Dinosaurs go through dress rehearsal at the DECC

Sunday, August 8, 2010

The staff of “Walking with Dinosaurs” conducted a “dino check” Friday afternoon to make sure everything was in order before their Twin Ports debut at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center Arena.

Here’s some inside information about the show, which continues with performances at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. today and at

1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday:

# The dinosaurs used in the show cost about $1 million each to construct. The largest dinosaurs weigh about 1½ tons.

# There are 16 dinosaurs in the Duluth shows; four can appear on stage at any given time.

# Puppeteer Raymond Carr said each dinosaur is controlled by several people who stay in constant touch with each other via headphones during the show. One person, inside the dinosaur, is in charge of moving the entire creature on and off the stage area. Two people in the control area, high in the arena stands, are in charge of moving that creature’s eyes, mouth, limbs, etc., and also control the sounds that emanate from speakers within each dinosaur.

# The show used 21 semis to transport the creatures, sets and other equipment from its previous shows in Green Bay to Duluth.

# Friday’s “dino check” was a chance for puppeteers, engineers and designers to make sure all the dinosaurs were operating correctly. If any movements were off, an engineer was on hand with a laptop to “tap into” that dinosaur’s software and make corrections, Carr said. A costume designer was available to fix any tears in the fabric covering the creatures.

# Limited tickets were available Friday afternoon, although they may be sold out by now. Tickets start at $24; contact the DECC box office or go to ticketmaster.com.


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