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'Dinosaur Train' stops at MSH

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 by ELIZABETH OUELLETTE Special to The Press in Focus

The Dinosaur Train steams into the Lehigh Valley with "Dinosaur Train Live, Buddy's Big Adventure," 7 p.m. Jan. 24, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown.

The beloved children's production company, the Jim Henson Company, has brought the popular PBS television show, "Dinosaur Train," to life in a multimedia, live-music extravaganza.

The whole gang, Buddy, Tiny, Shiny Don, Giant Laura and all their friends, will be there. Parents and children alike are expected to be dancing in the aisles as the fantastical hybrid walk-around puppeteer characters take the stage in this larger than life production.

"Dinosaur Train" is an animated TV series created by Craig Bartlett of "Sid the Science Kid" that has enjoyed a wildly successful run on Public Broadcasting as part of the network's children's schedule since 2009.

The TV series features Buddy, a curious young Tyrannosaurus Rex, who, with his adopted Pteranodon family, rides the Dinosaur Train, exploring his world and having adventures of all kinds with all kinds of dinosaurs.

A full-size replica of the Dinosaur Train, along with the Conductor and a human paleontologist, teach and amuse for an evening of smiles, laughter and song. In this engaging story, the audience is part of the action. Fairy tale-like special effects fill the theater, while music and lights enchant children in a surround sound of fun.

Miller Symphony Hall is known for bringing quality arts performances and cultural education to the Lehigh Valley through shows for grown-ups and children alike and "Dinosaur Train Live" is no exception.

The show, directed by Jon Tartaglia, is part of a 60-city tour bringing these lovable characters to entertain and educate children.