brings considerable theatrical experience to our classroom having
performed with both Central Park Players (School House Rock
and Monsters in the Closet) and Muskegon Civic Theatre
(Peter Pan and The King and I). She also preformed
as Marta in the GHHS production of The Sound of Music. Before
moving to Grand Haven, Molly lived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Molly, 11, would like to thank her dad for getting her into acting
as well as Norma Bethke and Judy Johnson for helping her along the
way. Molly would like to become a professional actress/singer after
she attends college. She believes her experiences in theater will
give her an edge at such a career. We do, too.
Hobbit name: Lila Bunce of Brockenborings
accepted the challenge of the role of Thorin because he thought
the play would be a lot of fun to be in. His favorite subjects are
social studies and art. Brody likes to play football and soccer
and aspires to be a football announcer. He feels he would be a natural
at this since football is one of his favorite topics of conversation
and he describes himself as talkative. Good luck, Brody. Although
we may have to wait a few years, we’ll be looking for you
on Monday nights!
Hobbit name: Sancho Foxburr of Loamsdown
Gandalf the Wizard
SARAH is 11 years old and has a younger
sister who attends Ferrysburg Elementary. She loves to ski and swim
and wanted to be in this play to see how good she is at acting.
Sarah’s previous stage experience includes several dance recitals.
Sarah loves to read and looks forward to silent reading time in
the classroom. Sarah aspires to be an interior designer and currently
dabbles in it in her own bedroom. Sarah may play a wizard but she
insists she is nothing like her character. "Okay," she
admits, "maybe a little."
Hobbit name: Prisca Chubb
CHRIS enjoys drawing monsters and skiing.
He thought being in the play sounded exciting and he really likes
the character he plays. Chris loves cute reptiles such as turtles,
lizards, and frogs "which are amphibians." Chris’s
favorite subject is art because he is a good artist and it is fun
doing projects. Chris is 10 years old and has a younger brother
and two pets. Although he recently moved into a new house, Chris
has lived in the Grand Haven area all of his life. Chris’s
previous stage experience includes choir concerts.
Hobbit name: Mungo Chubb
loves to skateboard and would like to own a skateboard shop in
the future. His rationale is that he can skate board whenever
he wants to and make lots of money at it at the same time. Sounds
great! Ben helps his family around the house by mowing the lawn
and keeping his room clean. Ben is 11 years old and has 1 brother,
1 sister and 4 pets.
Hobbit name: Todo Bumbleroot of Fair
BAYLEE’S favorite subjects are math and music. She
enjoys playing the cello and is currently the only cellist in
the fifth grade orchestra. Baylee is 10 years old and has one
older sister, one younger sister and one younger brother. Baylee
also enjoys playing soccer and participating in gymnastics. She
has been a member of Destination Imagination (DI) for the past
three years. Although Baylee would like to be a professional soccer
player, she thinks going to college to become a veterinarian would
be fun. Baylee thinks being in The Hobbit will be a great
experience for her. We think you’re right!
Hobbit name: Polly Chubb
is actively involved in soccer; he is a talented player
and was even nominated to play for the USA 11-year-old soccer
team! Alec’s dream is to become a professional soccer player
and from what we see on the playground he has the speed and the
goal kick already mastered. He has 2 dogs named Moose and Cocoa
as well as a lizard named Spike. Alec wanted to be in a play this
year and we are certainly glad that his debut is in The Hobbit.
Hobbit name: Fard Loamsdown of Deep
REBECCA was born in Detroit and moved to Albany before
settling in Spring Lake all before her Kindergarten year. Rebecca
is an avid reader and a dancer. She plays both violin and cornet,
AND she regularly competes in the sport of speed-skating! Rebecca
wanted to be in The Hobbit so she can work on her acting
abilities and polish her skills in order to speak comfortably
in front of people later in life. Rebecca aspires to become a
lawyer and feels she would be good at this job since she always
speaks the truth. We think Rebecca is headed for Washington and
she’ll make us all proud when she’s in the White House.
Hobbit name: Lila Grubb
ALLIE is not new
to the stage having performed in Once Upon a Mattress. Allie
also delighted the audience by singing in the talent show twice
during the last few years. Her favorite subjects are music and
art. She enjoys drawing and playing tennis. Allie would like to
be a singer when she grows up. She loves "tiny, little things"
and stuffed animals. Allie is eleven years old and has 3 younger
brothers and three pets.
Hobbit name: Daisy Frumblefoot
TOMMY likes to
make messes! He helps his family by cleaning up (good thing) and
doing yard work. Tommy acquired his stage experience by performing
in the elaborate Glory of Easter pageant production at
his church. Tommy wanted to be in this play because he could play
Dork and argue with his twin brother Kenny, playing Doof, without
getting into trouble from his parents. Tommy wants to be a professional
basketball player and looks to start his career by being a part
of the fifth grade boys' basketball team.
Hobbit name: Moro Hardbottle
KENNY is 10 years old and has a twin brother playing the
part of Dork, an older brother and an older sister. He likes art
and reading. His favorite books are the Series of Unfortunate
Events by Lemony Snicket. He wanted to be in this play because
he also enjoyed reading The Hobbit and thought acting
out the scenes would be fun. Kenny would like to be a carpenter
when he grows up. He believes he would be good at it because he
really likes to "build stuff." Kenny’s stage experience
includes being in The Glory of Easter at Spring Lake
Hobbit name: Marmadd Hardbottle
in Memphis and Nashville, Tennessee, before moving to Spring Lake.
This is his first year at Lake Hills and he has been a great addition
to our school. Michael helps his family at home by keeping his
baby sister Emma happy. He is good at math and music and wants
to pursue the music circuit as a career so he can become a star!
He would also like to investigate the "video game testing"
industry because he is a master of video games. In the interim
he is interested in finding a few more friends to play video games
with so that he is not bored. It’s all research...right?
Hobbit name: Berilac Loamsdown
BRENDA is not
a stranger to the stage since she has been in 6 dance recitals.
She started dancing at the age of three and has been delighting
her family and audiences with her performances ever since. Brenda
would like to go to college to become a marine biologist. She
is a good swimmer and she is interested in sea creatures. Brenda
also enjoys reading because "it gives me a chance to explore."
Brenda is 10 years old and has a dog named Zara and a cat named
Hobbit name: Bramblerose Moss
BEN is a native
of Spring Lake and enjoys the outdoors. His favorite sports are
rock climbing and hockey. Ben has been involved with hockey for
"a long time" and is always playing sports on the playground.
His favorite subjects are math and art. Ben’s past theater
experience includes a role in a Christmas play. He was born on
March 8, 1994, and has one older sister and 3 pets.
Hobbit name: Todo Small Burrows of
SARAH lived in
Minnesota before moving to Michigan. She has one younger brother
who also attends Lake Hills. Her favorite subjects are art and
science. Art is therapeutic for Sarah. She states, "I can
be creative and that is the way I express myself." Sarah’s
previous performance experience includes being in a sign language
drama act, and in a gymnastic show. Sarah loves to act and be
funny. She describes herself as kind, funny and a drama queen.
Her favorite color is bright green. Sarah sees cartooning or perhaps
being a fashion designer in her future.
Hobbit name: Prisca Bumbleroot of
BRIAN likes bike
riding and playing video games. He is happy to be included in
this production because he has wanted to be in a play since he
was 7 years old. Brian helps around the house by taking care of
his baby sister. He would like to become a monster truck driver
when he gets older. He thinks he has all the right moves to become
a great driver since he has been watching monster trucks in action
for a very long time. Brian’s favorite colors are pink,
black and red.
Hobbit name: Todo Hamwich of Buckelberry
to be a sports store manager. He feels this would be a great occupation
for him because he loves to play sports. Michael plays football
and soccer both on the recess field and in area leagues. He has
one older brother, one younger brother, a dog, and a lizard named
Stuey. He wanted to be in this play because he thought he would
be good at his part. Michael would like the audience to know that
he "gets along with just about anybody except my brothers
and anybody that likes Michigan State."
Hobbit name: Berilac Brambleburr of
is 11 years old and has lived in Spring Lake all of his
life. He is the middle child sandwiched between sisters. At this
time, Ben would like to consider a career in dentistry. He believes
since he has had a lot of experience with metal in his mouth he
is well prepared for the orthodontic aspect. Ben also states,
"I don't get sick when I look in people's mouths." We
agree with Ben that this is a very important trait for anyone
with dentistry aspirations!
Hobbit name: Todo Sandydowns
CHELSEY lived in Cedar Springs, Michigan, before moving
to Spring Lake. She is 11 years old and has an older and younger
brother. Chelsey enjoys scrapbooking, cooking, and helping her
Grandma by working in her shop. Her previous stage experience
includes a part in the production of The Bear Who Wanted to
Eat the Moon. Chelsey would like to go to college to become
a vet, possibly specializing in mice, or work in a hair salon.
Her pet mouse, Tiny, is really hoping for the veterinarian career.
Which ever path you choose Chelsey, we’re sure you’ll
Hobbit name: Azaelia Bunce of Brokens
RACHEL has been
involved with acting through the Muskegon Civic Theater program.
She would like to continue studying theater and someday be a professional
actress. Rachel enjoys art and social studies; she feels the best
thing about social studies is the chance to learn about explorers.
Rachel was a member of the fifth grade girls basketball team.
She really had a great experience and now considers basketball
to be her favorite sport. Rachel is 10 years old and has 3 sisters
and 2 pets. She describes herself as funny, nice and caring. We
Hobbit name: Tigerlilly Took of Great
ALYSSA brings years of dance experience to our stage. She
started taking dance lessons at the tender age of 2. Her training
includes ballet, jazz and tap lessons. Alyssa is currently under
the instruction of Diane’s School of Dance and a member
of their traveling dance company. We credit them for their assistance
with The Elvin Dance in our play. Alyssa’s group
has won national competitions and has had the honor of dancing
on stages in many exciting cities as well as the stages at both
Walt Disney World and Epcot Center. Alyssa would like to go to
college to become a veterinarian. She loves to handle animals.
With 4 pets of her own, she is well on her way.
Hobbit name: Rosie-Posie Sandy Banks
JESSE enjoys music.
He plays in the fifth grade band and writes, "music is cool
because we learn new notes." Jesse has previously performed
in his church play and thinks that being in The Hobbit
is a nice way to take up his time. Jesse is the middle child of
three boys. He helps his family by watching his little brother
Theo. Jesse would like to be a pro skate boarder after he graduates
from high school and has already mastered the Ollie, 50-50, and
part of a kick flip on the skateboard.
Hobbit name: Dimple Knotwise of Michel
TAYLOR is a newcomer
to Lake Hills this year. We are so happy to have him in fifth
grade. His quick smile and helpful attitude is such a nice addition
to our class. Taylor is 11 years old and has 2 brothers. He helps
his family by cleaning the cars. Taylor is rarely seen outside
without a football in his hand. He is fast on his feet and quick
at catching the ball. Taylor aspires to be a pro-football player
once he has finished college.
Hobbit name: Falco took of Great
ETHAN is 10 years
old and lived in Detroit before moving to Spring Lake. Ethan enjoys
playing chess and has attended many of our chess clinics. He also
participated in the Lake Hills Winter Chess Tournament. Ethan
has two pets, two sisters and one brother. His favorite school
subjects are music and reading. Ethan would like to look into
the possibility of becoming a truck driver because "I have
been in my dad’s truck and he taught me all of the gears."
Hobbit name: Till Hardbottle
ELLIE has been on the stage before. She was part of the
cast in the phenomenal production of The Glory of Easter
as well as a participant in various children’s musicals.
Ellie is a very talented athlete. She plays soccer, basketball,
and softball. Ellie was a member of the Lake Hills fifth grade
girls' basketball team. She helps her family by making them laugh
and doing chores. Ellie would like to go to college to become
a veterinarian because she loves animals. She would like the audience
to know that "she is a really neat person to know."
We certainly agree with you there.
Hobbit name: Camellia Sandy Banks
DEAIRRA is new to
Lake Hills this year, coming to us from Richmond, Virginia. She
loves to sing and wanted to be in this play because "even though
I had never been in a play, it seems exciting." Deairra enjoyed
being a member of the fifth grade girls' basketball team and now
considers basketball to be her favorite sport. The other school
subjects that she enjoys are math and art. Deairra helps her family
by "caring for them and giving them all of my love." We
think that’s the best gift of all.
Hobbit name: Pansy Sandy Banks of Frogmorton
is a native of Spring Lake and has one brother and one sister. He
is a very good chess player and recently participated in the Lake
Hills Winter Chess Tournament. Cody also attended all of the chess
clinics that we offered and has helped some of the other players
with chess strategies. Cody enjoys writing and learning about social
studies. He is often seen playing soccer or kickball during recess.
Cody has a great smile; look for it during the curtain call.
Hobbit name: Podo Bracegirdle of Hardbottle
KIRBY CHITTENDEN directed his first play
at the age of 12. Although it was only a backyard production, the
press showed up and he has maintained an interest in theatrical
arts ever since. He is a graduate of Grand Valley State University
with a master’s degree in elementary education. He has been
active with Central Park Players and Muskegon Civic Theatre in recent
years. Mr. Chittenden also directed the Passion play for Spring
Lake Wesleyan Church for 7 years. Hundreds of people were involved
in the annual productions that reached audiences of more than 4000.
His most recent role was in Muskegon Civic Theatre’s production
of “To Kill a Mockingbird.” He loves to relax at his
cabin, play piano, write, and spend time with his wife, Susan, and
children, Jeffrey and Shelby.