For immediate release: 10/17/96
Contact: Diane Turner,
Luckman Fine Arts Complex
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.