The Arena Spectacular
Columbia, South Carolina
We saw the previews of the live show on PBS and bought tickets to
the show that weekend. We were wowed by the "Live"
dinosaur theater with superior animatronics and some humans in costumes,
superbly scary and professionally done!
The menacing set of teeth filled the end of
the stage, as a precursor of what was to come! A narrator
paleontologist led us through history.
the lobby was a hilarious Program-seller in a Dinosaur costume
babies hatching from eggs, in the center of the stage
Followed by the mother Liliensternus checking
on the hatching eggs
narrator began the story of time, leading up to the entrance of dinosaurs
on the earthly scene. The inflatable vegetation lit up with a real
enters the scene
makes a scary entrance!
T-Rex meets Stegosaurus
Brachiosaurus, the head towering near the ceiling, enters gracefully
And Tyrannosaurus Rex enters as a threat to
the mama & baby Brachiosaurus
You can see the dinosaurs also on the huge
screens on either side too
And the lights change constantly to keep the
scene in darkness, blue, or bright lights
flying Ornithocheirus with a huge movie screen makes it seem like it's
really flying over ocean and land
Utahraptors enter the scene, trouble!
You can see the legs of the person that directs the raptor dinosaur
vegetation is getting more lush, a beautiful sight!
enters the scene
|Two of the
Toprosaurus face off here!
ambles onstage, note the weapon at the end of its tail!
Torosaurus and Ankylosaurus in one scene
More color changes as Triceratops moves across
T-Rex and Ankylosaurus meet. The Baby teases the adult, until mama
enters to "protect" her baby
fearsome Mama T-Rex! She is NOT happy
is "safe" so mama and baby nuzzle noses, an "awww"
dramatic ending shows the crashing of a huge meteorite on earth,
effectively ending the Era of the Dinosaurs