by Lorie Lewis Ham
Before you go see The Hobbit movie coming out later this year, why not check out the play now on stage at the College of The Sequoias in Visalia. I went this weekend with friends and it was a lot of fun. It’s the kind of show you can take the family to for a fun night out, while helping to support the school’s theatre program at the same time.
The Hobbit is based on a fantasy novel by the same name written by J.R.R. Tolkien about a Hobbit named Bilbo Baggins and his adventure with a bunch of dwarves and a great wizard named Gandalf. Thinking himself a simple Hobbit, Bilbo is hesitant about going on this grand and dangerous adventure, but Gandalf gives him little choice. Along the way he faces goblins, giant spiders, elves and trolls, and finds he has more luck and courage than he ever dreamed.
This production by the Experimental Theatre Company Ensemble at COS is visually stunning with complicated costumes, masks, and puppets that were a year in putting together as everything was handmade. The giant spiders alone are worth the trip to see it, and I especially loved little Tatiana Ibarra who did a wonderful job as Bilbo. It was obvious that this show was a lot of work and the cast and crew deserve major kudos.
If you enjoy fantasy and a great adventure, and especially if you are a fan of Tolkien, you should head out and see The Hobbit on their closing weekend. The remaining performances are May 3 and 4 at 7:30, and May 5 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the door and the theatre is located at 915 S. Mooney Blvd. in Visalia. Learn more on their website.