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Ludlowe staging Tolkien's 'The Hobbit' this weekend

Updated 12:31 pm, Friday, November 30, 2012
  • Will Powers as Gandalf, left, and James Purcell as Bilbo in a scene from Fairfield Ludlowe High School's production of "The Hobbit." A total of three performances are scheduled Nov. 20 and Dec. 1. Photo: Contributed Photo / Fairfield Citizen contributed
    Will Powers as Gandalf, left, and James Purcell as Bilbo in a scene from Fairfield Ludlowe High School's production of "The Hobbit." A total of three performances are scheduled Nov. 20 and Dec. 1. Photo: Contributed Photo

 

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'THE HOBBIT' What: Ludlowe High School Drama Club production of Tolkien's fantasy. Where: Ludlowe High School auditorium, 785 Unquowa Road. When: Friday, Nov. 30, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 1, at 2 and 8 p.m. Tickets: $8, general admission at the door; reservations by emailing Frances Kondziela at fkondziela@fairfieldschools.org or calling her at 203-255-7201.
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The Fairfield Ludlowe High School Drama Club will present three performances of J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy, "The Hobbit," on Friday, Nov. 30, and Saturday, Dec. 1.

Shows are planned at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the school auditorium. A Saturday matinee also is scheduled at 2 p.m.

Tolkien's 1937 children's novel inspired his "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, which may be better known among some audiences due to recent feature-film versions.

"The Hobbit" was adapted for the stage by Patricia Gray, and the script was approved by Tolkien, the drama club said in a news release.

The plot involves a hobbit -- a small mythical person -- named Bilbo Baggins (played by James Purcell). Prodded by the wizard Gandalf (Will Powers), Bilbo reluctantly agrees to join a band of dwarves on a quest to reclaim stolen treasure from the feared dragon Smaug (Will Poling).

Under the leadership of Thorin Oakenshield (Jared Bovine), Bilbo and his diminutive mates encounter a series of obstacles involving trolls, goblins, elves, and the not-so-clever creature Gollum (Roni Mandelkern).

Bilbo outsmarts many of his opponents, displays his bravery and becomes a hero.

The production features original music by one of the cast members, Alex McElwee, who plays the dwarf Bombur.

Leading the production are artistic director Frances Kondziela, set designer/director Roger Mudre, costume designer Sonia Otharsson, lighting designer Matt Pagliaro, sound designer Sam Eckhardt and fight choreographer Simone DePaolo.

"THE HOBBIT"

What: Fairfield Ludlowe High School Drama Club production of Tolkien's fantasy.

Where: Fairfield Ludlowe High School auditorium, 785 Unquowa Road.

When: Friday, Nov. 30, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 1, at 2 and 8 p.m.

Tickets: $8, general admission at the door; reservations by emailing Frances Kondziela at fkondziela@fairfieldschools.org or calling her at 203-255-7201.