Jurassic World Live Tour is here in Miami! Shows run from Thursday, January 9, until Sunday, January 12 at the American Airlines Arena.
It goes without saying that being in a Broadway show requires remarkable talent. As it turns out, being in this show requires a level of physical aptitude beyond what one might expect. As a part of the Jurassic World franchise, the Jurassic World Live Tour will feature life-sized dinosaurs and a plot packed with stunts and special effects. To help understand what it must be like to play a life-sized dinosaur, Brittany Talbot, “puppet captain,” explains.
Talbot is what the show calls a “DinoTeer.” She also happens to be an Iron Woman and triathlete on Team USA.
“Jurassic World Live is a very unique show. The best of the best of the industry have come together to bring us something really new,” says Talbot.
With her degree in puppetry, Talbot worked as a liaison between the show’s tech team and the performers. She had a hand in designing the costumes of characters (puppets) that weigh anywhere between 100-145 lbs.
“I’m the only triathlete in the show but everyone is in some way an athlete,” says Talbot.
Training to become a dinosaur on stage is a gradual process, beginning first with just the structure, then the ‘skin’, and so on. Offstage, training with weighted vests, and even swimming is encouraged to help with breath control, cardio and resistance. Training for core stability as a DinoTeer is crucial.
Imagine reaching your highest level of fitness, while also studying birds and rhinos as a part of your training. Talbot shares that this is done in order to mimic their movements to truly, and fully convince you that you’re watching a dinosaur in this decade.
“Athletes watch others to pick up on technique,” says Talbot. She points out that there’s a lot of crossover between being on a team and being in a cast, although it might not seem like it at first.
Fellow cast-mate Patrick King gives some insight into some other effects we might expect to see although these, we won’t be trying at home. King is a stuntman, and he explains that performing a 20-foot fall like the one he does in Jurassic World Live requires body awareness, muscle memory, and as we’ve seen before, progression. In this case, the progression is seen in the heights of the fall. And what goes into a stuntman’s workout routine? King has always maintained an athletic lifestyle.
“I played every sport and used that background for stunts,” says King. “I’m always at the gym lifting and stretching for 10 shows a week.”
One might imagine that these stars are using every opportunity they can to rest while on tour, but they’re not. Talbot can be found putting in a few miles while King might be putting his NASM certification to use in training a castmate, or at the gym himself. King admits however he has learned over the years when to not overdo it: an essential trait in any athletic training. All the while, both Talbot and King would agree that their fitness habits have been a source of relaxation and even connection to their cast.
So this weekend, while you’re watching Jurassic World Live from the very edge of your seat, let these stars inspire your next workout. And in that next workout, let’s all be grateful we’re not wearing a 145 lbs dinosaur suit!