This 60-minute adaptation of Tolkien’s classic novel, designed for theatres of all sizes, is a suspenseful, fast-paced journey through the sometimes dark, sometimes charming, always compelling world of Middle Earth. Bilbo Baggins is a comfortably well-off hobbit with a love for rousing adventure stories. Real adventures, however, are definitely not his cup of tea. So when Gandalf the wizard knocks at Bilbo’s door, bringing with him Thorin Oakenshield, 11 ragged looking dwarfs and a contract for an adventure to recover the lost treasure of Lonely Mountain, Bilbo could not be less interested—at first. But Bilbo’s love of a good story gets the better of him, and before he knows it, he is off on a perilous quest over mountain and under hill through caves and forest and slimy dark places.
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- Type of Show Full-length Play
- Product Code H37000
- Cast Size 10
- Min. Royalty Rate $110/perf
- Cost $11.95
- Approx. Run Time 60 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) 9780871295897
- "This show was great for our teenage troupe! The one hour script really was able to highlight the action of THE HOBBIT while keeping the show going at a good pace."
- Review by Amanda DeHahn, The Theatre Project, Brunswick, Maine
- "The Hobbit is such a great ensemble show, I definitely recommend using a smaller cast if possible. "
- Review by Derek Pickens, Charleston County Schools of the Arts, Charleston, S.C.
- "Wonderful show, with lots of opportunity for fun and magic."
- Review by Jace Roscoe, Townview Theatre, Dallas, Texas
- "This adaptation of The Hobbit was perfect for my high school students. The flexible casting (both in size and gender) as well as the abridged length were great. I also found the adaptation very flexible in terms of staging - our budget was low but the script supported our minimalist sets and costumes. I'd recommend to any high school program!"
- Review by Gretchen Weinrich, Lincoln High School Drama Club, Thief River Falls, Minn.
- "Full of action, although much of the story is omitted for lack of time. The Gollum scene was excellent."
- Review by M. Bemis, Carlsbad High School, Carlsbad, NM
- "Our children and youth audiences and actors adored the play. Mast adapts the story into a marvelous adventure, filled with the spirit of Tolkien's work and with strong themes about pride and forgiveness."
- Review by Katie Simons, Corinth Theatre Arts, Corinth, Miss.
- "It was a visceral and wonderful experience!"
- Review by Matt Thompson, Theatre School at North Coast Repertory Theatre, Solana Vista, Calif.
- "The small roles are perfect for students splitting their time between sports and drama club. They really enjoyed being "dancers" who pantomimed all the narrated stories, giving them life and keeping the interest of our audiences."
- Review by Joanne M. LeClair, Hammondsport Central School, Hammondsport, N.Y.
Hints, Tips, and Tricks
- "... It's a LOT to pack in to a one act. I would not recommend trying to do it in less than the allotted time, and you may want to expect more ... I definitely recommend putting the wizard and humans on raised footwear (we used 2' stilts). The visual differentiation in species height really takes the show to the next level (pun intended)."
- Tip by Jace Roscoe, Townview Theatre, Dallas, Texas
- "We used scaffolding for the rock ledges, just be sure to lock the wheels."
- Tip by John Walker, York Suburban Middle School, York, Pa.
- "We focused on costumes rather than sets. We had Bilbo's door, but most of the other sets were minimal. Smaug was a cut-out insulation board with red lights reflected off the wall behind it. A very cool effect!"
- Tip by Lisa Masson, TEACH Drama Group, Baldwin, Kan.
Media Reviews"Mast does an admirable job of transferring Tolkien's classic tale of dwarfs, magicians and dragons in Middle Earth to the stage and offers plenty of well-crafted dialogue for actors to have their way with." -Kansas City Star
|Addison Theatre Centre
|Waterloo Community Playhouse
|Mesa Middle School
|Living Faith Church
|Kodiak Middle School
|Prairie Du Chien High
|Prairie Du Chien
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