Prepare to be amazed by Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium
For the last 10 years, Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo has been wowing young audiences with the science of paleontology. But Scott Wright, writer and director at Erth Visual & Physical Inc., knew there was another story to tell and one that could be as entertaining and educational as Dinosaur Zoo.
“I knew there was phenomenal potential in ocean creatures,” says Wright. “They’ve been around longer than dinosaurs and they represent some of the most amazing prehistoric beings that ever existed.” Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium is the ultimate real-life 3D experience. Wright says you’ll really feel like you are under the sea with these ancient beasts. “The lighting and the sound help create the illusion of being in the ocean,” says Wright, “and the fact that kids can reach out and touch these creatures really adds to the experience.”
The creatures are sophisticated marionettes operated and brought to life by puppeteers. And they are not small. “I love the fact that our baby plesiosaurs can loom out over the audience,” says Wright, “and the angler fish takes up the whole stage.” It takes expertise to operate these creatures and Wright says he’s fortunate to have the puppeteers for the show. “These are highly trained performers, dancers and artists,” says Wright. “They really help make these creatures feel real for the kids.” Wright and the team that puts on Prehistoric Aquarium really enjoy the chance to work with kids and give them new experiences. He understands the educational opportunity available and does it with integrity. “We don’t dumb things down,” says Wright. “We use the proper Latin names and descriptions for the creatures and kids love it.” He knows that Erth’s productions can be influential.
“When I was growing up, one of the first shows I watched was Sesame Street,” says Wright. “I was absolutely fascinated by the puppets. And then Star Wars came along, and it was like science fiction and the real world collided. It’s where I took my inspiration and I’ve been doing it all my life.” He wants Prehistoric Aquarium to inspire kids the same way. “If we can inspire kids to be interested in nature and the world around them, then that’s great.” Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium is at Meridian Theatres @ Centrepointe on Thursday, March 28. Visit www.meridiancentrepointe.com for ticket information and prepare to be amazed.