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Dinosaurus!

Dinosaurus! Kids Stage Show at Henry Ford College, Dearborn

Christina Clark Metro Parent October 27, 2014: Online

When the T. rex sneezes, you'd better stand clear! Your pint-sized paleontologists will definitely be blown away by this cool chance to get up close and personal with all their favorite dinos. It's all part of the family-friendly 4-D show Dinosaurus! hitting the stage of the Adray Auditorium on the main campus of Henry Ford College on weekends from Nov. 1 through 23, 2014.

Dinosaurus!

Sarah Crown Animation World October 25, 2014: Online

Joanna Uhrig won’t even break a sweat as her massive character moves across the stage in Dinosaurus!, a children’s play opening this weekend at Henry Ford College in Dearborn, Michigan.

The Westland woman likely will be in the audience, hearing her voice, watching her moves and wearing 3-D glasses that will help bring her animated dinosaur character to life as it interacts with two live actors on stage.

Henry Ford Community College VTL Hosts Screen Actors Guild Workshop

Gerry Dobson HFCC Mirror News February 2011: Online

Henry Ford Community College’s Virtual Theatricality Lab (VTL) is right in sync with recent entertainment pop cultural phenomena such as 3D stereo, Motion Capture, and the mass marketing of 3D televisions.

Henry Ford College Turns to Vicon for Live Show, Dinosaurus!

Jenny Hunt Vicon Press Oct. 31, 2014: Online

Reliability of Vicon motion capture technologies helps Henry Ford College's Virtual Theatricality Lab enhance the audience experience of its live stage performances

Vicon, the motion capture technology specialist for the life science, engineering and entertainment industries today announced that their mocap technology was used to create a dancing dinosaur for the live-action show, Dinosaurus! at Henry Ford Community College's Virtual Theatricality Lab (VTL). The family show runs from November 1 – 23, 2014.

Amazing Dinosaurus!

Bridgette Redmon Encore Michigan January 23, 2014: Online

Beginning Nov. 1, Henry Ford College's Virtual Theatricality Lab will immerse you and your family in a 3-D environment, complete with a 20-foot-tall Trex with the live children's stage play, Dinosaurus! Two sets of performances will be offered: one for the general public and one for elementary schools.

HFCC Combines Theater and Technology for Dinosaurus!

Terry Lakins The Dearborn Press and Guide April 2, 2014: p 2B

Henry Ford Community College’s Virtual Theatricality Lab may redefine live theatrical performances with its production of stage play “Dinosaurus!”

The Theatricality Lab uses live virtual characters and scenery and combines them with stage actors.

“It’s like when 3-D first appeared or when sound first came out,” said George Popovich, director of Theater Arts and Director of the Virtual Theatricality Lab. “It’s a new modality of presentation.”

“Dinosaurus!” will begin showing in November.

Bodies In Motion At HFCC

Patrick Pepper Times Herald Newspapers Oct 1, 2008: p3A

In a quiet corner on the campus of Henry Ford Community College, a small group of teachers and students are working to create a new, high tech medium for live theatrical performance. Part Hollywood special effect, part traditional stagecraft, HFCC’s Virtual Theatricality Lab is the marriage of technology and performance art in a way that never has been done before.

Vicon Tapped to Create Dancing Dinosaur for Live Stage Show

Jennifer Wolfe Animation World November 18, 2014: Online

Vicon, the motion capture technology specialist for the life science, engineering and entertainment industries announced that their mocap technology was used to create a dancing dinosaur for the live-action show, Dinosaurus! at Henry Ford Community College's Virtual Theatricality Lab (VTL). The family show runs from November 1 – 23, 2014.

Everybody Walk The Dinosaur At Henry Ford College

John Quinn Encore Michigan November 14, 2015: Online

A T-rex sneezed on us.

Granted, the press release for Dinosaurus! described an "immersive environment," but I didn't know that meant immersion in dino snot. The children around me giggled "Eww!" The Critic, securely in his second childhood and confident that there are artistic directors who dream of seeing him immersed in more toxic substances, judged "no harm, no foul."

Dinosaurus!

Bridgette Redmon Encore Michigan October 23, 2014: Online

Dinosaurs! is a show designed to be unlike anything you've seen before.

It takes virtual reality and adds in live actors to create virtual theatricality.

It takes three dimension and adds in additional sensual experiences to make it 4D.

The story itself takes you below the surface of the earth to where two humans stumble upon a lost colony of dinosaurs while looking for oil.

Dinosaurs Taking Over HFC Stage

Jodi Rempela Dearborn Press and Guide November 3, 2014: pp. 4-5

The day has finally arrived. After months of preparing and hard work, the theater team and Virtual Theatricality Lab from Henry Ford College has staged the long-awaited, Dinosaurus!.

Shows began Nov. 1 and continue through the 23rd.

This 3-D, and sometimes 4-D, family-friendly play features a 20-foot tall Tyrannosaurus Rex (T-Rex) and will be on stage at the Adray Auditorium, located in the MacKenzie Fine Arts Center at HFC, 5101 Evergreen Road.

The Theatricality Lab uses virtual characters and scenery and combines them with real stage actors.

Virtual 20-Foot Dinosaurs To Be Part Of HFC Theater Production

Matt Roush CBS Detroit January 31, 2014: Online

Theater technology is taking its next step at Henry Ford College.

This fall, HFCCs groundbreaking, award-winning Virtual Theatricality Lab will stage Dinosaurus!, a children’s play about two oil engineers who find a surviving colony of dinosaurs. The play features a 20-foot-tall Tyrannosaurus rex, created by projectors, as well as a host of other images projected onto the stage, with which live actors interact.

Dancing Dinosaurs

Selma, Roderick Computer Graphics World November 2014: Online

Vicon’s motion-capture technology was used to create a dancing dinosaur for the live-action show Dinosaurus! at Henry Ford College's Virtual Theatricality Lab (VTL). The family show runs through November 23.

The VTL Sells Out Shows!

Lawyer, Mark The Mirror News September 2015: p. 7

There is a certain magic churning behind the scenes at HFC. It lies in the last door on the right in the northern corner of the Fine Arts Building. You have to go past the Sisson art gallery and the Pewabic pottery drinking fountain to find it. This is the VTL, or The Virtual Theatricality Lab, which offers students a niche for technology to excel and create a product that audiences will always remember. All of this has been made possible by Dr. George Popovich, the head of the program, and Alan Contino, a motion capture technician.

From Vintage Films to National Awards: Meet the Director Behind Theatre’s New Cutting Edge Technology

Mark Lawyer

If you’re ever in Henry Ford College’s Virtual Theatricality Lab, you’ll find yourself surrounded by a lot of intricate technology that costs much more than the average college education. Above is an aluminum cage-like contraption with attached lighting fixtures. Huge green screens cover the wall and expensive looking projectors are on the racks. I try not to break anything as I look around.

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Written by: Edward Mast
Directed by: Dr. George Popovich
Nov 1-30 2014

Cast and Crew

Cast of Characters

The Dinosaurs
Hark (Hadrosaur): Joanna Graham
Point (Pterodactyl): Gerry Dzublinski
Turtle (Dimitrodon): Diana Galante
KingKing (Tyrannosaurus Rex): Mike Cochran
Spike (Triceratops): Carolyn Cajas
Big (Brontosaurus): Diana Galante
ZooZoo (Hadrosaur): Carolyn Cajas
Tall (Hardrosaur): Kevin Talanges

The Humans
Peek: Michael Cochran
Bunk: Gerry Dzublinski, Matt Van Houten
The Professor: Gerry Dzublinski, Matt Van Houten
Dino Dancers: Anita Hosley-Banks, Roderick Taylor, Starsha Varner
Social Science, Art and Fitness Division
Associate Dean: Randall Knight
Academic Coordinators: E. Alan Contino
Administrative Assistants: Tom Berryman, Linda Prisza
Director of Theatre: Dr. George Popovich
Director of The Virtual Theatricality Lab: Dr. George Popovich
Theatre Faculty: Mary Bremer-Beer, Christopher Bremer, Gerry Dzublinski, Judy Fletcher, Gary Glaser, Dr. George Popovich Theatre and Virtual Theatricality Lab Support Staff: E. Alan Contino, Scott Ross, Michael Cochran, Edwin Bawal

Artistic Staff
Director: Dr. George Popovich
Director of Photography: E. Alan Contino
Digital Designer and Animator: Christopher Dozier
Stage Scenic Designer: Gerry Dzublinski
Costume Designer: Judith Fletcher
Lighting Designer: Scott Ross
Composer: Anthony Lai
Sound Designers: Anthony Lai and Joe Giese
4D Effects Design: Dr. George Popovich
ZooZoo (Hadrosaur) Motion Capture Finale Dance Choreography: Alenna Mae Brown Live Action Dance Finale Choreography: Anita Hosley-Banks

Production Staff

Stage Manager: Reba Neely
VTL Systems Engineer: E. Alan Contino
Digital Systems Technical Director: Edwin Bawal
Traditional Stage Technical Director: Gerry Dzublinski
Carpenters: Chris Bremer, Gerry Dzublinski, Deron Porter, Michael Ross, Anita Holsey-Banks Scenic Artist: Gerry Dzublinski
Scenic Painters: Gerry Dzublinski, Anita Holsey-Banks, Reeba Neely, Michael Ross, Dominique Hurt, Erin Griffin, Josh Neilson, Josh Cliff, James Hagwood, Christian Bruce, Starsha Varner, Venita Carter, Kleopatra Fero
Master Electrician: Scott Ross
Costumes: Judy Fletcher
Sound Engineer: E. Alan Contino

Production Crew
Assistant Stage Manager: Quevie Wells
Master Carpenter: Christopher Bremer
Electricians: Christopher Bremer, Matt Van Houten, Michael Ross, William Stubbelfield Props: Gerry Dzublinkski, Venieta Carter, Josh Cliff, Pete Agar.
Costumes: Quieve Wells
Lighting: Anita Holsey-Banks, Erin Griffin
Poster and Program Design: Ashleigh Martin
Printing: Ken Donovan
Publicity: Dr. George Popovich, Gary Erwin, Mike Cochran, The Cast and Crew

Running Crew
Live Imaging System Operators: E. Alan Contino, Edwin Bawal, Deron Porter, Muhammad Abduljammi Remote Camera Operators: Muhammad Abduljami
Live Projection Technicians: Muhammad Abduljami, William Stubblefield
Sound Board Operators: Roger Taylor
Light Board Operators: Anita Holsey-Banks
Props: Ali Doppke, Mike Ross
Wardbrobe: Quieve Wells
Furry Ticklers: Michael Ross, Megan Oliver, Matt Van Houten, Erin Griffin
Fog/Wind: Michael Ross, Pete Agar, William Stubbefield, Erin Griffin, Ali Dopke
Scenery Shift: Michael Ross, Matt Van Houten
Sneeze Crew: Ali Dopke, Pete Agar,Muhammad Abduljami, Matt Van Houten Quick Change: Quieve Wells

Box Office
House Manager: Megan Oliver
Usher: Megan Oliver