There were plenty of enthusiastic screams and roars when the baby Tyrannosaurus rex sprinted onto the floor at Intrust Bank Arena this morning during a news conference.
The noise came mostly from about 60 second-graders from Wichita Collegiate who had been invited to attend the sneak peak highlighting "Walking With Dinosaurs," a spectacle that brings dinosaurs to life. Tickets went on sale today for the April 21-25 show.
Some students reached out to touch the baby T. rex's face.
The news conference drew not only the students but local county officials who were excited about the potential of a show like "Walking With Dinosaurs."
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"This is unlike anything we've ever had in Sedgwick County," said Sedgwick County Commissioner Tim Norton. "The creativity and imagination that goes with this show is the best. ... It is an opportunity to see the history of the world played out in front of your eyes."
The $20 million show depicts the dinosaurs' evolution with puppetry and animatronics, said Chris Presson, the arena's general manager. Some of the dinosaurs will weigh between 1 and 1.5 tons. The largest represented will be the brachiosaurus, which will be 36 feet tall and 56 feet long.
Tickets are available at the Intrust Bank Arena box office and all Select-A-Seat outlets. For more information, call 316-755-SEAT or go online to www.selectaseat.com.