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April 7: Explore the ocean bottom in Erth’s 'Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure' at JLC

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Mar 19, 2019

The creators of Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live want to take your family on an all new adventure – this time, to the bottom of the ocean. Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure comes to the Mainstage Theatre of the James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts on the College of Lake County’s Grayslake Campus on Sunday, April 7 at 3 p.m.

Produced by Erth Visual & Physical, Inc. and Red Tail Entertainment, this immersive experience invites audience members to jump in and explore unknown ocean depths where prehistoric marine reptiles lived eons ago ‒ and maybe live still today. Erth shows are fantastic family entertainment, using actors, technology, puppets, science and imagination to create an amazing visual experience that connects young audiences to the real science of paleontology.

Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure was created in Australia by Erth Visual & Physical, who spent years scouring the seven seas, collecting playful prehistoric marine reptiles for their giant theatrical aquarium. The show explores the unknown ocean Photo of simulated fish at Erth's Prehistoric Aquarium Adventuredepths, unlocking the mystery of the dinosaurs of the deep. Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure follows the enormously successful Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live, which introduced a menagerie of insects, mammals and dinosaurs which roamed the planet 65 million years ago. Both shows feature a large-scale cast of creatures brought to life by sophisticated design, theatrical presentation and puppet mastery. Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure is a simulated adventure taking place at the bottom of the ocean; the audience experience is enriched via immersive techniques that make them feel as though they are sometimes swimming with the creatures in the tank.

Photo: An anglerfish is one of many creatures depicted in Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure, scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday, April 7 in the Mainstage Theatre.

Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure and Dinosaur Zoo Live are produced in the North America by Red Tail Entertainment; the Erth/Red Tail collaboration is dedicated to offering entertaining family shows that are based in the real science of paleontology. Children can watch and learn, while interacting with the creatures in a fun, educational and unique presentation. Erth shows use actors, technology, puppets, science and imagination to create an amazing visual experience that connects young audiences to science. For more information, visit

Erth Visual & Physical, Inc. is a company fueled by a team of creators, makers and performers, pushing the limits of design, content and experience. For over 25 years, Erth’s puppetry-based theatrical productions and innovative community projects have challenged and inspired audiences across the world, driven by a special interest in natural history, indigenous folklore, sociology and urban mythology. Today, the company is recognized internationally as an innovator of physical and visual theatre, and a creator of brave, unbridled work for children. Erth’s work tours year-round internationally, has been featured in all major Australian arts festivals, and has appeared at international events including the Sydney Olympic Games Opening Ceremony, Hong Kong Fringe, Galway Arts Festival (Ireland), and the Stockton International Riverside Festival (U.K.). Other events include the Singapore Arts Festival, the Festival of Arts & Ideas (U.S.), Shanghai World Expo, the opening of the Mall of Qatar (U.A.E.), and the Hampyeong Butterfly Festival (South Korea).

Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure is written and directed by Scott Wright, co-founder of Erth Visual and Physical Inc. and its Artistic Director since inception in 1990. He trained as a dancer and choreographer in Victoria in southeast Australia, and is a multi-skilled artist incorporating puppetry (one of his greatest loves), movement, acting, aerial, stilts and pyrotechnics. Currently he is working with renowned Italian director Chiara Guidi having just finished production on Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium. Scott has also produced work based upon the last thylacine (the largest known carnivorous marsupial of modern times) kept in Australian captivity. Some of Scott’s personal interests include the survival of indigenous folklore, exploring how ancient stories can be retrieved and presented to new audiences, work which has taken him into remote communities throughout Australia. He is also fiercely active in making work that is inclusive for children with and/or without disability but also making work with adults with disability as collaborators.

Tickets: $42 for adults; $41 for seniors, CLC staff and alumni; $15 for students and teens; and $12 for children. Prices do not include an additional $2 per ticket facility fee. A special VIP ticket is also available for $25, in addition to the show ticket. VIP ticketholders will be invited into the theatre for a special one-on-one photo opportunity with the puppeteers and a large marine reptile.

The JLC Box Office is located on the Grayslake Campus, Room P112, and is open Monday-Friday, noon-5 p.m. Call (847) 543-2300 (option 5). To purchase tickets online, learn more about the JLC season and group discounts for six or more, visit To request the 2018-19 James Lumber Center Professional Series brochure or the College of Lake County art, dance, film, literary, music and theatre events guide, call (847) 543-2300.

The remainder of the 2018-19 JLC Professional Series includes the following final event:

Jack Wright’s Songs and Stories of Neil Diamond: A Contemporary Tribute: Saturday, May 4

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