Updated dinosaurs stalk America in arena show

Updated dinosaurs stalk America in arena show
Updated 03 August 2014

Updated dinosaurs stalk America in arena show

Updated dinosaurs stalk America in arena show

NEW YORK: What does a man who spends his work days creating animatronic dinosaurs do on his day off? If you’re Sonny Tilders, you go see the real thing in person.
Tilders, the creative director of The Creature Technology Co., couldn’t resist recently stopping by the American Museum of Natural History while in New York to see some genuine fossils up close.
“I wanted them to move. Just one of them,” Tilders says, laughing.
In his day job, they do: Tilders is the driving force behind the “Walking with Dinosaurs, the Arena Spectacular,” which has returned for a North American tour with 20 updated lifelike dinosaurs, including many sporting feathers, the ability to reach up and eat leaves, and three new babies.
The show, based on an award-winning BBC Television series, travels 200 million years from Triassic to the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, and features 10 species of dinosaur. It is produced by Global Creatures, the Australian company behind the new musical “King Kong,” the Tony Award-winning “War Horse” and “How To Train Your Dragon.”
“Walking with Dinosaurs” is in Pittsburgh this weekend and next goes to Auburn Hills in Michigan before Canadian stops scheduled in Montreal and Ottawa for the rest of August. In September, it lumbers toward the California cities of Anaheim and Los Angeles and other stops are planned throughout the West and Midwest.
“There’s real drama in what we’ve made,” says Scott Faris, the director, whose work is backed by an 80-piece orchestra score.