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The Dinosaur Show

The Dinosaur Show
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By Paul Mesner Puppets of Kansas City, MO
2012-13 Family Series

July 17 - 29, 2012
Mainstage Theater

•Tues-Fri: 10am & 12pm
•Sat: 11am, 1pm, & 3pm
•Sun: 1pm & 3pm

Two daring paleontologists set out to recover bones deep in a desert canyon. Watch as they turn back the clock to the Precambrian era to discover how dinosaurs came to rule the earth.  Paul Mesner Puppets digs into the past to bring the dinosaurs to life, using hand, rod, shadow and body puppets in a prehistoric tale. The play explains scientific facts of how dinosaurs became extinct and includes a few whimsical and improbable theories. No bones about it – The Dinosaur Show will tickle your funny-fossil and stimulate your imagination!

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Puppetry Style:
Rod, Shadow, Hand, Body

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Behind the Scenes of
The Dinosaur Show

About the Style of Puppetry
The Dinosaur Show is performed with rod puppets. Rod puppets are figures supported by sticks, or rods. A main control rod supports the weight of the puppet’s body and extends directly into its head. Turning this rod makes the puppet’s head turn. Rods attached to each hand, usually made of heavy wire, control the movement of the arms.

About the Company
Paul Mesner Puppets, Inc., founded by Paul Mesner in 1987, is a not-for-profit company located in a rehabilitated inner-city warehouse in Kansas City, Missouri. The company presents a full season in Kansas City and travels nationally to participate in residencies, festivals and workshops, reaching more than 100,000 children and adults annually. The company’s lively performances present classic stories recast in contemporary terms. Audiences across the United States have delighted in the precise craftsmanship, dynamic presentation and joyful blending of humor and education in all of his productions. Paul Mesner believes wholeheartedly in entertaining his audiences and doesn’t mind including deeper meanings and life-lessons when no one is looking. The company has received three UNIMA-USA Citations for Excellence in Puppetry for Sleeping Beauty, Wiley & the Hairy Man and The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs.

About the Performers
While growing up, Mike Horner and his sister enjoyed touring with their puppet shows. They would drive down the hallway to the living room, set up, perform, and then pack up and drive back, all before nap time. Mike continues to enjoy touring as a puppeteer (albeit without his sister). As Associate Artistic Director at the Paul Mesner Puppets, Mike performs, builds and assists in all aspects of creating puppet theater for the company’s season shows and touring productions. Mike enjoys bike riding, swimming, and playing quirky instruments.

Gabby Baculi wears many hats at the Paul Mesner Puppets. He is the principal costume designer and has designed and constructed costumes for Hansel and Gretel, Blueberries for Sal, some of the puppets in The Nativity and for Martha Speaks. When he is not designing and making costumes, he is a puppeteer in The Long Story at Corinthian Hall, Anansi Returns, The Stinky Cheese Man, The Daddy Mountain and Bark, George.

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