THE DINOSAURS ARE COMING….
TO THE FISHER THEATRE, MARCH 12 – 16, 2014
FOR TEN PERFORMANCES ONLY!!
Tickets on sale Friday, December 6!
Erth Visual & Physical, Inc., in association with TCG 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 Erth’s DINOSAUR ZOO LiveÔ. Created in Australia, the immensely popular, international theatre attraction will play Detroit’s Fisher Theatre, for ten shows only, March 12 – 16, 2014. Don’t miss this chance to experience what life was like amongst these giant creatures! Tickets will go on sale Friday, December 6 at 10 a.m. at all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 1-800-982-2787, online at www.ticketmaster.com or www.broadwayindetroit.com, and at the Fisher Theatre box office
Erth’s DINOSAUR ZOO LiveÔ is an experiential theatre production which 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 sixteen dinosaurs on stage: Children can watch and learn, but can also interact with the creatures in this fun, educational and unique presentation.
Erth’s DINOSAUR ZOO LiveÔ 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.’
Erth’s DINOSAUR ZOO LiveÔ is the creation of one of Australia’s most innovative and creative companies, Erth Visual & Physical, Inc., who bring the impossible to life. For over 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 theatre 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-theatre 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 ZooÔ and DINOSAUR ZOO LiveÔ
Erth’s DINOSAUR ZOO LiveÔ is directed by Scott Wright the co-founder of Erth Visual and 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 twenty 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 Erth’s DINOSAUR ZOO LiveÔ is produced by TCG 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 cast of DINOSAUR ZOO LiveÔ will be hosted on stage by emcee and ‘Paleontologist’ Aimee Louisanne. Kelley Selznick serves as a ‘Zookeeper’ and puppeteer, Hallie Goodman and Anthony Orefice are ‘Zookeepers’ and puppeteers who also operate the large dinosaur puppets. Jackson Eather serves as the show’s swing performer.
Performance times for Erth’s DINOSAUR ZOO LiveÔ, appearing for ten shows only, March 12 – 16, 2014 at Detroit’s Fisher Theatre, located at 3011 W. Grand Blvd., in Detroit, are:
- Wednesday through Saturday performances at 7:30 p.m.
- Thursday and Friday matinees at 11:30 a.m.
- Saturday matinees at 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
- Sunday matinee at 1:00 p.m.
- Sunday evening performance at 5:00 p.m.
Tickets for Erth’s DINOSAUR ZOO LiveÔ range from $19 to $39 and will go on sale Friday, December 6 at 10 a.m.at all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 1-800-982-2787, online at www.ticketmaster.com or www.broadwayindetroit.com, and at the Fisher Theatre box officeRoar. A limited number of $49 premium seats, which include safari hats, will be available through Ticketmaster and at the box office. For group sales (10 or more) please email or call (313) 871-1132. Performance schedule, prices and cast are subject to change without notice.
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