Sun Sailor Worship Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017 • Page 9 Local teens cast in upcoming Stages Theatre plays By SABINA BADOLA Six Minnetonka and Hop- kins teens have been cast in Stages Theatre’s upcoming fall productions, “Spookley the Square Pumpkin” and “The Hobbit.” Stages is a nonprofi t the- ater company that puts on shows for young audiences. Those on stage are young as well: The majority of its actors are youth aged 10-17, with only one or two adult actors per show. “We think it is very im- portant for kids that come to our shows to see other kids just like them up on stage,” said Jennifer Carr, marketing and public rela- tions manager. The company, housed in the city-owned Hop- kins Center for the Arts on Mainstreet in downtown Hopkins, has been recog- nized both nationally and regionally as a leader in children’s productions and programming. “The Hobbit” debuts Friday, Sept. 22, and runs through Sunday, Oct. 22. It is recommended for children ages 7 and up. “Spookley the Square Pumpkin,” good for Holl CONTINUED FROM PAGE 8 is an amazing story, full of (mostly) good experi- ences cycling along some of North America’s most beautiful scenery. Lots of all ages, is returning to the stage this fall due to popular demand. It opens on Friday, Sept. 29, and runs until Sun- day, Oct. 29. Tickets can be purchased at or by calling the box offi ce at 952- 979-1111. Tickets are $16 for adults and $14 for both seniors aged 60 and up and children ages 2 to 17. “The Hobbit” is based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic fantasy novel and follows the story of Bilbo Baggins’ journey with Gandalf the wizard, Master Thorin Oakenshield and a band of ragged dwarfs in the world of Middle Earth. Liam McAllister, 13, of Minnetonka plays main character and protagonist Bilbo Baggins. McAllister is in eighth grade at Hopkins West Junior High. Gavin Nienaber, 12, of Hopkins, and Annarose Woelm, 13, of Excelsior, play the dwarves Balin and Kili respectively. Nienaber is homeschooled and Woelm is an eighth-grader at Min- netonka Middle School West. Aymara Johnson, 11, of Chanhassen, plays Doof and is part of the ensemble. She also attends MMW. interesting characters (in- cluding some wild ones), and a lifetime of stories ... All in all, I found [the book] to be a fascinating, albeit a bit of a scary read. There are a lot of good les- sons here on how to make a trip like this (and maybe a few lessons on how to NOT (PHOTO PROVIDED BY STAGES THEATRE COMPANY) Sophie Farrell (middle), a Hopkins West Junior High student, will star in “Spookley the Square Pumpkin” for the second time this fall. Ronan Guevera (left) and Maia Hernandez (right) play the charac- ters, Alan and Edgar. “Spookley the Square Pumpkin” follows the story of the pumpkin’s personal discovery of self-worth. Spookley is teased by the other pumpkins in his patch because of his odd shape, but becomes friends with three spiders who convince him to run for the “Pick of the Patch” contest on the farm. Spookley is uncertain he was what it takes to enter the contest, but a threaten- ing storm may bring him unexpected inspiration. The production is fi lled with imaginative puppetry and musical numbers. Sophie Farrell of Hop- kins returns as Spookley. She is a Hopkins West Ju- nior High student. Bridget Miller, 13, of Hopkins, plays Poe, one of the three spiders. She is an eighth- grader at Hopkins North Junior High. Miller, who has already acted in fi ve Stages Theatre productions, said, “Being in a Stages production never gets old, so I am excited and PHOTO PROVIDED BY STAGES THEATRE COMPANY) thankful to have another Liam McAllister, 13, of Minnetonka, plays the main character and opportunity to perform in protagonist in J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit.” He is an eighth grader at Hopkins West Junior High. Spookley.” make a trip like this?) I am amazed that a non-cyclist could pull off this feat.” Copies of the book are available for purchase in both paperback and ebook formats via the author’s website, downhillsdont- There are links there to sales pages on major book websites. About the Author Jerry Holl is an indepen- dent business consultant, professional speaker and weekend warrior. He holds an engineering degree, an MBA and has more than three decades of sales and leadership experience. In addition to writing, Holl enjoys travel and outdoor adventures, in- cluding skiing and back- packing. He has also done some commercial role-play work, having appeared in advertisements for such companies as Health Part- ners, Medtronic, FedEx, Thompson Reuters and Pioneer Seeds. Jerry resides in Minne- sota with his wife and has three grown children. Holl will be at Gear West at 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 21, 1786 W. 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