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Dinosaurs will roam SunDome in April

YAKIMA - Dinosaurs once again roam the earth in a spectacular theatrical arena show, WALKING WITH DINOSAURS - The Arena Spectacular, based on the award-winning BBC Television Series.

WALKING WITH DINOSAURS - The Arena Spectacular is now on tour in North America and will perform five times at the Yakima Valley SunDome in Yakima on April 24, 25 and 26. More than two million Americans have already seen the production since it opened in July 2007.

Tickets went on sale on Thursday, Feb. 12. They can be ordered by calling 800-325-SEAT, going on-line at ticketswest.com or can be purchased in person at the SunDome box office. For groups, contact the SunDome box office at 509-248-7160 Ext. 120. Reserved ticket prices are $27.50, $37.50 and $52.50.

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 this North American tour was fast-tracked. It began a short three months after completing its sold out engagements in Australia.

WALKING WITH DINOSAURS - The Arena Spectacular is brought to North America by The Creature Production Company, headed by CEO Carmen Pavlovic. She said, "The BBC Series was a brilliant blend of special effects, escapism, excitement and information. Our show brings together all of that, plus something extra - it's live!

"In this production, 15 roaring, snarling "live" dinosaurs mesmerize the audience - and are as awe-inspiring as when they first walked on earth," explained Pavlovic.

Pavlovic continued, "The dinosaurs are life-size, making the show so immense, it could only fit in arenas.It's a $20 million arena spectacle of unprecedented size and quality, which captivates young and old alike. With Walking with Dinosaurs, we really believe we have created a new genre in entertainment and we hope to continue to bring new product to arenas for years to come. "

A talented and experienced team of creative artists came together to produce WALKING WITH DINOSAURS - The Arena Spectacular. The show is directed by Scott Faris, a Broadway veteran who has worked side by side with Harold Prince, Trevor Nunn, Michael Blakemore, Gene Saks, John Caird, Tommy Tune and Jerry Zaks. The creatures are designed and built by Sonny Tilders; the set and projected image design are by Peter England; the show's lighting is by John Rayment, the show's score was composed by James Brett; and Warner Brown wrote the script.

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 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.

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 five Yakima Valley SunDome performances are slated for Friday, April 24, at 7 p.m., Saturday, April 25, at 11a.m., and 3 and 7 p.m., and Sunday, April 26, at 1 and 5 p.m.

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