Michael Latini as Puppeteer in “How to Train Your Dragon Live!”

Tyler School of Art graduate Michael Latini is currently behind the scenes of “How to Train Your Dragon Live! Spectacular.” Since his graduation in 2001, Latini has been working as a puppeteer. He toured the country as a lead puppeteer in the show “Walking with Dinosaurs, the Arena Spectacular,” as well as working on the Philadelphia Zoo and Jim Henson collaboration “X-tinksun,” and touring as the Bear in Disney’s “Bear in the Big Blue House.”

“How to Train Your Dragon Live!” is based off of the animated film that was released in 2010. The dragons in the show are not computerized, but instead need to be controlled by up to three people. While they are similar to the puppets used in “Walking with Dinosaurs,” these puppets have a greater range of motion and the ability to breathe fire. The show premieres at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on September 12 and will run until the 16.

Original article can be found at http://www.nj.com/indulge/index.ssf/2012/09/temple_grad_michael_latini_is.html

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