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Hit PBS Kids Show Dinosaur Train Live! Comes to LMC's Mendel Center

October 4, 2013

Dinosaur Train Live!

The popular Emmy® Award nominated PBS KIDS series Dinosaur Train will come to life on the stage in a big way with Dinosaur Train - Live! Buddy’s Big Adventure at the Lake Michigan College Mendel Center Mainstage in Benton Harbor on Saturday, November 9, 2013 for two shows at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.. Buddy the Dinosaur’s world will be created for this live “pre-hysterical” experience as only the Jim Henson Company can. See more details at www.DinosaurTrainLive.com.

Dinosaur Train - Live! Buddy's Big Adventure will bring the beloved stars of the hit PBS series to the stage for the first time. Kids can join Buddy, Tiny, King, Don, and more in a fun-filled, interactive and immersive live trip back in time to an age when dinosaurs roamed the earth....and rode in trains! They will be brought to life in an exciting, original, musical story created just for the stage where the audience is always a part of the action. Featuring lush projected backgrounds and vistas, magical special effects that fill the theatre, a full sized replica of the Dinosaur Train, unique hybrid puppeteered costume characters and an engaging live host, our dinosaur pals and their adventures will truly seem larger than life.

Little Buddy is a proud Tyrannosaurus Rex living happily in the Pteranodon family nest. But, what exactly makes Buddy a part of this family and just what will happen when he gets bigger and can't fit in the nest anymore? Buddy wants to know, so the Pteranodons decide to hop aboard the one and only Dinosaur Train and set off on an adventure across the Mesozoic to take Buddy to see his good friend King Cryolophosaurus. King is giving a big concert in Troodon Town and will be a great pal for Buddy to talk to and figure it all out. But, oh no, King is missing! Will Buddy and the gang be able to find him in time for his concert? Just why is King hiding anyway? And will Buddy discover what makes him special and such an important part of the Pteranodon family? Let’s all take a ride on the Dinosaur Train to find out, together!

Through interactivity, music, and laughter Dinosaur Train - Live! Buddy's Big Adventure will have kids up and dancing in the aisles.

“This will absolutely be a ‘wow’ show for kids where they can feel like they’ve been transported to Buddy’s amazing world and can go on an adventure with him and his friends. It will be chocked full of music, laughs and effects that families will love experiencing together. We hope kids will be having such a great time they won't even realize all of the science concepts they're learning!” stated Director, Producer John Tartaglia and Producer, Co-Creator Michael Shawn Lewis.

Tickets for Dinosaur Train - Live! Buddy’s Big Adventure are available by calling the LMC Mendel Center Box Office at (269) 927-1221 or visiting www.lmcmainstage.org. Special rates are available for groups of 10 or more. For information about group rates, pre-show party options, and other special arrangements, contact Mike Nadolski at (269) 927-8109 or mnadolski@lakemichigancollege.edu.   

Honor Credit Union and Off the Water are sponsoring the LMC Mendel Center performance of Dinosaur Train - Live!

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The Lake Michigan College Mendel Center is located just 40 minutes from Kalamazoo and South Bend on the Lake Michigan College Napier Avenue Campus in Benton Township, Michigan, one mile east of I-94 (Exit 30) and one mile west of the US 31 Bypass (exit 24).

The LMC Mendel Center Box Office is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and one hour before show time. Tickets may be purchased in person, by phone at (269) 927-1221, or online at www.lmcmainstage.org.

About PBS KIDS television series, Dinosaur Train:

The PBS KIDS animated television series, Dinosaur Train, created by Craig Bartlett, embraces and celebrates the fascination that preschoolers have with both dinosaurs and trains while encouraging basic scientific thinking and skills. Each episode includes animated segments with live-action sequences featuring a paleontologist who brings to life the show's natural science and natural history curriculum for preschoolers, giving specific facts about dinosaurs and comparing their features to animals of today. The series has been airing on PBS Kids since September of 2009. The Dinosaur Train television series is a big hit for young viewers; consistently ranking in the top ten children’s programs for ages 2 to 5 according to Nielsen.

About The Jim Henson Company:

The Jim Henson Company has remained an established leader in family entertainment for over 50 years and is recognized worldwide as an innovator in puppetry, animatronics and digital animation.  Best known as creators of the world famous Muppets, Henson has received over 50 Emmy Awards and nine Grammy Awards.  Recent credits include the Emmy nominated "Sid the Science Kid," and "Dinosaur Train" as well as "Wilson & Ditch: Digging America" and "Pajanimals." Features include "The Dark Crystal," "Labyrinth," "MirrorMask," and "Unstable Fables" and television productions include "Fraggle Rock" and the sci-fi cult series "Farscape." 

With additional locations in New York and London, The Jim Henson Company is headquartered in Los Angeles on the historic Charlie Chaplin lot, complete with soundstage and postproduction facilities. Independently owned and operated by the five adult children of founder Jim Henson, the Company is also home to Jim Henson's Creature Shop™, a pre-eminent character-building and visual effects group with international film, television and advertising clients, as well as Henson Recording Studios, one of the music industry's top recording facilities known for its world-class blend of state-of-the-art and vintage equipment. The Company’s Henson Alternative brand has recently  launched the national tour of "Stuffed and Unstrung," a live puppet improvisational show named one of the top 10 “Best Stage Shows” by Entertainment Weekly. Learn more at henson.com, facebook.com/hensoncompany and twitter.com/hensonparents.

 

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