For immediate release: 10/17/96

Contact: Diane Turner,
Marketing Coordinator,
Luckman Fine Arts Complex
(323) 343-6610

Doctor Dinosaur Opens Season Of Performances For Families At Luckman Fine Arts Complex October 20

Los Angeles, CA -- October 17, 1996 -- The Harriet and Charles Luckman Fine Arts Complex at Cal State L.A. will launch its family series in a really big way on October 20 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. with the musical play Doctor Dinosaur, presented by the nationally-acclaimed Dinorock Productions.

In this irresistibly funny show, the leading paleontologist, Dr. Vanderplastercaster, is planning a Saturday morning TV show dinosaurs when the dinosaurs themselves join in the fun. Stella Stegosaurus, Dinah Diplodocus, the Hadrosaur from Hackensack and others - all huge dinosaur puppets - sing, dance, and provide scientific information and just plain fun for the whole family.

Dinorock Productions had its beginnings in 1981 when award-winning children's songwriter Michele Valeri was asked to compose songs about dinosaurs for the opening gala of the new Dinosaur Hall at the Smithsonian Institution's Natural History Museum. This was followed by the award-winning children's recording Dinosaur Rock created by Valeri and Michael Stein, a fiddler and yodeler with the U.S. Navy's bluegrass band Country Current.

In 1984, Valeri and Stein collaborated with puppeteer Ingrid Crepeau to create a stage version of Dinosaur Rock by special request of the Smithsonian Institution's theater for young audiences, Discovery Theater. The overwhelming success of the show led to the creation of Dinorock Productions and a succession of highly acclaimed dinosaur-based shows including The Great Dinosaur Mystery, Dinosaur Babies, and now Doctor Dinosaur.

Although the company has crisscrossed the country, playing in theaters from The Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Tampa Bay performing Arts Center in Florida, The Ann Arbor Summer Festival in Michigan, to the Hult Center in Eugene, Ore., this will be their first and possibly last visit to the Los Angeles area as the company plans to modify their technically and physically demanding tour schedule at the end of the current season.

The Luckman Family Series of performances will continue with Kinnara Taiko on Saturday, January 11 at 2 p.m.; The Velveteen Rabbit on Saturday, March 22 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.; and the Anderson Quartet on Saturday, May 3 at 2 p.m.

Ticket prices are $7 performance. To order tickets by telephone call TicketMaster at (213) 480-3232, (714) 740-2000 or (805) 583-8700. Luckman box-office hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information or a Luckman season brochure, call (323) 343-6610. Access the Luckman Fine Arts Complex through Cal State L.A.'s home page /sites/default/files/._

Luckman Theatre, part of the Harriet and Charles Luckman Fine Arts Complex, is noted for its integrity in bringing innovative dance, music and theatre to Southern California. The Complex is located at the Eastern Avenue exit of the I-10 (San Bernardino) freeway, on the campus of California State University, Los Angeles. Luckman's beautiful red brick structure houses a performing arts theatre and fine arts gallery, now in their third season. Luckman Fine Arts Gallery - free to the public - is open one hour prior to each theatre performance and Monday through Thursday and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m.

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