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'How to Train Your Dragon' coming to Long Island

Dragon and viking trainer from How to Train

Dragon and viking trainer from How to Train Your Dragon visit reporter Beth Whitehouse in the parking lot of Newsday in Melville. (May 18, 2012) Credit: Ed Betz

I had an unusual visitor at work today — a 7-foot-tall, smoke-breathing, roaring baby dragon and his Viking trainer. Sig the Viking and Baby Nadder visited Newsday and later the boardwalk at Long Beach to promote the upcoming “How to Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular” from DreamWorks Animation, which also produced the hit movie.

The show is coming to Nassau Coliseum Aug. 1- 5, and tickets go on sale at 9 a.m. Sunday through Ticketmaster at  800-653-8000 or Prices are $24.50 to $89.50; a limited number of premium Dragon Hot Seats and VIP family packages are also available for a higher fee.

The show features 23 dragons, six of which fly through the arena. The story is adapted from the movie about a Viking village terrorized by dragons, especially one big bully dragon named Red Death. The village leader’s teenage son, Hiccup, befriends an injured dragon named Toothless, who teaches him how to train dragons so they no longer have to fight.

Baby Nadder spread his bright orange wings, cocked his head and blinked his bright, yellow eyes as Sig the Viking demonstrated the commanding “Viking stare” and how to find the dragon’s “blind spot” so you can get close enough the tickle your dragon under his neck. Want to learn more about training a dragon? You’ll have to get your tickets and wait for the show.



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