Apr 6, 2008

Walking with Dinosaurs

The Live Experience Invades Sprint Center in June

WALKING WITH DINOSAURS - The Live Experience comes to Sprint Center from June 3-7, 2008

Based on the award-winning BBC Television Series

Dinosaurs return to the earth in a live theatrical arena show, WALKING WITH DINOSAURS - The Live Experience, based on the award-winning BBC Television Series. Now on tour in North America, Kansas City is eagerly anticipating eight performances at Sprint Center. More than one million Americans have already seen the production since it opened in July 2007. The show originated in Australia where it played for ten sold-out weeks in five cities.

WALKING WITH DINOSAURS - The Live Experience tickets are $29.50, $49.50, $59.50 and $79.50. Tickets on sale now at Sprint Center Box Office, Ticketmaster Charge by phone at 816-931-3330, www.ticketmaster.com or Ticketmaster outlets. Group discounts are available for select shows by calling 816-949-7100.

WALKING WITH DINOSAURS - The Live Experience is brought to North America by The Creature Production Company, headed by Gerry Ryan. Ryan said, "The BBC Series was a brilliant blend of special effects, escapism, excitement and information. Our show has that -- and it’s live. In this show, fifteen roaring, snarling "live" dinosaurs mesmerize the audience - and are as awe-inspiring as when they first walked on earth. This is a show that could only fit in arenas - as the creatures are so absolutely immense in size. Audiences seated in the lower seats are all but overwhelmed by the dinosaurs, while those seated in higher seats can view the entire spectacle and panorama of the production. It is the closest you’ll ever get to experiencing what it was like when they walked and ruled the earth."

Ten species are represented from the entire 200 million year reign of the dinosaurs. The show includes the Tyrannosaurus Rex, the terror of the ancient terrain, as well as the Plateosaurus and Liliensternus from the Triassic period, the Stegosaurus and Allosaurus from the Jurassic period and Torosaurus and Utahraptor from the awesome Cretaceous. The largest of them, the Brachiosaurus is 36 feet tall, and 56 feet from nose to tail. It took a team of 50 - including engineers, fabricators, skin makers, artists and painters, and animatronic experts - a year to build the original production.

The history of the world is played out with the splitting of the earth’s continents, and the transition from the arid desert of the Triassic period is given over to the lush green prairies and forces of the later Jurassic. Oceans form, volcanoes erupt, a forest catches fire -- all leading to the impact of the massive comet, which struck the earth, and forced the extinction of the dinosaurs. The show depicts the dinosaurs’ evolution, complete with the climatic and tectonic changes that took place, which led to the demise of many species. With almost cinematic realism, WALKING WITH DINOSAURS has scenes of the interactions between dinosaurs, and the audience sees how carnivorous dinosaurs evolved to walk on two legs, and how the herbivores fended off their more agile predators.

Variety said, "The dinosaurs are stunning, life-size and faultlessly nimble. In act one, the beasts parade into the arena gnashing and cavorting as a safari-suited paleontologist describes their attributes...in the second half, the action cranks up, culminating in a spectacular clash as a T-Rex mom defends her baby from predators. Sonny Tilders’ triumphant creature design ensures ’Walking With Dinosaurs’ is a truly spectacular show. It is everything a dino-phile could want."

The New York Times said that in this show dinosaurs make "a thundering comeback after 65 million years."

Gloria Goodale of the Christian Science Monitor said, "When the dinosaurs start pouring out onto the stage, if you don't have to stifle the natural flight response of any living breathing being, then it’s your pulse that needs checking."

Newsweek called the show, "that rare entertainment beast that parents and kids can enjoy together."

WALKING WITH DINOSAURS - The Live Experience has sold out performances and broken records in arenas all over the America - generating more than $50 million in ticket sales to date. It has been seen in The Today Show, Regis and Kelly, and has been written about in Newsweek, The New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor and the Wall St. Journal. It is the subject of a Discovery Channel Really Big Things episode and will be a category on upcoming Jeopardy episodes. The production has won the 2007 THEA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Touring Event. The THEAs recognize excellence in the creation of compelling educational, historical, and entertainment projects. WALKING WITH DINOSAURS - The Live Experience is brought to North America by The Creature Production Company.

For more information, please visit www.dinosaurlive.com