DAYTON — The Tongue River High School drama department will present the play “Lord of the Ringlets- Kicking the Hahbit” April 12 and 13.
The play is a comic spoof of “Lord of the Rings” in which Bumbo Braggins the Hahbit is taken on a marvelous adventure by Randalf and a band of silly dwarves.
Production of the play is a group effort between Tongue River Elementary, Middle School and High School students and will be directed by TRHS drama coach Bonnie Klasinski.
“We needed little kids, big kids and medium-sized kids so it worked out really well,” Klasinski said.
Klasinski said coaching actors of various ages and getting them to work well together has been a challenge, but that it has come together and the students are getting excited about the upcoming performance.
“I think they really like it,” she said. “It is a comedy. It is funny. The elementary kids are really into it.”
Eighteen students will participate in the production, with 10th-grader Michael Johnston starring as Bumbo Braggins, senior Kelly Tarver starring as Randalf and eighth-grader Anya Wobig narrating the story. Tenth-grader James Ferguson will take on two roles, as Bellrung and Smax the Destroyer, and also will assist with lighting.
The play will be enhanced with the help of homemade costumes, which were made and donated by local resident Florence Sundquist.
Klasinski said the students are putting in many hours of rehearsals, with the elementary students practicing two nights a week and the high school students practicing four nights a week.
The play will have two showings — April 12 at 7 p.m. in the TRHS auditorium and April 13 as a dinner theater. A dinner of sloppy joes, hot dogs, salad and cookies will begin at 5 p.m. and the play will begin at 7 p.m.
Friday night’s admission is on a donation basis and Saturday night’s dinner theater will cost $8 per person. Tickets can be purchased at the door and all funds raised will go to the Ranchester Community Cupboard and the Tongue River drama department.