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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or calling her at 203-255-7201.