Walking With Dinosaurs: Kids’ Half Price Tickets

Walking With Dinosaurs: T-Rex mama and baby.
Walking With Dinosaurs: T-Rex mama and baby.

Walk this way for a monster-sized offer - we’re giving children, aged 15 and under, the chance to see Walking with Dinosaurs the Arena Spectacular for half price!

Collect two of the three tokens in The Star. We’re printing one very day from Thursday to Saturday, March 21 to 23.

Attach them to the coupon in The Star, which we are printing on Friday, March 22.

You need at least one token published in the paper. But your other can be a web token, which you will find attached to the coupon and available on our link below.

Open the link and print the coupon with token attached, or download it and print. Turn of any fit to page instructions and print in colour or black and white. Attach a token from in paper and you can claim the offer.

Hand in your completed coupon when you buy tickets to get this offer – only available in person at the box office at Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena. The Show runs March 28 to April 1.

Terms and conditions: Offer is valid on £35 price band, as long as at least one adult ticket is in the booking. Children aged 15 and under. No limit on how many kids’ half price tickets can be purchased with each adult ticket. Valid all shows except Thurs 7pm, Sat 3pm & Sun 3pm. Offer is not valid on tickets already purchased and is subject to availability.

WEB TOKEN: Get your Walking With Dinosaurs web token and coupon now - CLICK HERE.

The Star’s Julia Armstrong has been taking a look at the clever creature creators who make the dinosaurs walk again.

Dinosaurs are walking among us once more next weekend!

Walking with Dinosaurs - The Arena Spectacular is coming to the Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield.

Designer Sonny Tilders answers questions about how the team create the realistic-looking creatures in the show.

Q: How long did it take to create the dinosaurs that feature in the show?

A: It took a team of 50 talented and experienced artists, scientists and technicians – including engineers, fabricators, skin makers, artists and painters, and animatronic experts – one year to build the original production. Not surprising when you think that the Brachiosaurus that features in the show is 36 feet tall, and 56 feet from nose to tail.

Q: Which dinosaurs can audiences expect to see in the show?

A: Ten species are represented from the entire 200 million-year reign of the dinosaurs. The show includes the Tyrannosaurus Rex, the terror of the ancient terrain, as well as the Plateosaurus and Liliensternus from the Triassic period, the Stegosaurus and Allosaurus from the Jurassic period and Torosaurus and Utahraptor from the awesome Cretaceous period and the Brachiosaurus.

Q: How does creating the creatures for a live show differ from the techniques and technologies used in film?

A: Many of the technologies we are using on Walking with Dinosaurs – The Arena Spectacular are borrowed from film. The computer software and hardware we have developed is based on the systems used to control animatronic creatures in feature films.

Q: How do they appear so lifelike? What’s your secret?

A: We use a system called ‘ muscle bags’. That’s what gives these creatures their authenticity and makes the audience feel they’re watching flesh and blood, weighing six, eight or even 20 tons, come to life in front of their eyes.

The muscle bags are made from stretch mesh fabric and filled with polystyrene balls, stretched across moving points on the body. These contract and stretch in the same manner that muscle, fat, and skin does on real creatures.

Q: How are these muscle bags controlled?

A: The puppeteers use ‘voodoo rigs’ to make many of the dinosaurs move. They are miniature versions of the dinosaurs with the same joints and range of movement as their life-sized counterparts.

The puppeteer manipulates the voodoo rig and these actions are interpreted by computer and transmitted by radio waves to make the hydraulic cylinders in the actual dinosaur replicate the action, with a driver hidden below the animal, helping to manoeuvre it around the arena.

Q: Besides Walking with Dinosaurs, where else might people have seen your work?

A: I was one of the lead animatronic engineers for Jim Henson’s Creature workshop on the Farscape series, followed by work on Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, Peter Pan, Ghost Rider and The Chronicles of Narnia.

I also recently designed the creatures for the Global Creatures and Dreamworks production, How To Train Your Dragon Arena Spectacular.

Q: After Walking with Dinosaurs – The Arena Spectacular, what other projects are you involved with?

A: I am working on the design for the lead character in the upcoming stage production of King Kong from Global Creatures.

Walking with Dinosaurs is at the Motorpoint Arena from next Thursday (March 28) to Monday, April 1.

VIDEO: To see the baby T-rex in action on a recent visit to Sheffield’s Meadowhall shopping centre - CLICK HERE.

* Tickets are from £25, with £105 family tickets - booking fee may apply. Call 0114 256 5656 or buy at www.motorpointarenasheffield.co.uk or www.arenaticketshop.co.uk.

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