Travel to Middle Earth with an enchanting tale of Hobbits, wizards, dragons and one ring to rule them all as Merced County students present "The Hobbit."
The Merced County Office of Education, in partnership with the Merced Union High School District, Weaver Union School District, Winton School District, the MCOE Foundation and the California Endowment, is hosting the first Summer Performing Arts Program that will culminate in four performances of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic tale and prequel to the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy.
The play will be performed by more than 60 fifth- through eighth-grade students from Weaver Union School District and other county schools, and 15 high school students from MUHSD who are volunteering for the program.
Participating students meet from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the Golden Valley Theatre, where they take classes in set design and construction, prop building, costume design and makeup, as well as performing in the production. The classes are taught by three high school district theater instructors. The program began June 11 and runs through July 21.
"The Summer Performing Arts Program is essential to bringing an arts curriculum to students in the summertime. We hope that the community will support this and the MCOE Foundation, so we can bring this to more parts of the county next summer," said Merced County Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Steven E. Gomes.
This free program was offered through the support of the MCOE Foundation, MCOE and the California Endowment.
Performances are July 19 and 20 at 7 p.m., and July 21 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. in the Golden Valley High School Theatre. All performances are free to the public, and tickets are available for any of the performances at MCOE, at 632 W. 13th St. in Merced. For more information, call Lee Lor at (209) 381-6601 or email her at email@example.com.
Nathan Quevedo is the public information officer for the Merced County Office of Education.