SOURCE: NewSpace Entertainment

NewSpace Entertainment

March 17, 2010 11:00 ET

WALKING WITH DINOSAURS - The Arena Spectacular Comes to Knoxville's Thompson-Boling Arena for 6 Performances Only: April 30 to May 2, 2010

WALKING WITH DINOSAURS Knoxville Tickets Are on Sale March 19, 2010 On-Line at Tickets Unlimited, Calling 865-656-4444, or in Person at Knoxville's Thompson-Boling Arena

KNOXVILLE, TN--(Marketwire - March 17, 2010) -  Dinosaurs return to the earth in a live theatrical arena show, WALKING WITH DINOSAURS - The Arena Spectacular, based on the award-winning BBC Television Series. In WALKING WITH DINOSAURS, seventeen roaring, snarling "live" dinosaurs mesmerize the audience -- and are as awe-inspiring as when they first walked on earth.

WALKING WITH DINOSAURS - The Arena Spectacular is now on an ongoing North American arena tour and will arrive in Knoxville to perform 6 performances at the Thompson-Boling Arena. More than 3.1 million Americans have already seen the production since it opened in July 2007. Tickets go on sale on March 19, 2010 by calling 865-656-4444, on-line at TicketsUnlimited.com or in person at the Thompson-Boling Arena. The performance schedule for Knoxville Walking With Dinosaurs is: Friday 7pm, Saturday 11am, 3pm, and 7pm, Sunday 1pm & 5pm. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more by calling 865-250-3842 or by e-mailing KnoxGroups@aol.com. Special Scout prices are also available. For more information, please visit the official WALKING WITH DINOSAURS - The Arena Spectacular website.

WALKING WITH DINOSAURS - The Arena Spectacular has sold out performances and broken records in arenas all over the America -- generating $136 million in ticket sales to date. It has been seen on "The Today Show," "Good Morning America," "Live with Regis and Kelly," and has been written about in Newsweek, The New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor and the Wall Street Journal. It was the subject of a Discovery Channel Really Big Things episode and a video clue category on Jeopardy.

WALKING WITH DINOSAURS - The Arena Spectacular is brought to North America by The Creature Production Company, headed by CEO Carmen Pavlovic. Pavlovic 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, seventeen roaring, snarling 'live' dinosaurs mesmerize the audience -- and are as awe-inspiring as when they first walked on earth."

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."

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 New York Times said that dinosaurs are making "a thundering comeback after 65 million years." Newsweek called the show, "that rare entertainment beast that parents and kids can enjoy together." Variety said, "'WALKING WITH DINOSAURS' is a truly spectacular spectacular. The dinosaurs are stunning, life-size and faultlessly nimble."

Artistic Director William May developed the creative vision of the show based on an original idea by entrepreneur Bruce Mactaggart to create an arena version of the "WALKING WITH DINOSAURS" television series.

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; our score was composed by James Brett; and Warner Brown wrote the script.

Tim Haines, creator and producer of the original BBC series, which was seen by a worldwide audience of 700 million, serves as Project Consultant to WALKING WITH DINOSAURS - The Arena Spectacular. WALKING WITH DINOSAURS - The Arena Spectacular was originally produced in Australia by Gerry Ryan, Malcolm Cooke and Jill Bryant and is brought to North America by The Creature Production Company.

Contact Information

  • For more information about WALKING WITH DINOSAURS - The Arena Spectacular, contact:

    Paige Travis, AC Entertainment 865-523-2665; Email Contact
    David Barber, Davidson & Choy Publicity, 323-954-7510 x 20; Email Contact