ROBIN’S SHOW RECOMMENDATION: HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON LIVE SPECTACULAR
HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON LIVE SPECTACULAR, inspired by the Academy Award® nominated DreamWorks Animation film, utilizes the full arena at Nassau Coleseum, maximizing every dimension of performance space to transport audiences into a mythical world of fire-breathing dragons who soar overhead. The state-of-the-art animatronic technology and large-scale cinematic projections interact with live actors to bring the story to life.
The live production combines fire-breathing action, adventure, heartfelt moments and laughter into an original story set in the mythical world of Vikings and wild dragons. Based on the book by Cressida Cowell, it centers on Hiccup, a Viking teenager who doesn’t fit in with his tribe’s longstanding tradition of heroic dragon slayers. Hiccup’s world is turned upside down when he encounters a dragon he calls, Toothless, that challenges him and his fellow Vikings to see the world from an entirely different point of view.
This show is really a sight to behold. I particularly loved it when the actors took rides on the flying dragons. And, my son loved the action of the dragons scorching the Vikings town, and their ongoing battles.
The story was touching, and the effects were dazzling! Despite a technical glitch that halted the show for 15 or so minutes, it didn’t miss a beat. The dinosaurs were nothing short of amazing and authentic-looking and acting, and I found myself wanting to get up close ‘n personal with Toothless. What it thrill it must be for the actors to soar on them. And, combined with the film projections on the floor and backdrop, you truly felt as if you were there. When Toothless was immersed under water, you were in the ocean with him.
This show was a unique and memorable experience! And, if you need a little escapism in your everyday life, buy a ticket to HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON LIVE SPECTACULAR.
Young Hollywood actor Riley Miner, an accomplished dancer and musical theater performer, plays the lead role of Hiccup. Joining Miner to share the role of Hiccup is Rarmian Newton, who won a Helpmann Award for his performance in the Australian production of Billy Elliot The Musical (2008). American stunt performer Gemma Nguyen, a third degree Black Belt and six-time world champion in Tae Kwon Do, plays Astrid. Sharing the role of Astrid is 19-year-old Queenslander Sarah McCreanor who has starred in her own comedic productions and performed in a range of musicals and comedy shows. Stalwart Australian actor Robert Morgan plays Stoick, Hiccup’s father and the rough and ready old-school chieftain of the brawny Viking tribe. American Will Watkins, an accomplished fencer, stars as Gobber; French Kung Fu champion and stuntman Godefroy Ryckewaert plays Snotlout and Texan hip-hop dancer and rapper Dexter Mayfield plays Fishlegs. Australian hip-hop and break-dancer Virackhaly Ngeth is Ruffnut and Sydney break-dancer Frace Luke Mercado, a founding member of SKB (Street Kulture Breakers), is Tuffnut.
The cast of capable performers is assisted by an international technical team who has collectively created many of the world’s most memorable spectacles. The team is led by award-winning director Nigel Jamieson, who won the 2011 Helpmann Award as Best Director for his production of Opera Australia’s La Fanciulla del West, as well as production designer Peter England and costume / projection designer Dan Potra. The dragons themselves are created by Sonny Tilders and his team at The Creature Technology Company, whose work includes Walking With Dinosaurs – the Arena Spectacular. The score features compositions from Icelandic singer-songwriter Jonsi from Sigur Ros and Oscar-nominated British film composer John Powell, who created the original score for the feature film.
Produced by DreamWorks Animation,RZO Dragon Productions and Global Creatures, and presented by S2BN Entertainment.
Visit the website to check the tour schedule — www.dreamworksdragonslive.com. Ticket prices range from a low of $24.50 to a high of $89.50, with an average ticket price of $58.00. A limited number of premium seats and special VIP ticket experiences and family packages are also available.