Put A Ring On It: Audiences Love WHS Drama Guild’s ‘The Hobbit’

WILMINGTON, MA – The Wilmington High School Lamplighters performed “The Hobbit,” a one-act adaption of JRR Tolkien’s famous novel, at this weekend’s Massachusetts Education Theater Guild’s High School Festival.

Wilmington traveled to Chelmsford High School all-day Saturday, where it performed alongside Acton Boxboro Regional High School, Lexington Christian Academy, Georgetown High School, Worcester Academy, North Middlesex Regional High School, Medford High School, and Chelmsford.

While Wilmington wasn’t fortunate enough to be one of the three schools to advance past the preliminary rounds, its cast and crew earned a boatload of awards.

  • Jeremy Frost, Jim Lawrenson, Shannon Sullivan, Izzy Richards and Tristyn Suprenant all received All-Star Acting Awards.
  • Mei Lu Barnum and Natalie Lafleur received technical awards in Costume Design.
  • Cristina Cheng received a technical award in Prop Design.

Every student associated with the play deserves high praise.

Theatre teacher and drama club advisor Jason Luciana tweeted, “Congratulations to the amazing company of the Hobbit, who made our festival performance one of a kind and wonderful.”

The play’s director, Kaitlyn Chantry, tweeted, “Peter Jackson did it in 8 hours. We did it in 38 minutes. #beyondbelief”

The Lamplighters aren’t done with “The Hobbit” quite yet.  The students will be delivering an encore performance at the International Thespian Society Festival held at Tewksbury Memorial High School this Saturday, March 7.

The Lamplighters will also be performing the play for fifth graders at the North on Friday morning.

The students have already preformed for children at the Wilmington Memorial Library and Tewksbury Public Library last month, in addition to previewing the play to the general public last Wednesday night at the Wilmington Middle School.

As “The Hobbit” performances wind down, auditions for the WHS spring production of Hamlet are scheduled to begin this week.

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