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‘Mister Chris and Friends’ brings kids’ music to Vermont PBS

Just in time for the holidays, Vermont PBS debuts a new children’s series that’s guaranteed to entertain the kiddos. Mister Chris and Friends, a joyful new music and education series for kids, premiered its full first season on Wednesday, Nov. 21. The show encourages learning, exploration and fun for the entire family.
Mister Chris and Friends features the songs and adventures of “Mister Chris,” performed by Chris Dorman, who is known throughout the region for his gentle, nurturing and inquisitive approach to sharing music with children and their families. 
In each episode, Mister Chris makes a wish to learn something new and goes on a fun adventure of discovery and learning. Along the way, he meets new friends, interviews inquisitive kiddos, and celebrates with a Big, Big Concert. Throughout, he sings songs and focuses on listening to the people he encounters.
If this sounds reminiscent of Mister Roger’s Neighborhood, it is. Vermont PBS looked to Fred Roger’s iconic children’s show for inspiration around style, pace and deep respect for children. Above all, Mister Chris and Friends meets children where they are. Geared toward kids age 3-6, the show looks to see the world with wondering eyes, and makes space for their voices, questions and wishes.
“My hope is that each child who tunes in to Mister Chris and Friends feels listened to, respected, and encouraged to express who they are in their unique way,” Dorman said.  “The stories we tell through the show are directly inspired by the very real magic of how children explore the world and inspire curiosity and compassion in us all.”
Watch the full first season, Wednesdays at 10 a.m., on the main Vermont PBS channel. All of the new episodes will air back-to-back, followed by the previously released pilot episode. The full first season will also be available to stream at vermontpbs.org/misterchris, along with web extras.

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