Just ask George Lucas or Peter Jackson, and they'll confirm that telling an epic three-part story is a lot of work — surely too much for one man. But that's exactly what Charlie Ross is all about. Last year he brought us the Star Wars trilogy in its entirety in a one-man show, and this year he's delivering a timely rendition of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, condensing Middle-Earth and all its inhabitants into a single performance. “It's more challenging physically, there are more characters to portray, and my impressions are much better," Ross says, commenting on the increased difficulty of going from Star Wars to LOTR. He says his process involves countless hours spent watching the films and poring over books about them, followed by script writing and exhaustive rehearsal, slowly whittling down twelve hours of material into seventy minutes. But for Ross, it's all a labor of love.
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"It's the disenfranchised-youth story that we relate to. The fact that adventure comes to the front door of Luke Skywalker or Frodo Baggins is something we can find appealing. Ultimately, the unlikely heroes strike a blow at the oppressive forces in the universe, and, well, who wouldn't want that opportunity? It's awesome!"
You can catch Charlie Ross's One-Man Lord of the Rings show December 27 and 28 at 8 p.m. at the Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons Street in Lone Tree; tickets are $36. For more information, visit www.lonetreeartscenter.org.
Thu., Dec. 27, 8 p.m.; Fri., Dec. 28, 8 p.m., 2012