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Bernards High School Presents Tolkien’s Hobbit in Bernardsville NJ on November 19, 20, 21

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Bernards High School and the Somerset Hills School District is thrilled to bring to life one of the most beloved classics of all time with its fall drama, The Hobbit. Based on the words of J.R.R. Tolkien, this stage adaptation takes us to Middle Earth where Bilbo Baggins, 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 recover an important treasure. It’s the last thing that any sensitive Hobbit would want to do, but great benefit eventually results—not only for Bilbo but for all of the Hobbits who inhabit Middle Earth—and the hearts of those children and adults who continue to enjoy this kind of magic.

Performances will take place in the Somerset Hills School Districts Performing Arts Center on Friday, November 19 and Saturday, November 20 at 7PM and Sunday, November 21 at 2PM. Tickets are $15.00 for adults and $10.00 for senior citizens/children. Tickets may be purchased at Bernardsville Hardware or the main office at Bernards High School. For more information please e-mail

Students involved in the production include Eric Craft as Bilbo Baggins, Ethan Brady as Gandalf, and John Sanderson as Gollum. The band of dwarves are played by Jake Rogers, Henry Peterson, Dan Anthony, Meg Gehan, Claudia Medina, Andrea Zazzarino, Allison Harris, Max Littman, Connor Ferrante, Andrew Gallo, Josie Vogel, Jake Grimm, and Carter Olson. Bradford Then is the grocery boy and the three trolls are Madeline O’Brien, Chris Kessler, and Courtney Schum. Stuart Foley portrays the Great Goblin with Ben Ferrara his attendant. Fellow goblins include Ashlyn Desoto, Sally Redling, Patty Howell, Lizzie Elkind, Ali Pisano, David Lopez and Alfi Rolon. The Elven Queen is played by Lydia Anthony. Claire Taylor and Sybil Engleby are her guards and Amanda Ward, Ileana McCabe, Wendy Autenrieth, Alyssa Montagna and Sophie Reddie round out the elf ranks. Behind the scenes are Emily Smith, Dillon DeSimone, Rebekah Kubeck, Min Hee Kim, and Gareth Rose. 

Bringing this popular classic tale to life in the photo at right are goblins, Ashlyn Desoto, Sally Redling, Patty Howell, Alfie Rolon, Lizzie Elkind, Ali Pisano, and David Lopez , who surround lead character, Bilbo Baggins, played by Eric Craft of Bernardsville.

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