We saw The Wiggles Live last night. Helen had a blast, and I had a very hard time convincing her that it was not acceptable to wear her VERY big Wiggles shirt to church this morning.
For about 1/3 to 1/2 of the show, she was completely overwhelmed and didn’t participate. But then she had to go to the bathroom, so she announced to the stage, “I gotta go potty, but I’ll be RIGHT BACK.” And then she told me, “You stay here. I gotta go pott, but I’ll be RIGHT BACK.” Um, no. I’ll be accompanying you on this trip, thanks… Helen is normally not particularly efficient in the bathroom, what with the novelty of the North American Potty Tour, but she was VERY efficient last night. And she fretted the entire time that Captain Feathersword might be gone by the time we got back to our seats. I hurried us back as quickly as possible, and she stood up and danced for the rest of the show.
It is SO much fun to go to children’s shows with little kids and see their awe and wonder at a live performance. I was overwhelmed a bit, too, just because I love experiencing life through the eyes of my children. She was awestruck.
And there were funny things in the show for adults, too — Captain Feathersword sang a medley of “Quack Quack Quack Quack Quack Cock-a-doodle-doo” in the styles of Mick Jagger, Ozzy Osbourne, and Metallica. And Jeff was “sleep-laughing” at one point because of what the other Wiggles were saying around him about what he was going to have to do when he woke up. I enjoyed the show a lot, and it was clear to me that the performers were having a good time, too. Of course, yesterday was stop #1 on their 2005 US Tour, so the show’s still fun for them. I imagine in a month, they might be a little less enthusiastic. But I doubt it. Kids were going NUTS, and it’s hard not to rise to that when you’re a performer. At least it’s hard for ME to not get caught up in it.