'Dinosaurs' called a primeval experience

| Monday, April 21, 2014, 9:04 p.m.

Until someone invents a time machine that travels millions of years back, no one will see real dinosaurs in person. But going to “Walking with Dinosaurs: The Arena Spectacular” this summer will give the closest experience to the real things, promoters say.

“Walking with Dinosaurs” — which first visited Pittsburgh in 2008 — merges science with sophisticated animatronics to bring gigantic, moving dinosaur figures to life and re-create a prehistoric setting with plants, an erupting volcano, theatrical lighting and music. In a video preview April 21, members of the creative team in the Australia-originated show described the dinosaur production and what went into creating it: in all, six years, some $20 million and hundreds of professionals, including engineers and artists.

Their animated characters include a 36-foot-tall, long-necked apatosaurus and a giant Tyrannosaurus rex, which stands 18 feet tall just at the shoulders.

“Walking with Dinosaurs: The Arena Spectacular” will offer eight shows from July 30 through Aug. 3 at Consol Energy Center, Uptown. Tickets: $26.25 to $78.75. Details: 800-745-3000 or www.consolenergycenter.com

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