Carson High presents 'The Hobbit' this weekend

Published 12:00 am Thursday, November 3, 2011

Carson Theatre Presents J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit.”
The classic fantasy novel comes to life on stage in the Jesse Carson High School auditorium this weekend.
The show condenses the original tale into an epic hour and 15 minutes without intermission. All of the great characters are seen onstage, from Bilbo Baggins (Darrin Clements) to Thorin Oakenshield (Keaton Brower), to Gandolf (Samuel Yeager). Don’t be surprised to drop into the caves and meet Gollum and Smaug (Rodney Boatwright, and Zarah Khan).
The show is not only for those who love the book but for those who haven’t even heard of The Shire.
As the Hobbit Bilbo Baggins longs for adventure, who should walk though his door but Gandolf, a 7-foot-tall wizard who is asking Bilbo to leave his comfy Hobbit Hole and help Thorin and his men take back the Lonely Mountain from the evil dragon Smaug.
Director Alex Reynolds’ cast of 40 has made the dark and twisty “Middle Earth” appear right on stage and bigger than life.
A collaborative effort from the art, apparel and drafting classes, the tech behind the show is really something to see with its hidden surprises, Reynolds says.
“I can now say I know how to move mountains!” said Jon Casteel, a drafting teacher.
Tickets are $ 5 at the door. The show will be performed at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5 and Sunday, Nov. 6.