It's unusual for a modern work to become a classic so quickly, but Tolkien's "ring" stories, which began with The Hobbit, clearly are in this very special category. They stir the imagination and intellect of everyone they touch. Bilbo, one of the most conservative of all Hobbits, is asked to leave his large, roomy and very dry home in the ground in order to set off as chief robber in an attempt to recover an important treasure. It's the last thing that any sensitive Hobbit would want to do, but great benefit eventually results—not only for Bilbo but for all of the Hobbits who inhabit Middle Earth—and the hearts of those children and adults who continue to enjoy this kind of magic.
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- Type of Show Full-length Play
- Product Code H22000
- Cast Size 26
- Min. Royalty Rate $100/perf
- Cost $10.95
- Approx. Run Time 120 min
- Target Audience Young Audiences | Middle School | High School | Family (all ages)
- Performing Group Middle School | High School | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Professional Theatre
- Genre Drama
- ISBN(13) 9780871294272
- "Well received by the community. Great theater experience for the youth."
- Review by Vikki Halstead, City of Dinuba Parks & Recreation, Dinuba, CA
- "The Hobbit was a challenge and a wonderful production. With a cast of 41 with lots of Gollums and Elf attendants for the Elven Queen it was a joy to work with young people from five to eighteen. Thanks for helping to make our show a great hit."
- Review by Bebe Abel, Spotlight Youth Theatre, Waynesville, NC
- "Solid writing -- excellent notes in rear of text. Audiences loved wry humor embedded in dialogue. Solid responses from audiences."
- Review by Ed Cornely, Cornely Productions, Westboro, MA
- "Excellent adaptation of Tolkien's book. My actors went out for the play because of their love of the book, and they commented how close to the story it was. Easy to find flashing staff and glowing swords on Internet because of "Rings" movies."
- Review by Linda Hasbrouck, Gilbraltar Area Schools, Fish Creek, WI
- "This was a play that was easily accomplished by middle-level students. It was flexible enough to accommodate varied students, number of cast members. The set needs were workable in either a small or large space."
- Review by Earlene DeLeon, Cedar Rivers Middle School, Maple Valley, Wash.
- "I read several different versions when deciding to direct The Hobbit with our high schoolers. This version, although not entirely true to the original book, does seem to be the closest to matching the spirit of the book and does give student actors rich characterizations to create."
- Review by Darlene Lentz, Sands Center/ Storybook, DeLand, Fla.
- "It was a wonderful production. The scriptÑchallenging yet very appropriate for our actors ages 7-16."
- Review by Claire Yarrington, California Theatre Arts, Walnut Creek, Calif.
- "Excellent adaptation. A real ensemble production, instead of one or two leads the whole cast was really involved."
- Review by Melissa Zak, Providence Academy, Plymouth, Minn.
- "It held the audiences' attentions throughout with its comic characters, action-filled scenes and engaging story of friendship and adventure."
- Review by Carol-Ann Black, Showbiz Kidz/Showbiz Starz, Allen Park, Mich.
- "We found this version of The Hobbit to be the best suited for our company. We did it with 15 Middle Earth Minions who played trees, doors, cupboards, minor roles, set movers and extras. The production was highly effective and well received. We sold out all the performances on the second weekend!"
- Review by Lisa Lees, All of Us Express Children's Theatre, East Lansing, Mich.
- "We selected this version of The Hobbit because it had a larger number of parts with interesting lines/scenes that give the audience an unforgettable memory of each character."
- Review by Alice Anderson, Haddam Neck Covenant Church Children's Theatre, East Hampton, Conn.
- "The Hobbit is wonderful and fun to produce. The characters are full of life, contributing to a fast-paced performance."
- Review by Alan Berry, Hale Center I.S.D., Hale Center, Texas
- "The Hobbit is an exceptional script since it has kept the classic scenes from the book which made it a classic in the first place."
- Review by Mark Brown, ANTIC, Inc., Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
- "What a magical adaptation, faithful to the book and perfect for an all-youth cast! Sets are simple. Good balance between drama and humor! The dragon was a challenge, but fun to play!"
- Review by Ron Solomon, Make It Up As We Go Productions, Pearland, Texas
- "This is a very fun play to work on. My cast of all high schoolers actually enjoyed coming to rehearsals. What I really enjoyed about the play was that it broke into French scenes easily. My students were able to come when needed."
- Review by Sarah Hankins, Pearl High School, Pearl, Miss.
- "We had a terrific production. Great characters, fun costume and makeup opportunities for students, and wildly exciting special effects. Gollum and the dragon scenes were a true highlight."
- Review by Ron Wells, Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School, Summit, N.J.
- "This is a great script for middle school. All the events can be found in the book/movie, but it adapts well on stage. A big cast can have fun with the magical characters."
- Review by Kristen Swanson, Penn Central Middle School, Perkasie, Pa.
Hints, Tips, and Tricks
- "Keep the sets simple and put your attention to the details in your props and costumes. The only drawback was having to create the dragon Smaug which the Lord of the Rings movies can make look very scary and realistic!"
- Tip by Carol-Ann Black, Showbiz Kidz/Showbiz Starz, Allen Park, Mich.
- "Rather than casting folks for a page or two (even Golum is onstage for a brief period), I cast 15 Middle Earth Minions who played the minor roles as well as being extra elves, goblins, set movers and whatever else we needed."
- Tip by Lisa Lees, All of Us Express Children's Theatre, East Lansing, Mich.
- "Begin costume design early."
- Tip by Becky Wilson, Kiona-Benton City S. D. #52, Benton City, Wash.
- "We made a shadow dragon by using a cardboard ellipsoid. It looked awesome. We used a lot of PowerPoint projections to show the different locations. Papier m‰ch trees can easily be reorganized to show various forests. Make sure you choreograph the large swordfight."
- Tip by Krista Klanderman, Menasha High School, Menasha, Wis.
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