Glen Rose may have once belonged to extinct dinosaurs, but two men are hoping to return the ancient creatures to the city with their production "Land of the Dinosaurs."
The program, which is being presented by co-owner and treasurer Mike Dooley, has been introduced to several government entities including Somervell County commissioners, the Glen Rose City Council and the 4-B Economic Development Corporation.
Dooley and his business partner returned to the 4-B Jan. 4 to present more information and request $80,000 in financial assistance to launch the program. Dooley reported that the script for "Land of the Dinosaurs" was 67 percent complete and opening night is tentatively scheduled for May. The production would ensue for 51 nights throughout the summer.
"It's a real opportunity for us and we are excited," Dooley said. "It took us about two years to get to this point."
The production would use animatronic dinosaurs to tell a story about the local land. The dinosaurs are manufactured by Billings Production company, which is moving its offices to be closer to the show's site.
"With Billings moving here it gives us a leg up," Dooley said. "The technicians will live here in Glen Rose."
Dooley said the budget for the first year is $372,000.
"We feel with our production we need to be reasonably conservative," Dooley said.
The meeting was a public hearing for questions and specifications and no vote was taken on the matter. The 4-B is expected to discuss the issue again at its February meeting.