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The Insiders: Giant dinosaur puppets singing and dancing? Yes, please

Just imagine this. The curtain opens and standing before you onstage are a triceratops, an apatosaurus and a pterodactyl.

We know the first inclination is to run because for one, dinosaurs have been extinct for millions of years, so how did they get here, and two, they’re dinosaurs.

Don’t worry though, it’s just Trixie, Bessie and Terry, and all they want to do is tell you a story. Oh yeah, and they’re also just giant puppets and not real whatsoever. And to be clear, the apatosaurus is just a fun way to say brontosaurus. We like fun words.

But this isn’t just any story. These large puppets explore the wonders of evolution through earth-shaking dances and original songs in Mammoth Follies.

They’ll be joined by Willie Mammoth, Smiley the saber-toothed tiger and a 12-foot tall T. rex, all from Hudson Valley Puppets. But again, don’t worry, they’re not real and actually quite pleasant to watch dance.

And it’s all happening today at the Capitol Center for the Arts. There are two showings, at 1 and 4 p.m., and tickets are $20. That is unless you’re with a group of four or more, and then it’s $16.25 a ticket.

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In other news, the Merrimack Music Series continues at the City Auditorium today with a free concert for all ages. Joel Morse and Freeland Hubbard will serenade the audience with their play on the piano and guitar, respectively. Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki and Matt Jensen will team up to bring a mix of Celtic tradition and American rock to our little spot in the world. The show starts at 3 p.m. and is first come, first seated.

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