out their name when asked so that the Wiggles and the audience can sing to them. This is not a time to shy away from the lime-light mums. Your little birthday babe will never forgive you if you let this opportunity pass them by. Personally I was quietly surprised to see that none of the parents pulled out flat-packed Megaphones from their handbags for this sole-purpose.
Not to self: Invent a flat-packed handbag sized megaphone….and then slap an image of the Wiggles on the side. Genius!
Facebook Fiends Beware
A short but fairly intense panic attack overtook a gentleman in front of me minutes before the show began. Taking a cute family snap of her husband and two children on her iPhone, one Mum uploaded it straight to Facebook…as you do. Turning her phone to hubby to show him the snap I watched as the big smile on his face turned to horror and then incredulity. Not only had she uploaded it to Facebook, she had also tagged him, at a Wiggles concert…when he had rung into work sick!
Don’t be shy to flash the Wiggles!
No really…the Wiggles assured me, I mean us, that it is perfectly okay to flash them on stage. So bring along your cameras and cam-corders. What did you think I meant?
The Phwoar Factor
Be prepared, against your will and better judgement, to feel curiously attracted to Anthony’s wiggle. Trust me, you will (temporarily) forget all about Jimmy Giggle. What? Don’t look at me like that. I can’t be the only one…can I?
(In fact, in the foyer, when pressed nagged by her offspring for a giant Dorothy helium balloon with an over-inflated price tag, one mum was heard to say, we will get one when we come back tomorrow! Yeah, yeah. I know your game lady – I’m on to you!)
Do you have a favourite inappropriate crush on a character from a kids show?