The stage in Petersen Auditorium will be filled with exotic creatures this weekend, as Kewanee High School students present “The Hobbit.”
The stage adaptation of the J.R.R. Tolkien novel will be performed at 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.
Tickets are $5 for adults and $4 for students.
Director Marc Nelson said Tolkien wrote “The Hobbit” after serving in World War I, and some of the themes in the novel seem to be related to his experiences in the war.
The publishers liked “The Hobbit” so much that they asked Tolkien to write more books about the inhabitants of Middle Earth.
So he produced the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy.
Nelson said the play has adventure, humor and some dramatic scenes. A cast of some 40 students has been rehearsing for more than seven weeks, he said.
Besides the hobbits in the cast, he said, there will be orcs, a dragon and other characters as the main character, Bilbo Baggins, experiences good and bad things in his journey.
Cast members are Julia King, Ellen Johnson, Johnny Williams, Chloe Bestward, Ernest Toutant, Eva Gunawan, Zach Murphy, M. Grebner, Cass Grebner, Matt Worden, Isaac Wieser, Drew Becker, Brandon Evans, Conner Oetzel, Julie Kuchle, Lexi Chayer, Stephen Partridge, Austin Siscoe, Katie Kuchle, Dustin Allen, Caitlyn Girkin, Kalley Komnick, Caitlin Edge, Jess Lewis, Victoria Gleichman, Jazmine Hall, Wendy Corral, Cassy Young, Montana DeBord, Ali Eilers, Lexi Lanxon, Jasmine Gleason, Bre Mitchell, Blade Williams, Donovan Williams, Taniya Gromm, Jacob Woods, Conrad Engrebrecht, Mark Breedlove, Elizabeth Jamison and Wes Anderson.