About

The creators of Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live want to take your family on an all new adventure – this time to the bottom of the ocean.   Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure is an immersive experience that invites you to jump in and explore unknown ocean depths where prehistoric marine reptiles lived eons ago – and maybe live still today!  Erth shows are at the forefront of family entertainment, using actors, technology, puppets, science and imagination to create an amazing visual experience that connects young audiences to the real science of paleontology.

ERTH VISUAL & PHYSICAL INC.  (Producer) Since its beginnings in 1990, Erth has sought to provide audiences with eye popping visual experiences; giant puppetry, stilt-walkers, inflatable environments, aerial and flying creatures. In demand for events and festivals, the Company inspires audiences with their unique and dynamic vision.  Erth have built an Australia wide, and increasingly international reputation based on exceptional work and a distinctive visual aesthetic. Erth’s signature production, Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo is consistently touring through North America, UK and Australia with multiple teams touring simultaneously. Erth’s productions have been presented all around Australia, in venues large and small, from community halls in the remote outback to the Sydney Opera House.  Erth is renowned for construction of stunning puppets of all scales, and frequently undertakes bespoke commissions for museums, zoos, theatre producers and festivals around Australia.

Team

Cast members to be announced soon

Creators

SCOTT WRIGHT – DIRECTOR / WRITER

Scott is the Artistic Director and co-founder of Erth Visual & Physical, Inc., which began in 1990. He trained as a dancer and choreographer in Victoria in southeast Australia, and is a multi-skilled artist incorporating puppetry (one of his greatest loves), movement, acting, aerial, stilts and pyrotechnics. Currently he is working renowned Italian director Chiara Guidi and has just finished production on Erth;s latest show “Prehistoric Aquarium” in which the audience is submerged in a theatrical ancient underwater environment, witnessing the thrills and spills of aquatic life. Scott has also produced work based upon the last thylacine (the largest known carnivorous marsupial of modern times) kept in Australian captivity. Some of Scott’s personal interests include the survival of indigenous folklore, exploring how ancient stories can be retrieved and presented to new audiences, which has taken him into remote communities throughout Australia. He is also fiercely active in not only making work that is inclusive for children with and/or without disability but also making work with adults with disability as collaborators.

SHARON KERR – Executive Director

Sharon is Executive Director and a founding member of Erth. Originally trained as a school teacher majoring in drama, Sharon has much performance experience. Prior to helping form Erth, she spent five years in contemporary dance theater with empha­sis on improvisational movement. Puppetry became a natural extension of this. Her roles within Erth are many and varied. Contributing to creative and performance direction, Sharon continues to perform whenever she can.  Sharon has also steered the company for many years as its key administrator. Some of her per­formance highlights include her aerial har­ness and flying work memorable amongst these are from atop the sails of the Sydney Opera House, the spire of St. Paul’s Cathedral in Melbourne and from the 30th floor of the Nge Ann skyscraper in Singapore.

STEVE HOWARTH – DESIGNER

As Head of Design and a founding and full time member of Erth Visual & Physical, Inc., Steve designs for most of the company’s productions and external com­missions. From the Erth studio/workshop he supervises a team of artists in the creation of the puppets, sets, props, costumes and the associated elements that are on constant tour around the globe. Over the last twenty years in this principal role, he has worked with a wide variety of people, orga­nizations and across numerous media. He oversees the daily production of giant, teeth-gnashing dinosaurs and inflat­able monsters that spring from traditional fine arts and textiles work. Steve also mentors design students from ter­tiary institutions and assists emerging artists in the implementation of their respective crafts.

Drew Fairley – Co-writer

Since graduating from the School of Creative Arts at the University of Wollongong Drew has worked internationally as an actor, writer and director. 

Most recently Drew performed in Deathtrap at the Darlinghurst Theatre and Jack and the Beanstalk (Directed by Chira Guidi) for the 2015 Adelaide festival. Before that Drew worked with Lisa Chappell as director of Bad Day Insurance. As a performer in Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo as part of the Kids for Fun Festival, VIC. As dramaturge on Here- a Verbatim Theatre piece through Warringah council, directed by Kristine-Landon Smith (Tamasha Theatre Co UK). Before that he performed with Version 1.0 in The Major Minor Party- as an actor devisor, Terripin Puppet Theatre Company as a writer of Pip and Pooch- and with Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre as a writer/director on their new musical – Oh My God I’ve Been Kidnapped and I Hate what I’m Wearing, And Purse of the Mummy for Marguerite Pepper Productions and the Casula Arts Centre. For Television Drew has performed in –The Kangaroo Gang- King of Thieves- for the BBC and is featured in Anne Fontain’s Australian/French feature film- Adore and Mat Govoni’s –The Misfortune of Others- which was being screened at the Australian’s In Film conference in L.A. he is also a regular in Ariana Bossi’s six part comedy series The Stereo Complex (featuring Marcus Graham and Christa Hughes)

Drew has had a long association with actress/comedian Kate Smith and together they have written and performed three plays – Bangers and Mash, The No Chance in Hell Hotel and The Unspeakable Itch- the first two of which toured extensively through Australia, The UK, The US and Hong Kong.  

Drew has also produced several short films including – I Killed an Ibis, Bubble and a six part webisode series called Upgrade. 

Catherine McNamara – Co-writer

Catherine McNamara is an emerging performer and maker. She has a Bachelor of Performance (Acting) from the University of Wollongong, and a Communications degree. She began dance training at age three, practicing ballet, modern and jazz. In the last two years she has been studying Bodyweather, a dance method that grew out of Japan in the 1980s. This October, she will dance in Victoria Hunt’s new work TANGIwai at Carriageworks.

In 2014, she performed in Metamorphoses, directed by Linda Luke and Catherine McKinnon (Illawarra Performing Arts Centre), and Teenage Wildlife adapted from Spring Awakening by Alex Tutton, and directed by Chris Ryan (PACT Theatre). She co-wrote and performed in The Defence, which enjoyed fringe seasons in Sydney, Wollongong, Melbourne and Perth.

In 2013, she premiered the role of ‘Mackenzie’ in Catherine McKinnon’s Hurt Trilogy, Hurt#1 (Kin). She trained for three years with mezzo-soprano Dr. Lotte Latukefu, and in 2012 was selected for Karen O’s Stop the Virgens: A Psycho Opera (Vivid Festival).

Catherine is also a Disability Support Worker with the Cerebral Palsy Alliance, and has the long-term ambition to make theatre with, and for, people with diverse abilities. Prehistoric Aquarium is Catherine’s first project with ERTH. 

PHIL DOWNING – Sound Design

Phil has a distinct history working with interactive multimedia. After years spent performing music, Phil set about reinventing his means of expression through music, by creating unique and obscure musical instruments. This inspiration has led to the creation of numer­ous soundtracks for theatrical productions (1999–2012). Delivery of video and imagery being an obvious progression, Phil has also worked with various technologies to incor­porate physical interaction (with performers and audience members) into installations and performances, utilizing technologies such as infra-red, sonar and pressure sensors, Arduino programmable circuit boards and Kinect sen­sors. Working with Erth, Phil has developed systems for automated delivery of sound, light and visual effects, and has designed stand-alone sound systems for their various creature puppets. “This one’s going to be a mad professor!” his grandma proclaimed upon his birth.…She was possibly correct!

Christian J. Heinrich – Animation

Gabbie Paananen – Illustrations

Neil Simpson – Lighting Design

Nick Wishart – Electronics Consultant

Red Tail Entertainment – PRODUCER – NORTH AMERICA

Red Tail Entertainment with CEO Phillip Drayer, produces and presents a wide variety of entertainment throughout North America.

Through its division Red Tail Productions, the company produces quality entertainment ranging from Broadway musicals to family theater, including the acclaimed Broadway hit A Night with Janis Joplin (whose title performer, Mary Bridget Davies, was honored with a Tony Award Nomination), the spectacular Do You Hear the People Sing, Cirque Musica, the national tour of Scooby Doo Live! Musical Mysteries, and the hit interactive show Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live, which toured North America for four years to an audience of over half a million people.   

Through its division Red Tail-Live, the company has a tremendous track record of producing and presenting live entertainment in a variety of venues, theatres, performing arts centers and arenas throughout the U.S. and Canada; presenting over a hundred events annually. 

Phillip Drayer is a Texas-based entrepreneur whose career spans over fifty years. He was an early member of the high technology industry working for the industry leaders. Additionally, he founded and built two publicly traded semiconductor companies. In 2000, Forbes named his company as one of the top 50 of the best run company’s in the U.S.   During that year, he was presented the Top CEO award by Morgan Stanley Ventures in Silicon Valley.  Mr. Drayer has a long philanthropic history which include twelve years of service on the Lamar University Engineering Advisory Council and Lamar University Foundation. The university acknowledged his contributions by awarding him the honor of naming the Electrical Engineering Department in his name. Additionally, in 1989 Mr. Drayer and his wife, Karen, founded and help develop the, now Internationally recognized, “Wildlife Health Center” on the Davis campus of the University of California School of Veterinary Medicine.  The center, modeled after a Silicon Valley start-up, is dedicated to educating and training veterinarians to solve wildlife and ecosystem problems throughout the globe. In recognition of their service, the university recently named the center the Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center.

Tour Dates

The 2018 – 2019 touring schedule will be updated regularly over the summer as dates are made public in each city.

Sort dates by state:

Mesa, AZ

Mesa, AZ
October 11 – 13, 2018
Mesa Arts Center

Tucson, AZ

Tucson, AZ
October 14, 2018
Fox Tucson Theatre

San Luis Obispo, CA

San Luis Obispo, CA
October 17, 2018
School shows only, go to outreach office

Santa Clarita, CA

Santa Clarita, CA
October 20, 2018
Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center
School Shows Only
Website
On Sale June 28th

Palm Desert, CA

Palm Desert, CA
October 21, 2018
McCallum Theatre

Modesto, CA

Modesto, CA
October 23, 2018
Gallo Center for the Arts


Santa Rosa, CA

Santa Rosa, CA
October 24, 2018
School show only

San Jose, CA

San Jose, CA
October 25, 2018
Hammer Theatre Center

Tickets go on sale August 1

October 27, 2018 – to be announced

To Be Announced

October 28, 2018 – to be announced

To Be Announced

Lone Tree, CO

Lone Tree, CO
November 1 – 3, 2018
Lone Tree Arts Center

Aspen, CO

College Station, TX
November 4, 2018
Wheeler Opera House
On Sale Date will be Announced Soon

Greeley, CO

Greeley, CO
November 5, 2018
Union Colony Civic Center
School Shows Only
On Sale July 31

Gillette, WY

Gillette, WY
November 8, 2018
CAM-PLEX Heritage Center Theater

Tickets on sale August 13

Ardmore, OK

Ardmore, OK
November 12, 2018
The Goddard Center

Tickets go on sale October 16, 2018 (members) and October 30, 2018 (non-members)

Midland / Odessa, TX

Midland / Odessa, TX
November 15, 2018
Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center

San Antonio, TX

San Antonio, TX
November 17, 2018
Tobin Center for the Performing Arts

Lufkin, TX

Lufkin, TX
November 18, 2018
Temple Theater

Tickets on sale August 6

November 24, 2018 – to be announced

To Be Announced

Austin, TX

Austin, TX
November 25, 2018
Long Center for the Performing Arts
Website
On Sale June 15

Galveston, TX

Galveston, TX
November 27, 2018
School shows only

Orange, TX

Orange, TX
November 28, 2018
Lutcher Theater, Inc.
School Shows Only

Tickets on sale August 6

College Station, TX

College Station, TX
November 30, 2018
Rudder Auditorium at Texas A&M University

Tickets on sale August 6

Luling, LA

Luling, LA
January 8 & 9, 2019
Lafon Arts Center
Reynolds Performance Hall, University of Central Arkansas

On sale November 6

Lafayette, LA

Lafayette, LA
January 11, 2019
Heymann Performing Arts Center

January 11, 2019 – to be announced

To Be Announced

Oxford, MS

Oxford, MS
January 14, 2019
Gertrude C Ford Center for the Performing Arts / University of Mississippi
School Shows only

Cleveland, MS

Cleveland, MS
January 15, 2019
Bologna Performing Arts Center / Delta State University
School shows only

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Fort Lauderdale, FL
January 18, 2019
Parker Playhouse

Lake Worth, FL

Lake Worth, FL
January 19, 2019
Duncan Theatre at Palm Beach State

Jacksonville, FL

Jacksonville, FL
January 20, 2019
Florida Theatre

Tickets on sale Friday, July 13

Melbourne, FL

Melbourne, FL
January 22, 2019
King Center
School shows only

Oxford, AL

Oxford, AL
January 24, 2019
Oxford Performing Arts Center
School Shows Only

On Sale 7/16

Niceville, FL

Niceville, FL
January 25, 2019
Mattie Kelly Arts Center


Single tickets on sale September 4

Newberry, SC

Newberry, SC
January 27, 2019
Newberry Opera House

Greenville, SC

Greenville, SC
January 28, 2019
Peace Center’s Gunter Theatre
School shows only

January 29, 2019 – to be announced

To Be Announced

Orono, MA

Orono, MA
February 2, 2019
Collins Center for the Arts

Bradford, PA

Bradford, PA
February 5, 2019
Bromeley Family Theater, Blaisdell Hall, University of Pittsburgh at Bradford


Tickets on sale July 1, 2018

February 7, 2019 – to be announced

To Be Announced

February 9, 2019 – to be announced

To Be Announced

Storrs, CT

Storrs, CT
February 10, 2019
Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts

Storrs, CT

Kingston, NY

Kingston, NY
February 12, 2019
Ulster Performing Arts Center
School shows only

Poughkeepsie, NY

Poughkeepsie, NY
February 13, 2019
Bardavon Theatre
School shows only

Schenectady, NY

Schenectady, NY
February 15, 2019
Proctors

Elmira, NY

Elmira, NY
February 16, 2019
Clemons Center

Tickets on sale in September

Red Bank, NJ

Red Bank, NJ
February 17, 2019
Count Basie Center for the Arts

New Haven, CT

New Haven, CT
February 18, 2019
Shubert Theatre

February 19, 2019 – to be announced

To Be Announced

Hershey, PA

Hershey, PA
February 23, 2019
Hershey Theatre

New Brunswick, NJ

New Brunswick, NJ
February 25, 2019
State Theatre New Jersey
School shows only

Great Barrington, MA

Great Barrington, MA
February 27, 2019
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
School show only

Brookville, NY

Brookville, NY
Saturday, March 2
Tilles Center for the Performing Arts at LIU Post

On Sale July 13

Fairfax, VA

Fairfax, VA
March 3, 2019
George Mason University’s Center for the Arts


Single tickets go on sale August 1, 2018

March 5, 2019 – to be announced

To Be Announced

Eau Claire, WI

Eau Claire, WI
March 8, 2019
Pablo Center at the Confluence // RCU Theatre

Tickets on sale 8/23

Madison, WI

Madison, WI
March 10, 2019
Overture Center for the Arts

On Sale August 25
Also school shows March 11

Houghton, MI

Houghton, MI
March 13, 2019
Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts and Michigan Tech
School shows only

Roscommon, MI

Roscommon, MI
March 15, 2019
Kirtland Center for the Performing Arts
School shows only

March 16, 2019 – to be announced

To Be Announced

Chatham, ON Canada

Chatham, ON Canada
March 20, 2019
Chatham Capitol Theatre

Burlington, ON Canada

Burlington, ON Canada
March 21, 2019
The Burlington Performing Arts Centre


Brampton, ON Canada

Brampton, ON Canada
March 22, 2019
School shows only

St. Catharines, ON Canada

St. Catharines, ON Canada
March 23, 2019
FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre
23 March 2019 2 + 6:30pm


Single Tickets On Sale August 28

Oakville, ON Canada

Oakville, ON Canada
March 24, 2019
Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts

Richmond Hill, ON Canada

Richmond Hill, ON Canada
March 25, 2019
Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts

Kingston, ON Canada

Kingston, ON Canada
March 27, 2019
The Grand Theatre

Ottawa, ON, Canada

Ottawa, ON, Canada
March 28, 2019
Centrepointe Theatres

Windsor, ON, Canada

Windsor, ON, Canada
March 30, 2019
St. Clair College Centre for the Arts
Tickets on sale mid-Summer

March 31, 2019 – to be announced

To Be Announced

Atlanta, GA

Atlanta, GA
April 3, 2019
Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
School shows only

Danville, KY

Danville, KY
April 5, 2019
Norton Center for the Arts

On sale August 13

April 6, 2019 – to be announced

To Be Announced

Grayslake, IL

Grayslake, IL
April 7, 2019
James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts at the College of Lake County

3-show Subscriptions on sale August 1, Single Tickets on sale August 20

Overland Park, KS

Overland Park, KS
April 10, 2019
Johnson County Community College Carlsen Center
School Shows Only

Manhattan, KS

Manhattan, KS
April 11, 2019
Kansas State University, McCain Auditorium
School Shows Only

Lawrence KS

Lawrence KS
April 12, 2019
Lied Center of Kansas

Mason City, IA

Mason City, IA
April 15, 2019
NIACC Performing Arts Center

Madisonville, KY

Madisonville, KY
April 23, 2019
Glema Mahr Center for the Arts

Tickets on sale in December

Huntsville, AL

Huntsville, AL
April 25, 2019
Broadway Theatre League / Von Braun Center

Conway, AR

Conway, AR
April 28, 2019
Reynolds Performance Hall, University of Central Arkansas

Single tickets on sale August 6

Contact

FOR BOOKING INQUIRIES

Brad Simon Organization / Brad Simon
P:  (212) 730-2132 or Email:  Brad@bsoinc.com

FOR MARKETING & SPONSORSHIPS INQUIRIES

C Major Entertainment Marketing, Inc. / Catherine Major.
P:  (206) 521-9551 or Email:  CMajor@CMajorPR.com.

FOR SHOW OPERATIONS INQUIRIES

Deborah Barr P:  (817) 521-9691 or Email  dbarr@redtailentertainment.com

Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium has been supported by Carriageworks’ IN DEVELOPMENT program.