OPENS FRIDAY, MARCH 19, 2010

(Phoenix) Ė Valley Youth Theatre presents The Hobbit, weekends from Friday, March 19th through Sunday, April 4th at VYTís theatre in downtown Phoenix, 525 N. First St. (southeast corner of First and Fillmore Streets). Valley Youth Theatre is an award-winning professional theatre company for audiences of all ages. This production of The Hobbit is a dramatized version of the book by J.R.R. Tolkien, author of the Lord of the Rings books which are now a popular movie trilogy by Director Peter Jackson.

Before Frodoís famous journey to destroy the Ring, Bilbo Baggins lived his own adventure with the legendary wizard Gandalf. Based on Tolkienís story, Bilbo battles evil and danger in this prequel to the popular ďLord of the RingsĒ movies. J.R.R. Tolkienís The Hobbit dramatized by Patricia Gray. This dramatization of The Hobbit is authorized by Professor J.R.R. Tolkien and produced by arrangement with The Dramatic Publishing Company.

Directed by Jessica Graeber, VYTís Director of Education & Outreach, The Hobbit runs March 19 through April 4th, 2010 at Valley Youth Theatre. Performance times are: Fridays at 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. and Sundays at 12:30pm and 4:00pm Tickets are $18 per person, adults and children, and can be ordered through Valley Youth Theatreís box office at 602-253-8188. For more information about Valley Youth Theatre visit us online at

About Valley Youth Theatre

Named by the Arizona Republic as The Best Place to Become a Future Star, Valley Youth Theatre is a world-class, nationally recognized non-profit organization that targets young people age 7 Ė 19 for participation in and attendance at quality live theatre productions. VYTís mission is to inspire young people to be the best that they can be by providing them with lifelong lessons through a wide range of performing arts opportunities. VYT is an award-winning theatre company whose Alum include American Idol, Jordin Sparks and Broadway Star, Max Crumm, Movie Star, Emma Stone and the Disney Channelís Chelsea Staub. Valley Youth Theatre is supported in part by the Arizona Commission on the Arts with funding from the State of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts. Partial funding also is provided by the Phoenix Arts Commission through appropriations from the Phoenix City Council. Valley Youth Theatre is a member of Theatre Communications Group, the national organization for the American Theatre. For more information, visit



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