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Meet the cast of THE HOBBIT!

Quincy Community Theatre announced the cast for its upcoming production of The Hobbit. The show runs October 19-22.

Before The Lord of the Rings, there was The Hobbit. Join Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf and Thorin Oakenshield on their legendary quest to reclaim the dwarves’ ancestral home from the sinister dragon Smaug. From the Shire, to the Battle of the Five Armies, to deep underground—where a twisted creature guards his “precious” ring—Bilbo’s journey through Middle-earth abounds with peril, unparalleled adventure, and a healthy helping of Hobbit humor.

The Main Stage Student Theatre Play is under the direction of guest director, David A. VanCleave.

“As a guest director from out of town, I never know what to expect at auditions. What I found at QCT was an overwhelming amount of support and talent from all ages and experience levels,” said VanCleave. “The 19 actors joining us on this adventure are simply magical. I cannot wait for audiences to see their friends, neighbors, coworkers, and students transform into hobbits, dwarves, goblins, dragons, and more.”

The Hobbit features a robust cast of 19 students and adults, including several making their QCT and/or stage debut! The cast includes Ava Kaelke as Bilbo, Helen Smith as Thorin, Olivia Jones as Gandalf, Alec Eaton as Gollum, Sage Mann as Smaug, Liberty Daffron as Balin, Gabby Jones as Gloin, Kellan Wiewel as Bombur, Lydia Marie Duesterhaus at Dwalin, Alexander Guegel as Oin/Bard, Hadley Garner as Bifur, Anlee Jones as Bofur, Cecelia Wayland as Dori/Captain, Marissa Rabe as Ori, Emma VanDeVelde as Nori, Quinton Miller as Fili, Julian Holt as Kili, Jerilyn Dufresne as Dork/Goblin King, and Jen Shackleton as Doof/Maxwell.

The production team of The Hobbit includes Gretchen Wolfmeyer as Stage Manager, Cecilia Bruening and Logan Mulch as Assistant Stage Managers, Natalie Rose Mabry as Scenic Designer, Bryan Zipp as Lighting Designer, Casey Mercurio as Costume Designer, Dan Stephens and Randy Wolfmeyer as Specialty Props Artisans and Steve Looten, Jr. as Fight Choreographer.

Flex pass holders may reserve tickets starting Wednesday, September 13, and tickets go on sale on Monday, September 25. The performance times are October 19-21 at 7:30 PM and October 22 at 2 PM. Seating is reserved. Additionally, there will be a student preview for area schools on October 17. Teachers may enter for tickets at

An interactive Discovery Night for The Hobbit will be held Tuesday, October 10 at 6 PM at QCT. The free event will give participants a view into the production process and culminate with a preview of a rehearsal! In addition, immediately following the Friday, October 20 performance, there will be a Q&A talkback session with the cast and crew.

For more information, visit or call the QCT Box Office, located in the Oakley-Lindsay Center, at 217.222.3209. The Hobbit is sponsored by Refreshment Services Pepsi. QCT’s 2023 Season is sponsored by Gardner Denver.

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