Former Maryborough man Matthew Backer grew up watching Play School.
Former Maryborough man Matthew Backer grew up watching Play School. Contributed

There's a Maryborough boy in there...and a bear as well

LIKE many young Australians, Matthew Backer grew up watching Play School.

So it's more than a little surreal for the former Maryborough man to be part of the cast of the much-loved children's show.

"It's quite an honour to be part of it," Mr Backer said.

He has two nephews who regularly watch the program and he said it was cool to think he would be part of the  legacy of much- loved Play School presenters Hugh Sheridan, Noni Hazlehurst, Benita Collings and Deborah Mailman.

THERE’S A BEAR …: Yes, you’ll be singing the song in your head all day, so why not enjoy a dose of nostalgia and visit the 50th birthday celebrations of Playschool at Cobb+Co Museum.
Playschool at Cobb+Co Museum during the 50 year celebrations.



Not to mention the former Fraser Coast Chronicle journalist gets to play with Little Ted, Big Ted, Humpty and Jemima.

And which window is Mr Backer's favourite?

"The arch window," he said.

After many years performing in theatre  in Sydney and Brisbane, Mr Backer said it was great to score a role on the show.

He said the flexibility of Play School, which is filmed in Sydney, meant he could continue to take on theatre roles.