Arts & Entertainment

'Hobbit' opens Nov. 14

The Pasco High drama department presents The Hobbit for its fall production, which opens Nov. 14.

The play is based on J.R.R. Tolkien's trilogy and adapted for the stage by playwright Patricia Gray. Pasco's production is directed by Todd Westendorf, with costumes created by Verna Schwilke.

The Hobbit tells the story of Bilbo Baggins, a simple young hobbit. Bilbo's often-dreary life takes an exciting and unexpected turn when the great wizard Gandalf summons him.

Reluctant at first to leave the safety of his home, Bilbo soon rises to the call of duty. He is joined by a band of dwarves on a crucial mission to reclaim stolen treasure from the feared dragon Smaug.

The journey takes the travelers through the misty mountains of the East to a place called Middle-Earth, where strange creatures dwell, dungeons are deep, and goblins, trolls and elves are everywhere.

Handling the technical direction for the play is Columbia Basin College's drama technician Chance Rush.

The play features Kris Heinze, McKenzie Shoemake, Jacen Smith and Kiersten Merrill.

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