Puffs, or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic is a 2015 original play by New York-based playwright Matt Cox. The play is a comedic retelling of the Harry Potter book series by J.K. Rowling, but from the perspective of the “Puffs”. The show has been praised for its comedy and staging. It was nominated for the Off-Broadway Alliance Award for “Best Unique Theatrical Experience” in 2017.
A Narrator addresses the audience and begins to tell a tale about a young, orphaned boy with a scar in the shape of a lightning bolt, but dismisses the boy’s story to introduce another orphan named Wayne who lives with his uncle Dave in New Mexico. One day, an owl drops a letter in Wayne’s living room telling him that he has been invited to “a certain school of magic and magic.” His uncle quickly tells him that his parents were wizards before rushing him to the train station. Wayne is then taken to the magic school and finds himself in a sorting ceremony in which students are sorted into different houses: “Braves,” “Smarts,” and “Snakes”. Wayne tells another student how nervous he is and ponders if he has enough personality to be sorted. The student is revealed to be the orphan boy from the beginning who then sorted into the Brave house. The hat sorts Wayne in the “Puff” category. This is their story….
Classes are held on Mondays from 6 pm – 9 pm.
This is an audition in class. Please see below about additional dates and extended times as we get closer to the actual performances as well as audition information. Please make sure the scheduled performance dates are available dates for your students before registering.
- Thursday, March 31 @ 7 pm
- Friday, April 1 @ 7 pm
- Saturday, April 2 @ 2 pm & 7 pm
This is an advanced class for students serious about theatre and improving their skills.
See Tuition Rates. The first monthly tuition payment will be charged on Aug. 1 or the date of registration (whichever comes first). Those accepted into the program will continue to be charged a monthly tuition amount through Feb 2022.
Those not accepted into the program will be refunded any specific tuition paid towards the Advanced Theatre class (only). Adjustments will be made to monthly tuition based on other registrations.
A registration fee will be assessed at the time of registration. A performance fee will be assessed on Oct. 1, 2021. This fee includes a performance t-shirt, DVD, 2 tickets and costume cleaning/rental fees. Note: Sibling registration and performance fees are discounted. See Tuition page for details.
This program is for serious students. Specific requirements may be placed on other roles. See casting for information.
Class Meeting Dates
Aug 30, Sept 13, 20, 27; Oct 4, 11, 18, 25; Nov 8, 15, 22, 29; Dec 6, 13; Jan 10, 17, 24, 31; Feb 7, 14, 26, 28; March 7, 14, 22, 26, 28, 30, 31; April 1, 2
ALL classes are held Wednesdays from 6 pm – 9 pm EXCEPT as follows:
- Saturday, Feb 26 (1:00 pm – 5:00 pm)
- Monday, Feb 28 (5:00 pm – 9:00 pm)
- Monday, March 7 (5:00 pm – 9:00 pm)
- Monday, March 14 (5:00 pm – 9:00 pm)
- Monday, March 22 (5:00 pm – 9:00pm)
- Saturday, March 26 (1:00 pm – 5:00 pm)
- Monday, March 28 (5:00 pm – 9:00 pm)
- Wednesday, March 30 (5:00 pm – 9:00 pm)
Note: All rehearsals are important. Students/Parents will be asked to provide a conflict list at auditions. If students are excused, they are expected to learn any material they missed. Since this class moves quickly, all students are expected to memorize songs, lines, choreography and blocking by the due dates set by the Directors. The mandatory dress rehearsals are Feb. 26, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 26, 29, 30
All Students must be registered for Puffs to audition.
August 4, 16 & 17
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Call Backs- August 21 & 23 (By Invitation Only)
*Register for an “Advanced” Audition. You will be auditioning with students who are also auditioning for Footloose. So, if you are interested in both, you only need to do one audition. However, if you are auditioning for both, please prepare 2 different monologues in order to show your strengths for each show. Since this is an advanced class, we expect that all students will do their homework in terms of understanding the different characters (beyond “the leads”). Plan to stay for the entire 2 hours.
- Prepare a 1 minute monologue
- Fill out the Audition Form. Bring it, along with a small photo. (If a resume/headshot is available, please bring that along with the Audition Form). The audition form will be provided to registered students.
Preparing for Auditions:
This an “audition in” class at Not Just Dance. If you’d like to ensure your students participation in a class/performance, please register for one of our other classes. All students who register for this class recognize that they may or may not be cast in the production
If you have a conflict with the audition dates/times, please let us know at the time of registration. We will set up a separate audition for you.
Puffs Cast Descriptions
- A Very Tall Man
- Seamus Finnagan
- A Certain Potions Teacher
- Professor Turban
- Ghost History Teach
- Uncle Dave
- A Fat Friar
- Clumsy Longbottom
- Hermeoone #3
- Hermeoone #1
- Blondo Malfoy
- Rita Scooter
- Zach Smith
- Real Mr. Moody
- 1st Headmaster
- Professor McG
- Professor Sproutty
- Xavia Jones
- Professor Lanny
- Runes Teach
- Mr. Bagman
- Ms. Babble
- Professor Locky
- Mr. Nick
- Hermeoone #2
- Ric Gryff
- 2nd Headmaster