EVERY time Justine Clarke performs for her preschooler audience, she feels like she is creating a show with them.
“There’s always an element you have to leave to chance with kids because you never know what’s going to happen,” Clarke said.
“They are such a great audience in that way. There’s always a fantastic heckler who will say something really funny when everyone else is quiet.”
The Sydneysider and familiar face on Play School is taking audience interaction one step further in her latest performances on the Silly Songs tour, which will include shows at Regal Theatre on September 30.
“I wanted to include them because preschoolers love to feel like they’re part of the show and somehow helping to put it on,” she said.
“In this case, I wanted them to be able to see themselves on the screen so that’s how we’re creating it. And it’s also about including them by getting them involved, making sure they’re active, singing and moving their body.”
Clarke said a silly song was really about having fun and making something up.
She has enjoyed the many hilarious videos parents have sent her of their children singing silly songs.
“A little boy wrote one about succulents with a fantastic list,” Clarke said.
“Someone wrote one about outer space and we have a song about love and another about wobbly bones, so there’s been a lot of variety. A good song has a bit of structure to it, so maybe some repetition to it or a good, firm idea, but even getting in all these videos shows you can tell a good song when you hear one.”
Clarke said her fans would also get to enjoy tunes from her 15 episode television program The Justine Clarke Show! including Silly Song, Banana is a Banana and Everywhere’s a Dancefloor, plus older classics Watermelon, I Like to Sing and Dinosaur Roar.
What: Justine Clarke’s Silly Songs tour
Where: Regal Theatre
When: September 30