“Forget dinosaurs. Fire-breathing dragons now rule the Earth and last night they were terrorizing and charming a 5000-strong audience at the premiere of How To Train Your Dragon.” – Herald Sun
Peter, Paul and Mary sang about a magic one in the ‘60s that frolicked around Honah Lee. In medieval ages, it is alleged Sir George vanquished them with his mighty sword. If you have not guessed it by now, the topic is dragons. These legendary creatures occupy a long-standing place in popular culture.
Unlike other legendary fairy tales – unicorns, Big Foot and the Loch Ness Monster – to name a few, flights of the imagination will come alive this summer, August 1 – 5, when DreamWorks and Hewlett Packard present “How To Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular” at the Nassau Coliseum. Leave your swords and chainmail at home for this one. Suspended reasoning and a youthful mind are all you need.
All dragons are not the same
What, precisely, is a dragon? Are they reptiles? Maybe they are dinosaurs or perhaps a strange species of prehistoric snake. From dictionary.reference.com, the origin of word is likely derived from the Greek, “drácōn,” for serpent.
The primeval beasts in the live version of How To Train Your Dragon, which is based on the series of children’s books by Cressida Cowell, are an intuitive embodiment of fantasy and charm, brought to life by DreamWorks’ innovative know-how. Hey, in this, the Year of the Dragon, if the latest space launch can also be called the “Dragon,” then why not a live arena show featuring the same theme? Everybody loves dragons.
What to expect
Recently, the “Dragon” space craft was successfully propelled into earth’s orbit. Closer to home, while dragons prepare to hover over Uniondale, what can Coliseum goers anticipate?
In the Herald Sun article of March 9, 2012, “Review: How to Train Your Dragon, Hisense Arena,”Kate Herbert wrote, “Cutting-edge, animatronic technology marries with puppetry, projections, pyrotechnics, aerial and ground acrobatics, martial arts and hip hop, as these mythical creatures battle their human foes.”
Besides the requisite fire-breathing, there’s a “sensurround landscape of Viking villages” plus a dungeon or two. DreamWorks’ dragon manifestation lasts five days, August 1 -5, 2012. Showtime is 7 pm weekdays, 3 pm and 11 am on the weekend. Additional information is available on dreamworksdragonslive.com.