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Spotlight Studios for the Performing Arts

announces the auditions for

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Puffs

of Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic

by Matt Cox

Auditions:

WHEN:
  • Friday March 13, 6-8pm
  • Sat March 14, 10am-Noon
  • Sunday March 15, 6-8pm
  • (If you are unable to attend the above dates email johnb@spotlightarts.com for an audition appointment)
WHERE: At Spotlight Studios, 3 Railroad Street in Fairport

This production is open to all performers grades 4-12 from the area!

PERFORMANCES:

May 29-31, 2020 at Spotlight Studios for the Performing Arts in Fairport

BRING:

  • Completed Audition Form and Conflicts Sheet (download below)
  • A headshot or school picture, which will not be returned
  • A resume, if available

PREPARE:

Choose TWO monologues from the audition packet to prepare and be ready to read at the audition. Scene packets can be downloaded from here: Audition Scenes.

REHEARSALS:

Use the audition form to fill out all potential rehearsals. Please be detailed. A rehearsal schedule will be created from these conflicts. A detailed schedule will be distributed after casting takes place. Cast members must attend all Mandatory Rehearsals.

There is NO cost for this production. Those interested must audition to be in this production. Cast members will be asked to seek out sponsors if possible.

QUESTIONS:

585-305-4767 (leave a message and your call will be returned) or email johnb@SpotlightArts.com

Hope to see you at the audition!

LOCATION:

All auditions, rehearsals and performances take place at:
Spotlight Studios of Fairport
3 Railroad Street
Fairport, NY 14450

Please pay attention to posted "No Parking" signs. Do NOT park in front of a blue storage unit door.

DESCRIPTION:

For seven years a certain boy wizard went to a certain Wizard School and conquered evil. This, however, is not his story. This is the story of the Puffs, who just happened to be there too. A tale for anyone who has never been destined to save the world, Puffs: or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic is the Off-Broadway comedy by Matt Cox that follows a group of well-meaning magical misfits during the times of that certain boy wizard. Discover the hilarious and untold story of the “losers” who embrace being badgers and strive to be “third or nothing!”

Some people are born to do great things. Some people change the world. Some people rise from humble beginnings to beat back the forces of darkness in the face of insurmountable odds. "PUFFS" is the story of the people who sit in class next to those people. And badgers.

CHARACTERS:

WAYNE HOPKINS (male)
The hero. Totally uncool, but full of charm and heart. Loyal to a tee. Likes comic books and video games, knows nothing about magic or this weird magic world he is now a part of. Best friends with Oliver and Megan.

OLIVER RIVERS (male)
One of the main trio. Incredibly smart and cerebral, he is a math wiz, and proud of it; lovingly a nerd from New Jersey. After ending up at wizarding school, he finds out he isn’t the top of his class, and instead begins a fantastical journey of friendship and even some love, better than any algebra class could ever promise. Real comic chops, incredibly appealing, youthful.

MEGAN JONES (female)
One of the main trio; begins the show by only desiring to live up to her mother’s reputation: a dark wizard currently in Wiz Priz for being such a bad-ass Death Buddy in her youth. Favorite store: Hot Topic. Favorite color: black. Over time, her tough veneer begins to soften, as a budding romance with Oliver becomes apparent. Defiant and headstrong on the surface, the audience begins to see that her adamance of being completely unique and independent really stems from her desire to be loved and accepted.

NARRATOR (either)
The narrator of the story. She/he guides us through our entire show of Puffy-ness. British accent. Must be a great storyteller, as she/he must keep the audience engaged and updated on all the goings-on. Can be a bit of a know-it-all, but still relatable and appealing. Comedy skills a must, improv background is a plus. Any ethnicity/cultural background.

ERNIE MAC (male) and A VERY TALL MAN / SEAMUS / A CERTAIN POTIONS TEACHER / PROFESSOR TURBAN / GHOST HISTORY TEACH / PROFESSOR LOCKY / MR. NICK / SAL / SECOND HEADMASTER / REAL MR. MOODY
Requires an actor capable of doing strong impressions. Ernie Mac: Proud. Loud. Pretty sure he’s the best. Male Teachers: Potions Teacher/ Locky/ Professor Turban/ Mr. Moody. All impressions. Strong comedic ability. (Impressions: Rickman/ Branagh/Gleeson/Whoever played Quirrell in the movie)

HANNAH (female) and FIRST HEADMASTER / PROFESSOR McG / PROFESSOR SPROUTTY / XAVIA JONES / PROFESSOR LANNY / RUNES TEACH / MS. BABBLE
Requires playing several different roles back to back, so the ability to play a variety of character types a plus. Hannah: Shy. Very shy. Female Teachers: Professor McG, Professor Plants, Professor T, Bath Babbles. Adults of all kinds of different personalities. (Maggie Smith impression for McG.)

J. FINCH FLETCHLEY (male) and UNCLE DAVE / GOYLE / A FAT FRIAR / CLUMSY LONGBOTTOM / HERMEOONE #3 / VIKTOR / MR. BAGMAN / ZACH SMITH
Improvisational skills a plus. Boyish & fun. Chipper and happy except, when his life is in mortal danger.

LEANNE (female) and GINNY / HELGA / FRENCHY
A little distant. A little random. Is possibly a genius or really, really stupid. But has a really strong heart. The Puffiest of the Puffs.

SALLY PERKS (female) and HERMEOONE / BLONDO MALFOY / ROWENA / RITA SCOOTER / BIPPY
Sally: Nice. In year 3, goes through a bit of a growth spurt that attracts the other student’s attention, if you know what I mean. Bippy: A house elf. Devoted. Loyal. Kind of annoying.

SUSIE BONES (female) and HARRY / COLIN / HERMEOONE #2 / RIC GRYFF / MYRTLE
Susie: Sad. Gloomy. Think Eeyore from “Winnie the Pooh.” Constantly in fear of her or her family dying. Harry: Young, plucky, and famous. Struts around school like he owns it. Gets into a few wacky situations, but it’s nothing the bonds of friendship can’t overcome.

CEDRIC (male) and MR. VOLDY
An appealing comic actor to play the pivotal roles of Cedric in Act I and Mr. Voldy in Act II. Cedric: A champion. Athletic, winning, popular, and charming. Everyone’s favorite, but still loyal, patient, and kind. A leading example of a Puff. Mr. Voldy: Evil. Like, reeeaaally evil. Wants to rule the world in shadows and darkness and terror. (Or, ya know, just an amazing Ralph Fiennes impression.)

DEATH BUDDIES
To be played by all.

585-305-4767
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Spotlight Studios for the Performing Arts • 3 Railroad St, Fairport, NY • Email: johnb@SpotlightArts.com • Phone: 585-305-4767