Richard Grafton, a theatre mastermind and teacher at my school, directed a production of Tolkien’s The Hobbit (play by Kim Selody) for the students back in February. He sent out an all call to the teachers to see if anyone was interested in being Smaug – the dragon. I eagerly volunteered.
What a blast to be a part of! I didn’t have many lines and I was off stage inside a huge duct tape head, so I only had to emote with my voice. It also meant that I didn’t have to go to many rehearsals, though a couple more may have done me good as I was still learning my lines the day of the first show.
The four shows we put on over 2 days went super. I was very impressed with how organized and professional the crew was – mostly made up of jr. high and elementary students (with a handful of 10th graders).
I read The Hobbit for the first time when I was in grade 7. It moved me deeply. I dreamed of making the film and I even designed an 18 hole miniature golf course following the various scenes from The Hobbit.