Prehistory in the making

During her years in the theater, Nellie Beavers has learned that bigger shows need as many as six or eight tractor-trailers to transport everything.

So when she tells colleagues how many trucks Walking with Dinosaurs requires, they're often stunned.

"We have 25 semi-trucks that carry this show," Beavers said.

That's "Walking with Dinosaurs" in a nutshell: a show that's enormous in every way. Capital District residents can catch the show that bills itself as "the arena spectacular" Wednesday to Sunday, June 17 to 21, at the Times Union Center in Albany.

The show is more than just giant dinosaurs stomping around an arena. An actor plays a paleontologist named Huxley who "takes the audience on a journey 200 million years ago," Beavers said.

But make no mistake -- the spectacle is what will leave the impression. Some fun "Walking with Dinosaurs" facts:

There are 10 large dinosaurs in the show. Each one weighs 1.6 tons, or roughly the same as a standard family car.

The adult Brachiosaurus measures 36 feet tall and 56 feet long. The young Brachiosaurus is "only" 29.5 feet tall and 48 feet long.

The Orinthocherius has a 38-foot wing span.

The touring company includes 15 cast members and 45 crew members.

It takes six to eight hours to unload all of the equipment from those 25 trucks, which means "Walking With Dinosaurs" never just rolls into a city, does a show and leaves town. Its engagements are always at least a few days long.

The tour kicked off in July 2007, and by the end of last year, it had visited 60 cities and put on more than 500 performances, selling $100 million in tickets. When "Walking with Dinosaurs" visited Philadelphia, one of the people in the crowd was Bob Belber, the general manager of the Times Union Center.

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