Mo­ran’s ca­reer gets a Wig­gle on

Herald Sun - Switched On - - Guide - GRA­HAM READFERN

IT LOOMED as a po­ten­tially daunt­ing task, but Sam Mo­ran has taken to wear­ing the fa­mous yel­low skivvy with an air of in­dif­fer­ence.

Apart from the oc­ca­sional case of mis­taken iden­tity and a lit­tle more at­ten­tion in the street, the new yel­low Wig­gle (left) says his move from sup­port act to Wig­gles front­man has been an easy shift.

‘‘It’s been a grad­ual tran­si­tion for me per­son­ally,’’ clean-cut Mo­ran says. ‘‘But maybe be­ing on television ev­ery day now, it might prompt a few more dou­ble-takes in the street or down the su­per­mar­ket aisle.’’

Mo­ran is in his 11th year with the Wig­gles, but the new ABC1 show Wig­gle and Learn is the first time par­ents and chil­dren will have seen him on TV wear­ing a yel­low skivvy.

The Wagga Wagga-raised Mo­ran, who stud­ied classical voice and mu­sic ed­u­ca­tion at the Syd­ney Con­ser­va­to­rium of Mu­sic, hosted the off­shoot Dorothy the Di­nosaur stage show in 1998.

Later he ap­peared for the Wig­gles as Pro­fes­sor Sin­ga­lot­ta­songa and Dap­per Dave on stage and screen, and also un­der­stud­ied yel­low Wig­gle Greg Page.

But when Page could no longer per­form be­cause of a chronic health con­di­tion, Mo­ran stepped in.

‘‘For the most part the chil­dren have un­der­stood the changeover and have re­ally ac­cepted it, which has been fan­tas­tic and helped me,’’ Mo­ran says. ‘‘Greg was in­volved in the de­ci­sion for me to take over and he is deal­ing with his con­di­tion at the mo­ment as best he can.’’

As well as pro­vid­ing a ca­reer, Mo­ran also has the Wig­gles to thank for find­ing love in wife, Lyn, who was the per­son inside the Dorothy cos­tume.

Mo­ran is thrilled with the new songs and seg­ments that have gone into the new 52-episode show.

Guests on the new show in­clude Troy Cas­sar-Da­ley and ef­fer­ves­cent singer Leo Sayer.

‘‘Leo is amaz­ing,’’ red Wig­gle Murray Cook says. ‘‘Sam’s a bit younger than me but the rest of us grew up see­ing Leo on Count­down so it was a bit of a thrill to work with him. He’s kind of like the fifth Wig­gle in a way be­cause he’s full of life.’’

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