The Wiggles invade Chicago


By Lindsey Riley


Emma Watkins is part of the first generation that fell in love with the Wiggles. She watched the show all the time and can be seen dancing with her sister (wearing matching dresses, of course!) in footage of a concert in Sydney, Australia.

Now, she is a Wiggle-the first-ever female Wiggle.

With a new album released, Watkins and her fellow Wiggles castmates are taking the show on the road with their new worldwide Taking Off! tour. The group will perform 21 new and classic songs with Captain Feathersword, Wags the Dog and more friends in tow.

"The most important thing for the Wiggles is to entertain and educate children and allow them to learn in their own way," Watkins says. "For me, I think the most important thing is to be a positive role model for both boys and girls."

Watkins, the new yellow Wiggle, once dreamed of becoming a ballerina. Now she not only gets to dance on stage, but she sings, speaks French and plays the drums, all while wearing a large yellow bow in her hair, which little girls in attendance have started to replicate.

"I can't imagine doing anything else," Watkins says.

When she was first approached, Watkins thought it was a prank. But now, after going through training and becoming an official Wiggle, she describes it as the most incredible journey.

Chicago families will have the chance to meet Watkins and celebrate her birthday when the Taking Off! tour stops at Rosemont Theatre Sept. 21 for two shows.


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