PITTSBURG, Kan. —
When the curtains went up at Memorial Auditorium Thursday, a pre-historic world came to life.
A 22-foot high volcano, carnivores and herbivores were center stage in a musical designed to appeal to young theater-goers.
Doug Bennett, Pittsburg State University assistant professor of communication, a crew of students created the prehistoric world as the setting for PSU Theatre's production, "The Dinosaur Musical," which continues today and Saturday.
Director Gil Cooper, an instructor in the department, described the show as "funny and smart, and one that fills a niche.
"You want a show that appeals to younger children, speaks to tweens and teens, and connects to adults," Cooper said. "After reading 'The Dinosaur Musical,' I knew this was one of those rare scripts that does all three things."
The story begins when a meteor collides with Earth and it quickly becomes apparent that unless the T-Rex King, Marcus, takes drastic measures, all the dinosaurs will become extinct. The dinosaurs sign a peace pact called the Treaty of Meat, which results in 12 years of peace between the carnivores and the herbivores. When the wise King of the Tyrannosauruses suddenly dies and his naive 13-year-old son, Quincy, rises to power, trouble begins.
In addition to a cast of 18, the production includes music directors A.J. Beau and Megan Gabehart, choreographer Olivia Towner, costume designer Lisa Quinteros and scenic designer/technical director Doug Bennett.
Want to go?
"The Dinosaur Musical" opens at 8 p.m. today and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. Saturday, at Memorial Auditorium, 503 N. Pine. Tickets are $11 for the general public and $7 for persons under 17 or over 65. PSU students, faculty and staff are free with a valid PSU photo I.D. Tickets are available at the PSU Ticket Office at 620-235-4796 or at the door starting about 30 minutes before each performance.