The Dinosaurs are Coming to Tilles Center for Only Six Performances May 3 and 4
Susanna Stickley,Director of Marketing, Tilles Center
Erth Visual & Physical, Inc., in association with Red Tail Entertainment, ArKtype, and East Bank Entertainment are pleased to confirm that you’re not imagining things–there’s an undeniable rumble and a far off roar, which is indeed the arrival of DINOSAUR ZOO LIVETM. Created in Australia, the immensely popular, international theater attraction will play Tilles Center for the Performing Arts at LIU Post for six shows only, Saturday, May 3 and Sunday, May 4 at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 4 p.m. The dinosaurs will roar into the Herbert and Dolores Goldsmith Atrium, where every general admission seat is right in the middle of the action. Don’t miss this chance to experience what life was like amongst these giant creatures. Family performances at Tilles Center are sponsored by NIC Holding Corp.
DINOSAUR ZOO LIVETM is an experiential theater production that takes audiences on a prehistoric journey into a new dimension where they get to meet a menagerie of insects, mammals, and dinosaurs that once roamed the planet millions of years ago. Featuring a large-scale cast of dinosaur puppets brought to life by sophisticated design and theatrical presentation and puppet mastery, these life-like dinosaur recreations connect children to paleontology in a fun and informative setting. This monster production will feature 16 dinosaurs on stage. Children can watch and learn, but can also interact with the creatures in this fun, educational and unique presentation.
DINOSAUR ZOO LIVETM is both entertaining and educational. The Sydney Morning Herald says; "It’s a rare and pleasurable work that manages technical brilliance, cultural insight, and enchantment all in one go." Time Out London loved it: "It’s a delight to come face to face with the genuinely unexpected in Erth’s thoroughly entertaining kids’ show."
DINOSAUR ZOO LIVETM is the creation of one of Australia’s most innovative and creative companies, Erth Visual & Physical, Inc., who bring the impossible to life. For more than 21 years, the company has developed a truly fantastic aesthetic and an extraordinary box of tricks, which now serve as the foundations of its unique visual and physical theater work. Their work ranges from large-scale interactive environments such as The Garden, a prehistoric landscape inhabited by giant insects which premiered at the Melbourne International Festival of Arts, to more intimate in-theater work and roving spectaculars. The company regularly tours internationally and more than a million people have seen its dinosaurs in museums, and in performance works such as Radio Lab’s Apocalyptical, Dinosaur Petting ZooTM and DINOSAUR ZOO LiveTM.
DINOSAUR ZOO LIVETM is directed by Scott Wright the co-founder of Erth Visual & Physical, Inc., and its artistic director since inception in 1990. He trained as a dancer and choreographer in Victoria, Australia and is a multi-skilled artist incorporating puppetry (one of his greatest loves), movement, acting, aerial, stilts, and pyrotechnics. During this period, Scott steered the company through many twists and turns, creating a successful national and international touring profile. Scott has directed most of Erth’s successful touring shows, and worked with a large variety of national and international companies and institutions, individual artists and community groups. Scott is currently focusing on the survival of indigenous folklore, exploring how ancient stories can be retrieved and presented to new audiences. This exploration takes him to remote communities throughout Australia, to meet with elders, learning and developing methods in which puppetry can tell stories of ancient creatures and landscapes.
The dinosaurs and other creature puppets, as well as the flora and fauna that make up the set, are designed by Steve Howarth, a founding and fulltime member of Erth. From the Erth studio workshop he supervises a team of artists in the creation of the puppets, sets, props, costumes, and associated elements that constantly tour the nation and the globe. In this principle role he has worked with a wide variety of people and organizations, and across numerous media over the past 20 years. The first 15 years were spent performing in, on, and dangling from, many of the creations that he now devotes his full time to building. Now off stage, he oversees the daily production of giant, teeth-gnashing dinosaurs and inflatable monsters that live alongside traditional fine arts and textiles work, and increasingly, he is incorporating new disciplines such as digital animation. Steve recently directed his first work Taniwha! for Auckland Museum in New Zealand, where he worked closely with indigenous storytellers weaving together threads of Maori folklore, which was then presented by live actors, puppets, and projection. Steve also mentors design students from several tertiary institutions and assists emerging artists in the implementation of their respective crafts.
The North American tour of DINOSAUR ZOO LIVETM is produced by Red Tail Entertainment, ArKtype, and East Bank Entertainment. The production team is rounded out by Sharon Kerr, executive director at Erth Visual & Physical, and Anna Young, General Manager at Erth Visual & Physical. Erth’s Technical Manager Phil Downing designed the sound, lighting, and video.
The company of DINOSAUR ZOO LIVETM will be led on stage by host Aimee Louisanne. Kelley Selznick serves as a dinosaur wrangler and puppeteer, Hallie Goodman and Anthony Orefice serve as dinosaur wranglers and puppeteers who also operate the large "hero" puppets. Jackson Eather serves as the show’s swing performer.
Tickets to see DINOSAUR ZOO LIVETM Saturday, May 3, and Sunday, May 4, at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 4 p.m. at Tilles Center for the Performing Arts at LIU Post are $25 for general admission seating. All ticket prices include a $3 per ticket facility fee. Tickets are available online at tillescenter.org, or ticketmaster.com, in person at Tilles Center’s box office, or by telephone at 516-299-3100 or 800-745-3000. The box office is open Monday-Saturday from 1-6 p.m. There is a service fee for all tickets purchased online or by phone. There are no refunds or exchanges. For additional information, call 516-299-3100 or visit tillescenter.org. Press photos are available at tillescenter.org/press.
Programs at Tilles Center are supported in part by the New York State Council on the Arts. Tilles Center for the Performing Arts at LIU Post is located on Route 25A in Brookville, N.Y.
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