Bilbo Baggins the little hairy footed Hobbit will be appearing at Sutter Street Theatre in Markland Taylor’s dramatization of J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic story “The Hobbit.” Directed by award winning director Allen Schmeltz, “The Hobbit” opens May 5.
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 slay a dragon and recover an important treasure. It’s the last thing that any sensitive Hobbit would want to do, but the results greatly benefit not only Bilbo but all Hobbits who inhabit Middle Earth.
“The Hobbit” cast is: Angie Reed (Bilbo Baggins), Brady Tait (Thorin), Samantha Watkins (Gollum, The Spider & Master of Esgaroth), James Van Eaton (Gandalf, Smaug the Dragon), Hailey Fitzpatrick (Bert the Troll, First Elf, Great Goblin, Lord of the Eagles, Wood-Elf Guard, Lake-Town Guard), Perry Vargas (William the Troll, Second Goblin, Beorn, Wood-Elf King, Lake-Town Guard, Bard), Alex Wiese (Tom the Troll, Elrond, Wood-Elf Guard) and Rebeka Main (Second Elf).
“The Hobbit” plays at Sutter Street Theatre on Saturdays and Sundays at 1 p.m. through June 10. Tickets are $17 general, $15 seniors, and $13 for children 12 and younger. Tickets can be purchased by calling (916) 353-1001 or online at SutterStreetTheatre.com.