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The Arena Spectacular

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Columbia, South Carolina

October 2010

We saw the previews of the live show on PBS and bought tickets to the show that weekend.  We were wowed by the "Live" dinosaur theater with superior animatronics and some humans in costumes, superbly scary and professionally done!


The menacing set of teeth filled the end of the stage, as a precursor of what was to come!  A narrator paleontologist led us through history.

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In the lobby was a hilarious Program-seller in a Dinosaur costume

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Liliensternus babies hatching from eggs, in the center of the stage

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Followed by the mother Liliensternus checking on the hatching eggs

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The narrator began the story of time, leading up to the entrance of dinosaurs on the earthly scene.  The inflatable vegetation lit up with a real wow factor

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Stegosaurus enters the scene

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Huge T-Rex makes a scary entrance!

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T-Rex meets Stegosaurus

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Gigantic Brachiosaurus, the head towering near the ceiling, enters gracefully

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And Tyrannosaurus Rex enters as a threat to the mama & baby Brachiosaurus

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You can see the dinosaurs also on the huge screens on either side too

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And the lights change constantly to keep the scene in darkness, blue, or bright lights

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A flying Ornithocheirus with a huge movie screen makes it seem like it's really flying over ocean and land

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Three Utahraptors enter the scene, trouble!

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You can see the legs of the person that directs the raptor dinosaur costume

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The vegetation is getting more lush, a beautiful sight!

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Torosaurus enters the scene

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Two of the Toprosaurus face off here!

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Ankylosaurus ambles onstage, note the weapon at the end of its tail!

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Both Torosaurus and Ankylosaurus in one scene

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More color changes as Triceratops moves across the stage

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Baby T-Rex and Ankylosaurus meet.  The Baby teases the adult, until mama enters to "protect" her baby

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Enter fearsome Mama T-Rex!  She is NOT happy

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Baby is "safe" so mama and baby nuzzle noses, an "awww" moment

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The dramatic ending shows the crashing of a huge meteorite on earth, effectively ending the Era of the Dinosaurs

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Some great Americana near downtown Columbia.  A giant fire hydrant and tromp l'oeiel tunnel

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