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A ZOO WHERE A BEAST CAN BE YOUR BUDDY FALL 2016 | artsLife 49 hat child isn’t mesmerized by dinosaurs? Animators dream up every sort of imaginary creature, yet no one has topped the enduring appeal of the bizarre-looking reptiles that actually walked the earth some 65 million years ago. Now, an Australian company called Erth Visual & Physical is bringing a menagerie of dinosaurs to Orlando. Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live thunders its way into the Walt Disney Theater on Friday, February 17, 2017, at 7 p.m. Tickets for the show, which is recommended for kids age 3 and up (and their parents), start at $17.50. The Dinosaur Zoo is designed to take youngsters on a prehistoric journey, where they can see lifelike (and, in most cases, full-size) puppets of these Mesozoic monsters, some of which were indigenous to the Land Down Under. The extraordinarily realistic-looking Jurassic Park refugees are operated by skilled puppeteers (“wranglers,” they’re called) clad in safari gear. From a baby dryosaur to a peaceful titanosaur to a teeth-gnashing T. rex, the production features 16 of the long-extinct reptiles cavorting on stage. Children can watch and interact with the creatures in a setting designed to be entertaining and educational. But don’t worry — it’s not particularly scary. In fact, some of the “great lizards” (especially the babies) are surprisingly cute and cuddly. Still, Sydney-based Erth’s puppets were developed in consultation with paleontologists, based on current science and interpretations of fossil evidence. In other W F E A T U R E D P E R F O R M A N C E EVERY KID LOVES DINOSAURS. WITH THIS MESOZOIC MENAGERIE, THEY CAN GET UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL.


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