‘The Hobbit’ coming to Community Players

November 1, 2018 GMT

Community Players’ Acting Up students will go on a journey through Middle Earth in their upcoming production “The Hobbit.”

This stage adaptation of the J.R.R. Tolkien novel opens Friday, Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m. with additional performances Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 18 at 2 p.m.

The box office, located at 412 Ella St., Beatrice, is open weekdays from noon to 5:30 p.m. and two hours prior to performances. Reservations can also be made by calling (402) 228-1801 or online at www.beatricecommunityplayers.com.

Like most hobbits, Bilbo Baggins wants nothing to do with adventure. But when the wizard Gandalf and a horde of dwarves knocks on his door, he is taken on a journey filled with dragons and dangers, trolls and terrors, and one fabled ring in this adaptation of the J.R.R. Tolkien classic.

“I first read ‘The Hobbit’ while in middle school,” Tyler Rinne, Community Players’ Associate Artistic Director, said. “And it was an immediate favorite. The world Tolkien created is so rich and interesting, and the adventure in this particular story is non-stop. My hope is that, with doing this project as a part of Acting Up, my actors and I are able to introduce this story to a whole new generation.”

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Playing the titular hobbit Bilbo Baggins is Nolan Marlatt, with Joseph Bates taking on the role of the wise wizard Gandalf. Sawyer Crumrine appears as the sinister Gollum, while Makenna Blum plays the leader of the dwarves, Thorin, with the rest of her dwarf compatriots brought to life by Trey Baehr, Monet Baehr, Callen Behrends, Maddox DeBoer, Emmy Hoefer, Ashton Hofeling-Hyberger, Connor Hroch, Grace Ideus, Arihanna Marlatt, Peyton Raber, Jude Tomlinson, and Cecily Wiedel.

Other cast members include Bryson Bates, Addison Baxa, Jaedyn Baxa, Ethan Dreesen, Taionna Farley-Martin, Sophie Gleason, Anna Hamilton, Myah Hood, Garret Ideus, Halle Leonard, Connor Lottman, Avery Martin, David Maurstad, Jasmine Petet, Jalen Reiman, Alex Venneman, and Devin Viveros. The production is directed by Rinne.

“This is our first foray into high fantasy,” Rinne said. “It’s a little less comedic than most of the shows we do and it’s pushing our actors and production team to new creative highs. I’m always looking for new ways to challenge myself as a director, and to provide many different experiences for my students, and this show is no exception.”

Acting Up began in 2011 as part of the theater’s focus on educational outreach. The program is targeted at students in grades 5 through 8 to teach young people about all aspects of putting together a show. The experience culminates in performing a family-friendly production at the end of each semester.

Ticket prices for “The Hobbit” are $15 for adults and $8 for students..