Chris has worked as a professional entertainer for children and families since the year 2000.
During that time he has performed thousands of children’s shows both locally and internationally, he has written and produced eight original albums of children’s songs, and has been seen performing live by more than 2.5 million people.
Suzy Cato, one of New Zealand’s most iconic children’s television 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 Te Papa, 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 ...
Mr. Lam sam's musical mayhem show
In 2017 Chris created a brand new interactive children's show filled with extraordinary surprises the whole family can enjoy!
Composed of approximately 88% music, 10% magic, 50% prizes, and 100% silliness, Chris masterfully casts his audiences down a whimsical rabbit-hole of hilarious entertainment!
Packed with all-in musical games, silly songs, a sprinkling of melodious magic, and plenty of prizes, this is a show that families will remember for a long time!
‘Masterful. It is a superb show ... humour, colour, excitement and flare ... entirely family-friendly.’
— Dave Treeby, Event Manager,
Te Papa Museum
'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 Kiddie Limits
'LOVED what you were doing. The audience was raving. Thank you so much for being fantastic.'
— Lisa Moore, Event Manager,
Queenstown Winter Festival
For booking enquiries, please contact Chris here.
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 and deliver their 2018 'Musical Menagerie' family show in the Wellington Opera House, and their free education shows for primary school children in the Michael Fowler Centre.
THE SAILOR ASTHMA SHOW
Chris and Sailor the Puffer Fish have performed their unique half-hour musical show about asthma in more than 500 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 preventable deaths in children 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 asthma 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 now remains 100% free for schools and ECE centres to book through Sailor's new custodians, Asthma & Respiratory Foundation of NZ.
In 2018, Sailor and Chris are performing 80 Sailor Asthma Shows throughout the South Island.
To enquire about booking or sponsoring Sailor’s shows in your area, please contact Chris here.
KIDS FOR KIDS
Since 2009 Chris has continued to work with thousands of kiwi kids 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 (OBE), 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, ‘Our team works incredibly hard to make sure the children in our choirs have a fantastic time being stars of the show. I have seen thousands of children’s lives impacted positively, both locally and internationally. 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
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 over 1,000 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)gtma.co.nz
THE SMART WATER SHOW
In early 2018, Chris was commissioned by the Hamilton City, Waipa District, and Waikato District Councils to write and produce 'The Smart Water Show' - an interactive musical show promoting drinking water conservation for preschool children.
The show was toured to six early childhood centres across the Waikato region over two days, with a colourful music video of The Smart Water Song being produced by Taktix Films. Every child received a bag of free take-home resources, and teachers were given a free professional development session prior to the show visiting their centre.