'Get the Sillies Out' by spending time with 'Yo Gabba Gabba'

| Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, 10:50 p.m.

If your kids have a case of “the sillies,” you can take their giggles to the Benedum Center for an energetic outlet with “Yo Gabba Gabba! Live!”

In the live show “Get the Sillies Out!” — which is playing twice Friday — sillies aren't just a word for the restless goofiness that children feel. They are literal creatures that kids can jump, shake and shimmy off of their bodies. And the audience will see animated sillies — which look like colorful, fun, wiggly worms with faces — on the stage's screen, while “Yo Gabba Gabba!” band members shake, dance and sing away. The show is based on a popular “Yo Gabba Gabba!” song.

“You can jump and shake and shimmy, all the sillies come off of you, and you can sit down after,” says Scott Schultz, co-creator of the Nick Jr. television series along with Christian Jacobs. The award-winning, live-action series has spawned several music CDs and live shows since it premiered in 2007.

The animated sillies “just kind of jump out of you as you're wiggling,” says the resident of Orange County, Calif. “It's strange to explain, but it's a fun part of the show.

“It's about this idea that kids — they just have so much energy, they want to run around and be crazy,” Schultz says. “Sometimes, we've got to ... let them out. Let the sillies out … shake, and let all the fun energy come flying out of us.”

The cast of “Yo Gabba Gabba!” includes DJ Lance Rock, and colorful, cartoonish characters like Brobee the little green guy, Foofa the pink flower bubble, Muno the red cyclops, Toodee the blue cat-dragon and Plex the yellow robot.

Both the kids and adults in the audience get into the high energy, and can get their sillies out along with the performers onstage, Schultz says.

“Parents and kids are singing along and dancing and jumping around; it's the kind of excitement that you never experience, even at a concert,” he says. “It's so earnest and genuine and just ... fun.

“It's OK to be hyper; it's OK to scream,” Schultz says. “I walk around and soak it all in as much as I can. It's a treat. It's definitely the reward for doing all the hard work.”

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