Disney, dinosaurs, Sesame Street lead family events coming to Fresno

The Fresno BeeMay 18, 2014 

It's Disney, dinosaurs and a trip down Sesame Street for a trio of family-friendly events that are stopping in town this year.

Sesame Street

Sesame Street Live returns to Fresno for three shows June 17-18 at the Save Mart Center. The "Make a Friend" show has Elmo, Grover and Abby Cadabby welcoming a newcomer to the street. Her name is Chamki and she is from India. Together, the gang celebrates the universal fun of friendship — and our cultural similarities.

Let's face it, we all like to sing, dance and share cookies.

Tickets for the show are $17-$57 and on sale now.


Disney Live brings the rock (and pop, reggae, hip-hop, jazz and country), with its new show.

Mickey's Music Festival — which plays at 2 and 5 p.m. Sept. 6 at the Saroyan Theatre — features the best from Disney's repertoire of songs remixed and re-imagined in contemporary musical genres.

See Mickey and his band of friends — Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy — perform this musical mash-up of songs from "Aladdin," "The Little Mermaid" and Disney/Pixar's "Toy Story."

Kids will love it. Parents will spend weeks trying to get the songs out of their heads.

Tickets for the show are $22-$52 and on sale 10 a.m. May 27 at the theater box office, at select Vallarta and Save Mart Supermarkets, on the phone at (800) 745-3000 or online at ticketmaster.com


The music for the "Walking with Dinosaurs" arena spectacular is of another sort.

The score for this show, which runs eight times between Dec. 3-8 at the Selland Arena, was created by James Brett, who wrote music for films like "The Iron Giant, "X-Men The Movie" and the Batman Live arena show.

It is intended to set the mood and play behind the life-size animatronic dinosaurs.

This is an updated version of the show, which played Fresno in 2008, and showcases changes to the dinosaurs, based on the latest scientific research (such as more feathers).

Ten species are represented, including Tyrannosaurus Rex; Plateosaurus and Liliensternus; Stegosaurus and Allosaurus and Torosaurus and Utahraptor. The largest — Brachiosaurus — stands 36 feet tall and 56 feet from nose to tail.

Tickets to "Walking with Dinosaurs" are $28-$70.50 and are on sale now.

Tickets to all shows are available at the venue box office, at select Save Mart Supermarkets, on the phone at (800) 745-3000 or online at ticketmaster.com


The reporter can be reached at (559) 441-6579, jtehee@fresnobee.com or @joshuatehee on Twitter and Instagram. Read his blog at www.fresnobeehive.com

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