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BWW Previews: THE HOBBIT at Valley Youth Theatre

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BWW Previews: THE HOBBIT at Valley Youth Theatre THE HOBBIT, Valley Youth Theatre's fourth show of the season, opens on February 9th and runs through February 25th. Sponsored by Valley Toyota Dealers, THE HOBBIT was written by Patricia Gray, based on J.R.R. Tolkien's classic children's novel.

The Hobbit is a tale of high adventure, undertaken by a company of dwarves, in search of dragon-guarded gold. A reluctant partner in this perilous quest is Bilbo Baggins, a comfort loving, unambitious hobbit, who surprises even himself by his resourcefulness and his skill as a burglar. Encounters with trolls, goblins, dwarves, elves and conversations with the dragon, Smaug the Magnificent, will thrill audiences of all ages!

Crafted by award-Winning designers Karol Cooper (costume designer) and Dori Brown (set designer), and Bret Reese (lighting designer), THE HOBBIT encompasses the journey from the Shire to the Lonely Mountain. Director Sandi Carll states, "Karol's impeccable costumes give careful consideration to each character by combining colorful textured fabrics with detailed time-period accessories. Dori's set design compliments Bret's lighting plan and together they create a very unique space where hidden messages and fun surprises are revealed. I am excited to collaborate with such a talented team of designers who have figured out a way to expertly present my 'page-to-stage' concept."

A show described as an "adventure story about luck, bravery and redemption" by Sandi Carll, involves characters Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf, Thorin, and several dwarves encountering and conquering several unexpected obstacles. Through watching encounters with a dragon, trolls, and goblins, audiences can expect an action-packed, thrilling show. "From an 'Unexpected Party', to an epic battle scene, a dark and mysterious throw-down with Gollum, to the finale reveal of a larger-than-life dragon," says Carll, "both die-hard fans of The Hobbit, and those new to the story, will be on the edge of their seats from start to finish!"

Featuring a cast of 26, ages 7-18, Sandi Carll mentions that the cast worked for weeks "picking apart" the script and diving into the intricacies of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic written for his own children, which was first published in 1937. Using an approach of honoring the original story, "...Courageous actors and I spent weeks picking apart a script to produce this play. In our own way, we each deciphered the author's meaning and creatively grappled with how to deliver a compelling and entertaining story."

Carll gives credit to the cast for their success in piecing together a difficult show, praising their ability to " stretch their imaginations, find their dwarf voices, battle beasts, and even make music! Their talents are impressive and their dedication to making this show great, was inspiring. Success meant respecting Tolkien's masterful dialogue and make you fall in love with Bilbo, Gandalf and their Dwarf friends all over again."

Encouraging potential audience members to see the show, Director Sandi Carll puts it best, stating, "This performance of THE HOBBIT is filled with heart, courage, loyalty, brotherhood, and the magic that is Valley Youth Theatre."

Valley Youth Theatre's Production of THE HOBBIT runs from February 2nd through February 11th. For tickets, you can call 602-253-8188 ext. 1 or visit

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