RED TAIL ENTERTAINMENT AND ERTH VISUAL & PHYSICAL
ANNOUNCE A NEW SHOW AND NATIONAL TOUR
THIS TIME, THE CREATOR’S OF ERTH’S DINOSAUR ZOO LIVE
WANT TO TAKE YOU TO THE BOTTOM OF THE OCEAN
(For Immediate Release)
Erth Visual & Physical, Inc. and Red Tail Entertainment are pleased to announce that their new family show Erth’s PREHISTORIC AQUARIUM ADVENTURE will tour North America extensively in late 2018 and 2019.
Erth’s PREHISTORIC AQUARIUM ADVENTURE is created in Australia by Erth Visual & Physical, who spent years scouring the seven seas, collecting playful prehistoric creatures of the deep for their giant theatrical aquarium. This show explores the unknown ocean depths where prehistoric marine reptiles lived eons ago. PREHISTORIC AQUARIUM ADVENTURE follows the enormously successful ERTH’S DINOSAUR ZOO LIVE, which introduced a menagerie of insects, mammals and dinosaurs which roamed the planet 65 million years ago. Both shows feature a large-scale cast of creatures brought to life by sophisticated design, theatrical presentation and puppet mastery. PREHISTORIC AQUARIUM is a real adventure taking place at the bottom of the ocean; the audience experience is enriched via immersive techniques that make them feel as though they are sometimes swimming with the creatures in the tank.
Erth’s PREHISTORIC AQUARIUM ADVENTURE and DINOSAUR ZOO LIVE are produced in the North America by Red Tail Entertainment; the Erth/Red Tail collaboration is dedicated to offering entertaining family shows that are based in the real science of paleontology. Children can watch and learn, while interacting with the creatures in a fun, educational and unique presentation. Erth shows use actors, technology, puppets, science and imagination to create an amazing visual experience that connects young audiences to science.
Erth Visual & Physical, Inc. is a company fueled by beautiful accidents; they are a team of creators, makers and performers, pushing the limits of design, content and experience. For over twenty-five years Erth’s puppetry-based theatrical productions and innovative community projects have challenged and inspired audiences across the world, driven by a special interest in natural history, indigenous folklore, sociology and urban mythology. Today the company is recognized internationally as an innovator of physical and visual theatre, and a creator of brave, unbridled work for children. Erth’s work tours year-round internationally, has been featured in all major Australian arts festivals, and has appeared at international events including the Sydney Olympic Games Opening Ceremony, Hong Kong Fringe, Galway Arts Festival (IR), Stockton International Riverside Festival (UK), Singapore Arts Festival, the Festival of Arts & Ideas (USA), Shanghai World Expo, the opening of the Mall of Qatar (UAE), and the Hampyeong Butterfly Festival (South Korea).
ERTH’S PREHISTORIC AQUARIUM ADVENTURE is written and directed by Scott Wright, co-founder of Erth Visual and Physical Inc. and its Artistic Director since inception in 1990. He trained as a dancer and choreographer in Victoria in southeast Australia, and is a multi-skilled artist incorporating puppetry (one of his greatest loves), movement, acting, aerial, stilts and pyrotechnics. Currently he is working with renowned Italian director Chiara Guidi having just finished production on Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium. Scott has also produced work based upon the last thylacine (the largest known carnivorous marsupial of modern times) kept in Australian captivity. Some of Scott’s personal interests include the survival of indigenous folklore, exploring how ancient stories can be retrieved and presented to new audiences, work which has taken him into remote communities throughout Australia. He is also fiercely active in making work that is inclusive for children with and/or without disability but also making work with adults with disability as collaborators.
Red Tail Entertainment/Phillip Drayer produces and presents a wide variety of entertainment throughout North America. Through its division Red Tail Productions, the company produces a wide range of quality entertainment ranging from Broadway musicals to family theater, including the acclaimed Broadway hit A Night with Janis Joplin (whose title performer, Mary Bridget Davies was honored with a Tony Award nomination), Do You Hear the People Sing, Cirque Musica, Scooby Doo Live! Musical Mysteries and Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live, which has successfully toured North America for four years to an audience of over half a million people. Through its division Red Tail-Live, the company has a tremendous track record of producing and presenting live entertainment in a variety of venues, theatres, performing arts centers and arenas throughout the U.S. and Canada; presenting over a hundred events annually.
Mr. Drayer is a Texas-based entrepreneur whose career spans over fifty years. He was an early member of the high technology industry working for the industry leaders. Additionally, he founded and built two publicly traded semiconductor companies. In 2000, Forbes named his company as one of the top 50 of the best run company’s in the U.S. During that year, he was presented the Top CEO award by Morgan Stanley Ventures in Silicon Valley. Mr. Drayer has a long philanthropic history which include twelve years of service on the Lamar University Engineering Advisory Council and Lamar University Foundation. The university acknowledged his contributions by awarding him the honor of naming the Electrical Engineering Department in his name. In 1989 Mr. Drayer and his wife Karen, founded and helped develop the, now Internationally recognized, “Wildlife Health Center” on the Davis campus of the University of California School of Veterinary Medicine. The center, modeled after a Silicon Valley start-up, is dedicated to educating and training veterinarians to solve wildlife and ecosystem problems throughout the globe. In recognition of their service, the university recently named the center the Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center.
ERTH’S PREHISTORIC AQUARIUM ADVENTURE is designed by Steve Howarth, with sound design by Phil Downing and animation by Christian J. Heinrich. Illustrations are by Gabbie Paananen and lighting design is by Neil Simpson. Sharon Kerr is Executive Director. Drew Fairley and Catherine McNamara are co-writers and served as performers in the Australia production.
Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium is supported by Carriageworks’ IN DEVELOPMENT program.
For more information visit www.PrehistoricAquarium.com or visit Prehistoric Aquarium on Facebook.
Exclusive worldwide booking for Erth’s PREHSITORIC AQUARIUM ADVANTURE: The Brad Simon Organization www.bsoinc.com
35 CONCERTS Joins RED TAIL ENTERTAINMENT
and a Great Plan Takes Flight
(For Immediate Release)
Red Tail Entertainment is spreading its wings.
CEO Phil Drayer is pleased to announce that 35 Concerts will merge with Red Tail Entertainment and together do business under the banner of Red Tail Entertainment. The company will consist of a presenting division, Red Tail Live! – presenting great performances in the best venues in North America, and a producing division, Red Tail Productions – creating amazing entertainment for audiences world-wide. Together, Red Tail is ready to take flight.
Marc Engel, formerly President of 35 Concerts will serve as President of Red Tail Entertainment. A performing arts veteran with over 30 years’ experience in the management and programming of theatres and performing arts centers, his career includes high profile management assignments in internationally recognized venues including Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, the AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas and the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach. Over the last ten years, as 35 Concerts, Mr. Engel has promoted concerts in theatres and arenas in over 60 US Cities, in venues like the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, Benedum Centre in Pittsburgh, Orpheum Theatre in Omaha, the Riverside Theater in Milwaukee, Bass Concert Hall in Austin, Jackson Hall in Nashville, the Aronoff Center in Cincinnati, and the Altria Theatre in Richmond. His previous experience includes promotions in Abravanel Hall in Salt Lake City, Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Winspear Opera House in Dallas, Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Chrysler Hall in Norfolk, VA, among many others. 35 Concerts’ presenting history includes a wide range of shows and artists which span genres from Country and Pop to Classic Rock, Jazz and Comedy, and featuring heritage artists such as Tony Bennett, Alan Jackson, Norah Jones, Dolly Parton, Harry Connick, Jr., The Beach Boys, Bill Maher, and Martina McBride.
Phil Drayer will continue to serve as CEO of Red Tail Entertainment where he has produced and presented a wide variety of shows throughout North America ranging from Broadway musicals to family shows, to concerts featuring internationally recognized recording artists. Red Tail has a tremendous track record of producing and presenting events in a variety of venues, including theatres, performing arts centers and arenas throughout the U.S. and Canada. A Texas-based entrepreneur with an interest in family entertainment, he is the lead producer of the hit interactive show Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live which has successfully toured North America for four years. With partner Erth Visual and Physical in Sydney, Australia, Red Tail will debut their second show, Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure in October of this year and it will tour throughout the 2018 – 2019 season and beyond. Red Tail is a producer of the Broadway hit A Night with Janis Joplin whose title performer, Mary Bridget Davies, was honored with a Tony Award Nomination. And, Red Tail is a member of the producing team of the national tour of Scooby Doo Live! Musical Mysteries, and produced the arena spectaculars Do You Hear The People Sing and Cirque Musica!
Mr. Drayer has been a key player in the high technology industry for over thirty years and built two publicly traded companies. He was named Top CEO by Morgan Stanley Ventures in Silicon Valley in 2000, and his second company was named one of Forbes Top 50 Best Run Companies in the U.S. Mr. Drayer’s philanthropic endeavors include twelve years of service on the Lamar University Foundation and the Engineering Advisory Council. The electrical engineering department at Lamar University bears his name.
Kelsey Young will serve as Vice President and Talent Buyer, USA East, of Red Tail Live! A graduate of Texas Christian University, Kelsey has been with 35 Concerts for the past three years where she successfully worked to initiate relationships and bookings in new regions and new venues, largely in the Southeast, Eastern seaboard and midwestern United States.
Deborah Barr is the General Manager of Red Tail Productions and oversees the day to day business and operation of their current shows, Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live and Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure. She has worked as a production and stage manager for dance, theatre, opera and ceremonial events for numerous companies and producing entities. She worked for many years as Events Manager at the University of Texas at Austin, and as a company manager on tour.
Red Tail Entertainment is located at 420 Throckmorton Street, Suite 200, Fort Worth, Texas 76102, phone (817) 355-0035.