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The Wiggles' original members partying it up for one last time before passing the torch

 Celebrate with the guys from Down Under.
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Date published: 10/4/2012

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"That was a great foundation. We learned a lot about how children think and about using music with children, and how to communicate on their level," said Cook. "Children are basically egocentric, so when you relate to them onstage, you talk to them as if you are just talking to one child. They also tend to have a single focus, so we try not to have too much going on at the same time."

Cook explains how empathy with the young audience influences topics for the songs the group writes and performs.

"We think about what interests them and what is going on in their world," he said. "That's why we write songs about food or riding in the car--things that may seem banal to adults but are really exciting for children. We use a lot of humor, but at the same time we take our audience very seriously and want to give them a positive experience."

In addition, Cook notes the value of the experience of a live performance for children: "Even though today's kids have technology that we didn't grow up with, children are fundamentally the same. They still learn about the world in the same way and they still love play, and fantasy, and fun."

From the Americas to Australia (the group's homeland), children have resonated with the joyful spirit of the Wiggles.

The world over, little people arrive at the shows dressed in the colors of their favorite Wiggles, bearing bones for Wags and roses for Dorothy. They dance with unbridled enthusiasm to their favorite songs, and they share the same excitement about yelling "Wake up, Jeff!" in unison to roust that dozing purple Wiggle.

Collette Caprara is a local writer and artist.


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What: The Wiggles: Celebration! When: Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. Where: The Warner Theatre, 513 13th St. NW, Washington Cost: $17.50-$82 Info: 800/745-3000; ticketmaster.com