Sam’s back with a sound new show
Former Wiggle Sam Moran is back with his new show, writes
What’s it like being back on camera?
It’s been just over 12 months (since my last TV work) and the easy answer is that it’s fantastic. There was a moment when I was standing on set, ready to go and they called action and then I had a brief moment of panic, but sure enough it came flooding back – and it felt really natural. This time it’s you alone in the spotlight. Does that change your performance style at all?
Not really. I thought it might, but (my performance) has always been about making that one-on-one connection with the child at home, but through the television. So everything I do is always delivered straight down the camera so I’m talking directly to that child, so whether it’s you alone on camera or you with other people, you still deliver the lines and talk to the audience in the same way. When you split from The Wiggles, there was public disappointment for the way it was handled and a lot of support for you. Were you surprised by the reaction?
I was absolutely floored. When you’re in The Wiggles world, you’re in a bubble. So to get all that feedback was just really heartwarming. Certainly it was a big part of what encouraged me to continue to do what I’m doing.The feedback I’m getting from parents now is how glad they are to see me on television. And still, I’m getting messages on Facebook and Twitter from the US and the UK because they haven’t seen the show yet, asking, ‘‘When are we going to see the show?’ So what was your intention in creating Play Along With Sam? My background was in music education. I studied music education at the Conservatorium of Music so I wanted to bring some of my history in that world and combine it with what I knew from children’s entertainment, from The Wiggles. I really wanted to start introducing musical concepts to children from a young age.
He’s a sound explorer. He’s got his safari suit and his pith helmet ready because he’s going on a musical adventure and he’s asking children to come along and help him find sounds from all over the world so that he can turn them into music. It’s really about encouraging children to see the sounds around them in their own lives and to use them to make music themselves, whether it’s clapping or their own singing voices.
She’s definitely in the zone. She’s been a test audience for everything and all the music has definitely passed her stringent standards. And she even co-wrote one of the songs. But she doesn’t know any different, I don’t think she realises that everyone else’s dad isn’t on television.
Play Along With Sam: Nick Jr, Foxtel, weekdays at 10am
So tell us about professor Sam. Who is he? Your daughter, Eloise, is three, so is she old enough to work out what you do for a living?