WALKING WITH DINOSAURS - The Live Experience is now on tour in North America and will make its Chicago premiere at the United Center Thursday, Aug. 7 - Sunday, Aug. 17.
More than one million Americans have seen the production since it opened in July 2007.
For more information on the show, please visit dinosaurlive.com. Tickets are on sale now. Tickets may be purchased at the United Center Box Office, 1901 W. Madison St., and at any Ticketmaster outlet, charge by phone at (312) 559-1212 or online at ticketmaster.com.
The show originated in Australia where after years of planning, WALKING WITH DINOSAURS came to life at Sydney's Acer Arena in January 2007. The show proved itself such a sensation that a North American tour was fast-tracked. The tour began a short three months after completing its sold out engagements in Australia.
1) What exactly is "WALKING WITH DINOSAURS" - is it a movie or an exhibit?
It is neither! "WALKING WITH DINOSAURS" is a live theatrical show that is performed in two acts with an intermission. The arena is laid out with a proscenium stage at one end and the entire arena floor is our performing surface. Because the dinosaurs are the size they were in real life, the only venues large enough to accommodate them are arenas. We use both live and recorded video to enhance the scenes in the show; and the cinematic scope, dramatic lighting and symphonic sound used in the performance bring the creatures into threedimensional reality as they walk around the arena floor.
A team of master puppeteers operates each of the Dinosaurs via the use of new and special technologies invented just to bring them to life. The sights, sounds and subtleties of movement will make you feel that you are looking at real dinosaurs - alive and spontaneous to everything, even the audience. During the show, you cannot actually touch the Dinosaurs, but don't worry, the experience will be "real" and "live." Our producer Bruce Mactaggart says, "It is the closest you'll ever get to experiencing what it was like when they walked and ruled the earth."
2) How long is the show?
96 minutes, including an intermission.
3) What age and interest is appropriate for this show?
We recommend the show for ages from three to 93. The show has been carefully written and produced for the entire family, and there is no violence. The show has been produced however to provide a fair amount of realism - so to simulate earthquakes, volcanoes and comets impacting the earth, along with the primal roars of the dinosaurs, our show sound design is loud in many places. Some children (and adults) are sometimes momentarily taken by surprise by the impact of the sound, but usually our general fascination with dinosaurs, the symphonic music and the rich, yet subtle lighting tends to balance any momentary fear. Our experience is that most children sit relatively quietly in awe of the dinosaurs.
Walking with Dinosaurs-- The Live Experience
Now- Aug. 17