Opening this weekend is a very special play at Stages Theatre. You may have read the book or seen the movies, but if you’d like to see Middle Earth come to life, Stages Theater is providing your ticket.
"This amazing journey, unexpected journey, with Bilbo and the heart that he has, and the heart I think, he kind of represents the every person and that this every person becomes a hero," said Director Jeannine Coulombe.
Stages Theatre has a habit of making fantasy into reality onstage. This time they’ve turned their habit to The Hobbit.
“Its 80 years old this month. It was published in September of 1937," said Coulombe. "There's been a lot of life and a lot of world that's happened since then, and it really, you know, it's really endured, and there's a reason for that."
Ayah Youngmark plays several characters throughout the play including one of the men of Laketown named Maxwell. She thinks they’ve done a good job of taking a long epic novel and condensing it to seventy minutes onstage.
“I hope that they get everything that was in the story, the original story, that was in the book, and the movies, and all the action the fantasy the middle earth. Just all of those elements,” said Youngmark.
The play is recommended for ages seven and up and I give the show a rating of “A” for Adventure.
The Hobbit is onstage now through October 22 at Stages Theatre in Hopkins.
Neil Pursley reporting
September 22, 2017