Two truckloads of eight life-sized dinosaurs — including a 43-foot-tall T-Rex, arrived at the Texas Ampitheatre on Monday in preparation for their starring roles in the "Land of the Dinosaurs" live-action dinosaur musical opening May 27.
The dinosaurs, which have steel skeletons and polyurethane skins, had to be removed from the trucks with a forklift and gently moved into the ampitheatre. Their heads and tails were wrapped in plastic for protection.
Billings Productions in McKinney manufactures the dinosaurs. Trey Billings said the company makes about 75 different species for a total of 100 dinosaurs. They are shipped all over the world for shows.
Now that the dinosaurs have arrived, the next step will be to finish building sets, which will include a smoking volcano and prehistoric cave.
Four T-Rexes will star in the show — the full-sized adult, a half-size juvenile, a baby T-Rex and a costume version.
The musical uses a combination of life-like animatronic dinosaurs, human-size puppets, live actors and a musical score to tell a story about family relationships. It's fast-paced and full of action.
The musical will be in Glen Rose for a three-month limited engagement from May 27 to Aug. 21. Shows will run every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. General admission is $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and students and $15 for children. Reserved and premium reserved seating also is available.
Those who become a member of Fossil Rim Wildlife Center can receive a free ticket with a paying adult all season.
For tickets and more information, call 346-6526 or visit www.landofthedinosaurs.com.