The Hobbit

2017 SEMESTER

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Ages 8-18

Winter/ Spring Semester
February 6, 2017-June 17, 2017

Director: Paul Angelo

Enrollment in our 18-week winter/spring Musical Theatre Program (MTP) semester includes role auditions, curriculum classes and weekend rehearsals. This program allows students 3 hours of class time per week and participation in a full stage production of The Hobbit requiring a 2-3 day/week time commitment for rehearsals. Tuition includes 3 academy classes (dance, music & acting placed by Executive Director), costumes, music, script, class workbook and 135+ hours of performing arts instruction.


About “The Hobbit”

Based on the timeless novel by J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit is a family-friendly adventure that follows the quest of Bilbo Baggins. Bilbo’s easy-going life is altered when he makes an out-of-character decision to join a quest through Middle Earth with wizard Gandalf and a throng of dwarves to recover stolen treasure. While they encounter goblins, trolls, and even a dragon along the way, Bilbo stumbles across a special ring and discovers an unexpected heroic side of himself in the process.


 


Characters
All genders will be considered for every role

BILBO BAGGINS: A hobbit. The accidental hero. Shy. Keeps to himself. Capable of great heroic feats. Thinks a lot and gets hit with quite a few emotions at once and just scrolls right through them quickly.

GANDALF: Mystical, other worldly human/wizard. Think wise, old hippie at the time of Middle Earth.

THORIN: Leader of the Dwarves. His family was decimated by Smaug the dragon and he is seeking revenge. Appears fearless at times, but Smaug frightens him.

DWARVES: They are all tough, brave, rustic…and often hungry men of shorter stature with bright, character voices that have range to be everything from scared to joyful to angry.

Dwalin: Dwarf. Thorin’s third cousin. Younger brother to Balin. The first of the dwarves to meet Bilbo.

Balin: Dwarf. Thorin’s third cousin. Older brother to Dwalin. Bilbo and Balin become good friends.

Kili: Dwarf. Thorin’s nephew. Twin brother to Fili. Youngest dwarf in the company. Keen eyesight.

Fili: Dwarf. Thorin’s nephew. Twin brother to Kili. Youngest dwarf in the company. Keen eyesight.

Dori: Dwarf. Thorin’s remote kinsmen.

Nori: Dwarf. Thorin’s remote kinsmen.

Ori: Dwarf. Thorin’s remote kinsmen.

Oin: Thorin’s third cousin. Brother to Gloin. Charged with starting the campfires.

Gloin: Thorin’s third cousin. Brother to Oin. Charged with starting the campfires. Doubts Bilbo at the start of the quest.

Bifur: Descendant from the Dwarves of Moria but are not of Durin’s line. Cousin to Bofur and Bombur.

Bofur: Descendant from the Dwarves of Moria but are not of Durin’s line. Cousin to Bifur and Bombur.

Bomber: Descendant from the Dwarves of Moria but are not of Durin’s line. Cousin to Bofur and Bifur. Plump. Has sympathy for Bilbo.

GOLLUM: Has not seen the light for quite some time. He is slimy and almost amphibian like as he slithers through his wet, dark cavern. Actor who plays this role must have impeccable diction and excellent vocal support. Gollum will need to have a unique voice- an actor who can create this character and not imitate the computer-generated Gollum from “The Lord of the Rings” movies.

SMAUG: The great dragon who decimated the Dwarves mountain. Destroyer. Actor who plays Smaug must have impeccable diction and excellent vocal support. Smaug will need to have a large, unique voice.

GROCERY BOY: A hobbit lad.

TROLLS: Bert, Essie, and Tom In mythology, trolls are described as everything from looking like huge rocks to looking slightly different from humans.

GREAT GOBLIN, ATTENDANT GOBLIN & Goblin Ensemble: Goblins are evil and mischievous dwarf-like creatures—they cause trouble and love gold. Goblins go head first into battle and they talk a good talk but often lack the smarts to walk the walk so they often are defeated with a good amount of casualties.

ELVEN QUEEN: This character appears to be based on Galadriel who does not appear until The Lord of the Rings but Patricia Gray adapted this play and she chose to have a queen. The Elven Queen is royalty and Tolkien described her as being the most powerful and also fairest of all the elves. She is strong and powerful—when she speaks, people listen.

ELF GUARDS (2) & Elves Ensemble: Wood-elves. Regal.

 Other Hobbits and Humans may be added to this production.