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March 6, 2014

‘Dinosaur Zoo Live’ brings prehistoric creatures to life

TERRE HAUTE — Kids of all ages will have the chance to get up close and personal with a menagerie of prehistoric creatures at 3 and 7 p.m. Sunday when Erth’s “Dinosaur Zoo Live” comes to Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology’s Hatfield Hall for two shows.

The interactive show takes audiences to meet the inhabitants of a very unique zoo, featuring insects, mammals and dinosaurs that roamed the planet millions of years ago. “Dinosaur Zoo Live” features a cast of realistic-looking dinosaur puppets brought to life by master puppeteers.

Audience members will have the chance to learn about prehistoric creatures through interaction with the lifelike puppets and their caretakers.

“Dinosaur Zoo Live” is the creation of Australia’s Erth Visual and Physical, Inc. The company has been delighting audiences worldwide with its unique brand of theater work for more than 21 years. Their productions, ranging from large-scale interactive environments to intimate in-theater programs, has been featured at the Melbourne International Festival of Arts, and toured internationally.

What’s On Stage London’s Kristy Stott said, “‘Dinosaur Zoo’, with interaction and science at its core, is very different from any of the other dinosaur shows that I have seen. If like me, you have a dinosaur-obsessed child or one that you can borrow to accompany you, ‘Dinosaur Zoo’ is well worth a visit!”

The show’s dinosaurs were developed in consultation with paleontologists using interpretations of fossil evidence. Skilled performers bring these specially designed creatures to life in a show that is both educational and entertaining. Over a million people have seen the company’s dinosaurs in museums and theater performances.

“It’s personally very satisfying to be able to offer these kinds of programs in our community. And since this is our last family show of the season, I hope we pack the house with kids of all ages,” said Bunny Nash, Hatfield Hall venue manager.

“Dinosaur Zoo” is directed by Scott Wright, the artistic director and co-founder of Erth Visual and Physical, Inc. The creature puppets, flora and fauna that make up the set are designed by Steve Howarth, a founding member of Erth, who supervises a team of artists in the creation of the puppets, sets, props and costumes in the company’s workshop.

Tickets for Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live are $5 for youth (12 and under) and $10 for adults, and may be purchased at hatfieldhall.com, by phone at 812-877-8544 or in person at the Hatfield Hall ticket desk. For complete season information, including artist videos and more, visit hatfieldhall.com.

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