Hobbits, dwarves, wizards and trolls take over Summerville

Gandalf (though not in the form of Ian McKellen) will make an appearance in Summerville this weekend as the Flowertown Players and the Lee A. Barrett Children’s Theater put on “The Hobbit.”

Being a big fan of “The Lord of the Rings” series, I’m obviously counting down the days until the release of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.” (We’re at 51 days, not counting today, just in case you were curious.)

So imagine my joy when I was driving past the Flowertown Players’ theater in Summerville and noticed the marquee above the door saying that “The Hobbit” is their next show.

That’s right, the Flowertown Players and the Lee A. Barrett Children’s Theater are taking us to Middle-earth for this one-hour stage production.

Showing at 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday with matinee shows at 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, you’ve got a few opportunities to catch the performance at the historic James F. Dean Theatre, 133 S. Main St.

And let’s just add a cherry to this sundae: Tickets are $5 for students, $7 for adults. Tickets can be purchased in person at the box office, over the phone by calling 875-9251 or online at www.flowertownplayers.org.

Continuing in the vein of young performers, the West Ashley High School Drama Studio has teamed up with the band and the football team to sing and dance their way through some of the most loved night-themed music.

More than 200 students will perform music from Taylor Swift, Ray Charles, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Eagles, Norah Jones and many others. And expect to hear musical numbers from “The Phantom of the Opera,” the Travel Cats’ rendition of “Ghostbusters” and catch Drama IV’s performance of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door (in the auditorium at 4060 West Wildcat Blvd.), which opens at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Contact Nancy Shurlds at 573-1201, ext 1601, or Nancy_Shurlds@charleston.k12.sc.us.

The Lowcountry Highrollers are finishing out their home season Saturday with a Halloween twist amid a battle for national rankings at Night of the Living Roller Girls.

The Highrollers All-Stars will be welcoming the River City Roller Girls’ A-team, Poe’s Punishers, from Richmond, Va., for the headlining bout at 6 p.m. Come early a catch the Highrollers’ Bruisin’ Betties as they take on River City’s Uncivil Warriors at 5 p.m.

Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. at Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain St. Beer, music, fun for the kids and raffle prizes will be on tap, along with a Halloween costume contest. The College of Charleston a cappella group Chucktown Trippintones promises to keep things lively during halftime.

Admission is $10 in advance, $14 at the door. Children 10 and younger get in free. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Teen Health Leadership Program, a collaboration between St. John’s High School and the Medical University of South Carolina to promote health literacy, leadership and careers for minority students.

Go to www.lowcountryhighrollers.com.

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