Drama club production will present 'Puffs'
PENN YAN--The Penn Yan Academy Drama Club will stage its fall production of Puffs, Or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic by Matt Cox, this weekend.
Everyone knows the story of a certain "boy wizard" and his time at a certain "famous magic school." Puffs, however, is not that story. It is the story of the Puffs, who were there too.
While a certain famous magical trio were off having their adventures, another trio of friends was also being formed. Wayne Hopkins (senior Collin Cummings) discovers that he is a wizard and heads off to wizard school, convinced that it is his chance to finally be the "Chosen One." He befriends two other outcasts, Oliver (senior Jacob Eskildsen), who wishes magic school could be more like regular school and Megan Jones (junior Amelia LeVea), the daughter of a famous dark witch who wants nothing more than to follow in her mother's super-evil footsteps. The three friends find themselves in the Puff house, a group who seems destined to be nothing more than background characters in other more interesting stories. The narrator (sophomore Massan Jensen) tells the story of these three seemingly unimportant people as they navigate seven extremely eventful years at magic school.
Wayne, Oliver and Megan are surrounded by a lovable, though fairly pathetic, group of misfits including Ernie Mac (freshman Johnathan Shaw), Hannah (freshman Emmaleigh Stempien), J. Finch (freshman Garrett Hilton), Sally Perks (senior McKelvie Jensen), Susie Bones (freshman Sophia Smith), Leanne (junior Riley Dallos) and Cedric (junior Lee Miller), the one Puff people actually know. The story also features Emilie Trab, Lenitza Ochoa, Natasha Rivers, Mary Gulick, Meredith Hanley, Skyann Morgan, Samantha Trank, Emma Schaffer, Isabel Campbell and Vanessa Martinez, all of whom give life to many different characters throughout the show.
While fans of the "boy wizard" will go crazy at this funny tribute to a cultural phenomenon, no knowledge of the book or movie trilogy is needed. It is, at its heart, a story of the underdog and what it really means to leave your mark on the world.
Puffs, directed by PYA Choir and Theatre teacher Jessica Kinsey and PYA English teacher Brian Cobb and stage managed by sophomore Casey Marcellus, will run Friday, Oct. 25 through Sunday, Oct. 27 at the PYA Auditorium.
Friday and Saturday shows will begin at 7 p.m., with a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m.
Pre-sale tickets are available at Longs' Cards and Books, Milly's Pantry, Pinckney Hardware, or online at http://pyadrama.booktix.com for $9 for students/seniors and $10 for adults. Tickets can also be purchased at the door for $10 for students/seniors and $11 for adults.
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