There will be a mystery to be solved and lots of fun to be had when L/A Arts presents a DinoRock production, “The Great Dinosaur Mystery,” as the first live performance of the 2004-2005 season.

The hourlong show appropriate for children from pre-kindergarten through fourth grade and their teachers and families will be performed at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 22, in the Lewiston Middle School auditorium.

“The Great Dinosaur Mystery” is part of the L/A Arts’ Arts in Education program.

DinoRock presents scientific information about dinosaurs through lively musical theater, with original songs and unforgettable dinosaur characters. Award-winning songs, lovable characters and audience participation are the hallmarks of DinoRock’s repertoire, according to an L/A Arts spokesman.

“The Great Dinosaur Mystery” takes place in the basement of a natural history museum, somewhere in the United States.

“Doc” (alias Professor VanderPlaster Caster) is giving “a basement tour” to the audience about a new dinosaur exhibit, “Dinosaurs Forever.” She spies a huge box in the basement. It’s empty. Suddenly Mama Maiasaura strolls out and delivers a cryptic message for Doc from a mysterious female named Tootsie.

A very strange shoe

While the professor is trying to make sense of Mama’s message, a detective from the local police department arrives, carrying a giant shoe.

Inspector Joe Kafootsie (Special Forces, Strange Phenomena Detail) is on a serious case, trying to solve the mystery of the shoe. It seems there have been sightings of strange creatures resembling dinosaurs all over town. Someone found the shoe by the library. Could it belong to a dinosaur?

Kafootsie and the Doc form an alliance and Kafootsie deputizes the entire audience to try to understand what’s going on.

The green theme of this performance is “Extinction Stinks!”

The Great Dinosaur Mystery contains a “high level of artistry, creativity, educational values and [is] just plain fun,” according to The Discovery Theater of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington.

Seating is limited. Tickets are $3 per person. Complimentary chaperone tickets are also available, one free ticket for each group of 10 children. No other discounts will apply for this show. People may reserve tickets in advance by contacting L/A Arts at (800) 639-2919 or 782-7228; tickets may also be purchased online at www.laarts.org.


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