Dinosaur sighting on the coast

By David Elliott – bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - A baby Tyrannosaurus Rex appears from behind a curtain and students from Magnolia Park Elementary school go wild. The creature is part of the internationally acclaimed theatrical production Walking with Dinosaurs.

"For kids, it's like a roller coaster ride," said Mathew Rimmer from the Walking with Dinosaurs production company. "They're saying, 'Oh my God!' and grinning at the same time."

The baby T-Rex was brought to the coast in advance of the Arena Spectacular Walking with Dinosaurs, which will be presented at the Coast Coliseum January 15-17. The show features 17 life-sized dinosaurs that look, move and sound real.

The show is based on the BBC television series of the same name. It's a $20 million production that invites audiences to step back to pre-historic time. Dinosaurs ruled the earth for 200 million years. They became extinct 65 million years ago.

The technology used to create the thundering beasts is incredible. It's a combination of puppetry and robotics.

"People will think they are seeing actual dinosaurs," Rimmer said.

Walking with Dinosaurs is so big it can only be presented in arenas like the Coast Coliseum. You can go to www.mscoastcolieum.com for ticket information. It's a pre-historic lesson and one of a kind entertainment in a dazzling theatrical production.

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