CHILDREN’S ENTERTAINER

Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch … all around New Zealand!

Chris working with the cast of NZ’s ‘Play School’ TV series
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With his bright suits and woolly hair, Chris has become one of New Zealand’s most recognised children’s entertainers amongst kiwi kids!

Since 1998 he has produced eight original albums of children’s songs, over 2.5 million people have seen him perform his children’s music live, and his music videos for kids have been airing on mainstream TV for more than a decade.

Chris’ early influences shine through in his shows and include nods to children’s TV hits like Play School, Sesame Street, The Sooty Show, The Muppet Show, Fraggle Rock, and even The Generation Game.

Over the years Chris has been commissioned to write and perform musical children’s shows by Plunket NZ, the Museum of NZ Te Papa, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Westfield NZ, World Vision NZ, Rainbow's End Theme Park, the NZ Apple Board, the Asthma & Respiratory Foundation of NZ, Colgate NZ, Chamber Music NZ and more!


Here’s the extraordinary list of shows Chris performs!


Mr. Lam sam's musical mayhem show

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In 2017 Chris premiered a fantastical new interactive children's show filled with surprises the whole family can enjoy!

Mr. Lam Sam's Musical Mayhem Show masterfully casts audiences down a rabbit-hole of hilarious entertainment in a show packed with all-in musical games, silly songs, an occasional sprinkling of melodious magic, and plenty of prizes!

This show is customisable and perfect for:

  • Birthday PartieS

  • Christmas partieS

  • Large public eventS

  • Kindergarten celebrations

  • School holiday entertainment

For availability and show pricing, email Chris here!

Chris & Suzy Cato

Chris & Suzy Cato

REVIEWS

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‘Masterful. It is a superb show ... humour, colour, excitement and flare ... entirely family-friendly.’
— Dave Treeby, Event Manager, Te Papa Museum

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'Chris' style of fast paced comedy takes detours in completely unexpected directions ... which had me laughing at every turn!'
— Finn McCahon-Jones, Event Manager, Auckland City Limits

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'You were great and the kids loved you!'
— Charlette Potts, Public Programmes Advisor, Auckland Zoo

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'LOVED what you were doing. The audience was raving. Thank you so much for being fantastic.'
— Lisa Moore, Event Manager, Queenstown Winter Festival

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‘The depth of Chris' creativity is matched only by the size of his heart. His love for what he does, and the families he does it for, shines through in every performance.’
— Suzy Cato, Iconic Children’s TV Presenter


THE NEW ZEALAND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

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Chris has been performed and produced twenty-two interactive education concerts for children with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra since 2016.

They have toured together presenting free programmes of dynamic classical music for families, including performances of Tane and the Kiwi, Roald Dahl's wicked rendition of The Three Little Pigsand Sergei Prokofiev's beloved Peter and the Wolf

In 2018 Chris co-produced and performed a Musical Menagerie family concert in the Wellington Opera House, along with two free school education concerts performing Disney composer, Gregory Smith’s The Animated Orchestra in the Michael Fowler Centre.

Their collaboration continued in 2019 with a special one-off performance together in Blenheim.


THE SAILOR ASTHMA SHOW

Chris and Sailor The Puffer Fish have performed their unique half-hour musical show about asthma in almost 600 schools and early childhood centres since 2012.

Asthma Waikato originally commissioned Chris to develop a memorable and interactive show that could help curb the high number of asthma-related hospital admissions and fatalities in children each year.

Chris says, ’In 2018 we performed our show in four primary schools where they had each lost a student to asthma the previous year. In a nation where asthma is listed as our third highest cause of fatality, everyone needs to see this show and learn how they can help people with asthma, especially in an emergency situation.’

The show is 100% free for schools and early childhood centres to book through Sailor's new custodians, the Asthma & Respiratory Foundation of NZ.

In 2018 they performed 130 shows from Bluff to Cape Reinga.

Sailor and Chris in Bluff - June 2018

Sailor and Chris in Bluff - June 2018


KIDS FOR KIDS

Since 2009, Chris has conducted over 100,000 children in choirs during his time as Musical Director for Kids For Kids.

Formed in 1994, the concerts began as an opportunity for schools across the nation to come together and support a cause though singing. Originally hosted by acclaimed singer, Suzanne Prentice, OBE, the shows promoted World Vision’s child sponsorship programmes.

Since 2013 the concerts have been hosted by popular musical performer, Jackie Clarke, MNZM, and acclaimed singer-songwriter and Zed frontman, Nathan King.

 
Chris is an amazingly creative, warm and wonderful human being who puts his considerable artistic powers into the magic realm of children’s entertainment. He’s a gifted communicator and performer.
Kids and grown ups just love him!
Jackie Clarke, MNZM

Jackie Clarke, MNZM


THE FUNKY MONKEYS

Chris is perhaps best known amongst kiwi families for his work with New Zealand’s very own musical supergroup for kids, The Funky Monkeys.

Chris and his fellow performers, Neil, Joe, and Dizzy Dog have performed more than 900 shows to more than 1.7 million people at events including the Royal New Zealand Show, TV3’s Telethon, and Auckland’s televised Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park twice.

The Funky Monkeys have produced seven albums of children’s music, two DVD’s, and they won the inaugural APRA Children’s Music Video of the Year award in 2008.

The Funky Monkeys, Oct 2019

The Funky Monkeys, Oct 2019

Jason Gunn, Children’s Television Producer

Jason Gunn, Children’s Television Producer

Energy and entertainment to the max! These guys are world class. They had the crowd screaming, clapping and singing … and that was just the parents!’