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The Daily Guide - Waynesville, MO
  • Pulaski Fine Arts Association opens ‘The Hobbit’ tonight

  • Wizards, hobbits, dwarves and other fantastical creatures are prepared to transport members of the local community to another realm tonight, when the Pulaski Fine Arts Association’s theater group opens their performance of “The Hobbit.”


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  • Wizards, hobbits, dwarves and other fantastical creatures are prepared to transport members of the local community to another realm tonight, when the Pulaski Fine Arts Association’s theater group opens their performance of “The Hobbit.”
    A dedicated group of cast members, crew and volunteers have been working on the play for approximately eight weeks. Natalie McCart, director of the show and the PFAA’s president, said she’s excited to show the community the results of that hard work.
    “It’s a great family show,” she said. “There’s a little bit of something for everyone. There’s action, excitement and there’s a good moral to the story.”
    The cast is a mixture of children, teens and adults, who bring the journey of hobbit Bilbo Baggins to life for the audience.
    Garrett Bailey, 14, tried out for the role of Baggins at the urging of his sister and said he was surprised and honored to receive the part.
    “It’s been great, I love it,” he said, noting that this is the first play he has participated in.
    Other members of the cast have been fixtures on the local stage, including Dana Wheatley, who is performing in the role of the wizard Gandalf.
    He said PFAA brings much to the local community, both for the actors and the audience.
    “It is an opportunity to see something different,” Wheatley said. “It gives people something to see besides movies. It gives them another alternative.”
    He added that he has high hopes for the upcoming performances.
    “I hope everyone enjoys themselves. I’m hoping that people will also understand that we’re not (director) Peter Jackson and we don’t have his budget … but it’s still going to be a really good time and I think people will enjoy it a lot.”
    “I think this will be a really fantastic show,” McCart added. “These children and adults work hard for eight weeks … and they do it just for the audience.”
    The play runs on Friday and Saturday evenings for three weeks at the Theater on the Square in Waynesville. The final show will be June 16. There will be one Sunday matinee performance on June 10. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children and can be purchased at the door, at the tourism bureau in St. Robert or at the Reznicek Dental office. Additional information about the PFAA and the play can be found at http://pfaa-tots.webs.com

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