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

CHARLIE JHAYE

Host

Recent credits include: Helia the Sun Goddess in Celebrity Cruise’s Eden, Host for Dinosaur Zoo Live, Mary in Women in Jeopardy (Cortland Rep) Sheila u/s in Hair (Midtown Arts), Pamela in Fox on the Fairway (Cortland Rep), Mathilde Loisel in Encore!(Chamber Theatre Productions), Sally Bowles in Cabaret (In the Wings & Star of the Sea), Juror 4 in 12 Angry Women (Alpha NYC), Capitan Hook in Peter/ Wendy (Alpha NYC), Broadway’s Rising Stars Concert (Broadway Summer Festival), Hedy LaRue in How to Succeed in Business (Star of The Sea) and William Shakespeare in Shakespeare Salon (The Dark Lady Players). More at CharlieJhaye.wix.com/CharlieJhaye

ADAM BOURQUE

Puppeteer

Adam is a native New Yorker and a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy where he studied Musical Theatre. Since graduating, he has been blessed to travel the world performing for all ages. By land, touring shows likeFoodplay and Mystic India The World tour; and by sea with Carnival and Celebrity Cruises. Adam loves learning new skills and forms of storytelling! While Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live isn’t his first time with a puppet, it’s proving to be a new, albeit ‘prehistoric’ challenge and adventure!

VALERIE CAMPOS

Tour Manager / Puppeteer

A Jill-of-all-trades and graduate from San Diego State University, Valerie comes from a diverse background in theatre ranging from design and technology to management.  She has previously worked with Erth and Red Tail Entertainment as Company Manager, touring with Dinosaur Zoo Live and more recently, Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure. This time, she’ll be expanding her horizons once more, as she joins the crew as a puppeteer on stage in addition to her role as the Tour Manager.

TORIN LUSEBRINK

Puppeteer/Host

Torin is from Davis, CA and moved to DC in 2016. Notably, Torin is the newest Tony Whitcomb in DC’s hilarious whodunit, Shear Madness at the Kennedy Center. He has also worked with several children’s theatre companies in DC.  He’s been teaching at Imagination Stage, working with Young Playwrights Theatre, and is part of the Creative Tools for Teaching team at the Smithsonian’s Discovery Theatre where he played Joe in Marley’s Veggie Party.  Torin participated in the 2017 Fringe Festival in which he played Matthew in Exit, Carolyn.  Additional credits prior to his time in DC include Anna Karenina, As You Like It, Trojan Woman 2.1 and The Three Musketeers.

ERYN MALAFRONTE

Puppeteer/Host

Eryn is so excited to be working with giant puppets and entertaining children again! More recently, Eryn was seen as a puppeteer for Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, DC, and a T-rex in Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo at Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival and in China.  She’s excited to be underwater again in a show that tricks kids into learning through the art of puppetry. She would like to thank her family and friends for their constant support and love through the years of having such a strange and rewarding job! Enjoy the show!

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:

Tour Dates for 2019

Tacoma, WA

Tacoma, WA
October 26, 2019
Tacoma Arts Live at the Pantages Theater

Bellingham, WA

Bellingham, WA
October 28, 2019
Mount Baker Theatre

School Shows Only

Chico, CA

Chico, CA
November 5, 2019
Laxson Auditorium at Cal State University, Chico

School Shows, On Sale to Public 8/26

Thousand Oaks, CA

Thousand Oaks, CA
November 7, 2019
Thousand Oaks Civic

School Shows Only

Lancaster, CA

Lancaster, CA
November 14, 2019
Lancaster Performing Arts Center

School shows only

Scottsdale, AZ

Scottsdale, AZ
November 16, 2019
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

Las Vegas, NV

Las Vegas, NV
November 20, 2019 (public performance)
The Smith Center

Tour Dates for 2020

Terre Haute, IN

Terre Haute, IN
February 8, 2020
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology / Hatfield Hall

On Sale 8/5

West Lafayette, IN

West Lafayette, IN
February 9, 2020
Convos, Purdue Convocations

On Sale 8/7

Bowling Green, KY

Bowling Green, KY
February 13, 2020
Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center

On Sale 12/20

Benton Harbor, MI

Benton Harbor, MI
February 15, 2020
The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College

Canton, MI

Canton, MI
February 16, 2020
The Village Theater at Cherry Hill

University Park, PA

University Park, PA
February 20, 2020
Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State / Eisenhower Auditorium

Pittsburgh, PA

Pittsburgh, PA
February 23, 2020
Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Byham Theatre

Stamford, CT

Stamford, CT
February 28, 2020
The Palace

Patchogue, NY

Patchogue, NY
February 29, 2020
Patchogue Theatre

Lake Placid, NY

Lake Placid, NY
March 3 & 4, 2020
Lake Placid Center for the Arts

Staten Island, NY

Staten Island, NY
March 7, 2020
St. George Theatre

Reading, PA

Reading, PA
March 8, 2020
Miller Center for the Arts

Bethlehem, PA

Bethlehem, PA
March 13, 2020
Zoellner Arts Center at Lehigh University

Jamestown, NY

Jamestown, NY
March 15, 2020
The RegLenna Center for the Arts

York, PA

York, PA
March 19, 2020
Appel Center for the Performing Arts

Frederick, MD

Frederick, MD
March 20, 2020
Weinberg Center for the Arts

Morristown, NJ

Morristown, NJ
March 22, 2020
Mayo Performing Arts Center

Rockville Centre, NY

Rockville Centre, NY
March 23, 2020
Madison Theatre at Molloy College

Somerset, KY

Somerset, KY
March 26, 2020
The Center for Rural Development

Virginia Beach, VA

Virginia Beach, VA
March 31, 2020
Sandler Center

School Shows Only

Greeneville, TN

Greeneville, TN
April 3, 2020
Niswonger Performing Arts Center

Saint Joseph and Collegeville, MN

Saint Joseph and Collegeville, MN
April 25, 2020

College of Saint Benedict and Saint John / Stephen B. Humphrey Theatre

Cedar Falls, IA

Cedar Falls, IA
April 26, 2020
Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center

Fayetteville, AR

Fayetteville, AR
April 28, 2020
Walton Arts Center

Cleveland, OH

Cleveland, OH
May 2, 2020
Playhouse Square

Van Wert, OH

Van Wert, OH
May 3, 2020
Niswonger Performing Arts Center of Northwest Ohio

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