Chris Lam Sam has performed as a professional entertainer for children and their families since the year 2000.
During that time he has performed thousands of children’s shows throughout the country, he has written and produced eight original albums of children’s songs, and has been seen performing live by more than 2 million people.
Suzy Cato, one of New Zealand’s most iconic children’s television and radio presenters, says:
‘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 track and every performance.’
Chris' previous clients include the likes of Plunket NZ, Westfield, PORSE, World Vision NZ, Rainbows End, and Spark Digital - just to name a few!
What follows is an extraordinary list of children’s shows that Chris is currently involved with ...
NEW ZEALAND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Chris has performed and produced numerous children's shows with the NZSO.
In 2016 they toured both large and small centres in the North Island presenting free, hour-long programmes of well known classical music for families, including dynamic performances of Tane and the Kiwi, and Prokofiev's beloved Peter and the Wolf.
Chris is currently working with them to produce their upcoming 2017 shows in May.
SAILOR THE PUFFER FISH
Chris and Sailor the Puffer Fish have performed their unique half-hour musical show about asthma in hundreds of schools and early childhood centres since 2012.
Asthma Waikato commissioned Chris to develop a memorable and interactive show that could help curb the alarmingly high number of asthma-related hospital admissions and preventable deaths of New Zealand children recorded each year.
In their first three years, Sailor and Chris were able to perform to over 50,000 children and their teachers in the Auckland, Waikato and Wellington regions.
Chris says, ’What I absolutely love about Sailor’s show is that it empowers people of all ages. Children and staff who live with asthma can leave our show knowing how to manage their condition more effectively, and everyone else can leave knowing how to support those people, especially in an emergency.’
Thanks to the generosity of Sailor’s supporters, the show remains 100% free for schools and ECE centres to book.
To enquire about booking or sponsoring Sailor’s shows in your area, please contact Chris here.
KIDS FOR KIDS
Chris continues to work with thousands of children around the country each year in his role as Musical Director for the long-time touring choral show, Kids For Kids.
In 1994, Kids For Kids began as an opportunity for schools across the nation to come together and sing in massed choirs. Fronted by acclaimed singer, Suzanne Prentice, the shows also promoted World Vision’s child sponsorship work.
Today the shows are hosted by well known singer and kiwi performer, Jackie Clarke, and singer-songwriter, Nathan King.
Chris says, ‘This show has fantastic outcomes for children both locally and across the globe. Our team works incredibly hard to ensure the children in our choirs have a fantastic time being stars of the show, and also to make sure they have the chance to learn about how communities of less fortunate children might be living in other countries. In my time with this show, I have seen thousands of children’s lives impacted positively. For that reason alone I hope to be involved with Kids For Kids for many years to come.’
'Chris is an amazingly creative, warm and wonderful human being who chooses to put his considerable artistic powers into the magic realm of children's entertainment. He puts a lot of love and thought into all the work he does and delivers it with panache, incredible energy and skill. He is also funny, musical, a great communicator and a gifted performer. Kids just love him and adults think he's cool too — because he is!’ - Jackie Clarke, Performer
To enquire about sponsoring a Kids For Kids show in your area, please contact Chris here.
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.
Since 2003, Chris, and his fellow performers, Neil, Joe, and mascot, Dizzy Dog, have performed more than 900 live shows at over 550 events including the Royal New Zealand Show in Christchurch, and Auckland’s televised Coca Cola Christmas in the Park twice.
Chris says, ‘We began The Funky Monkeys at a time when most of the quality live children’s entertainment was being shipped in from overseas. In the two and a half years we were a full time operation we performed live to over 1.7 million people. These days we call ourselves ‘mostly retired’, but when we do get together for a show it’s always a lot of fun.’
The Funky Monkeys have produced seven CD’s, two DVD’s, and won two awards, including the ‘What Now? APRA Children’s Music Video of the Year’ award in 2008.
‘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!’
- Jason Gunn, Veteran Children’s Television Producer
To enquire about booking The Funky Monkeys, please email bookings(at)thefunkymonkeys.co.nz
GOODTIME MUSIC ACADEMY
Chris leads the Goodtime Music Academy Show Team in Wellington, performing in schools, early childhood centres, and at community events.
Goodtime Music Academy is one of the largest providers of music education in New Zealand, with hundreds of children learning an instrument in schools via Goodtime’s mobile Music Bus classrooms.
Chris says, ‘Our shows are a lot of fun and exist to encourage student participation with live music. Everyone in the team shares a common belief that music can steer young people towards many wonderful positive opportunities for personal growth and friendship. That has certainly been true in my case.’
The shows are interactive, educational, and customised to teach children of all ages about a variety of different instruments, musical ideas, and genres.
In 2015, the Goodtime Music Academy show team performed shows to over 9,000 students and teachers in the greater Wellington region.
‘Children were given lots of opportunities to dance, listen, sing and explore the range of instruments. We loved it so much we have booked in a Goodtime music session termly.’ - Trinity, Head Teacher at Katoa Kindergarten
Chris also co-writes and presents content for Rad Rhythm, the cutting-edge digital percussion course for primary school children.
To enquire about booking a Goodtime Music Academy show, please email chris(at)goodtimedrumacademy.co.nz
THE MUSICAL MAD HATTER
In 2012, One Entertainment commissioned Chris to write, produce, and perform a musical show for children like no other.
Knowing only that he would be performing as a ‘Mad Hatter’, Chris began creating a show that would allow him to incorporate new original songs, generous helpings of quirk and slapstick, and most importantly, an invisible Cheshire cat.
The Musical Mad Hatter show continues to be requested by shopping centres, and family event organisers throughout New Zealand.
‘We pride ourselves on only working with exceptional entertainers, and Chris Lam Sam is one of the select few that fall firmly in this category. In the past we have worked alongside him to create brilliant children’s entertainment shows, and we are looking forward to working on new show formats with him in the future. He is a talented musical maestro and always leaves children with the most important thing … a smile.’ - Brett Tutheridge, Director of One Entertainment Ltd.
To enquire about booking The Musical Mad Hatter, please contact Chris here.