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Dinosaur puppets offer realistic thrill for children

Sharon Kerr, executive director and co-founder of  ERTH Visual & Physical, producers of “Dinosaur Petting Zoo” cradles a baby “dinosaur” during a presentation. The Petting Zoo will be at The Egg on Saturday. (Photo courtesy of ERTH Visual & Physical Inc.)
Sharon Kerr, executive director and co-founder of ERTH Visual & Physical, producers of “Dinosaur Petting Zoo” cradles a baby “dinosaur” during a presentation. The Petting Zoo will be at The Egg on Saturday. (Photo courtesy of ERTH Visual & Physical Inc.)
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In the four-plus years that Australian theater and puppetry group Erth Visual & Physical has been touring with the interactive Dinosaur Petting Zoo show, artistic director Scott Wright has encountered plenty of frightened children in the audience — and hysterical parents. “There’s something we’ve found where adults kind of find it funny to see children terrified,” Wright said recently, while on a vacation from creating the long-extinct denizens of the Dinosaur Petting Zoo in New ...

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