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 shows throughout North America ranging from Broadway musicals to family shows, to concerts featuring internationally recognized recording artists. Red Tail has a tremendous track record of producing and presenting events in a variety of venues, including theatres, performing arts centers and arenas throughout the U.S. and Canada.   Mr. Drayer is a Texas-based entrepreneur with an interest in family entertainment; he is the lead producer of the hit interactive show Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Livewhich has successfully toured North America for four years.  Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventureis the second project between Red Tail and Erth Visual and Physical.  Red Tail is a producer of the Broadway hit A Night with Janis Joplin whose title performer, Mary Bridget Davies, was honored with a Tony Award Nomination.  And, Red Tail is a member of the producing team of the national tour of Scooby Doo Live! Musical Mysteries, and produced the arena spectaculars Do You Hear The People Sing and Cirque Musica!

Mr. Drayer has been a key player in the high technology industry for over thirty years and built two publicly traded companies.  He was named Top CEO by Morgan Stanley Ventures in Silicon Valley in 2000, and his second company was named one of Forbes Top 50 Best Run Companies in the U.S.  Mr. Drayer’s philanthropic endeavors include twelve years of service on the Lamar University Foundation and the Engineering Advisory Council. The electrical engineering department at Lamar University bears his name.

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

October 26, 2018 – to be announced

To Be Announced

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

Tickets on sale July 16

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

Tour dates for 2019 will be added in coming weeks!

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.