McNary Theater Arts’ spring play, PUFFS, is a comedic retelling of the events of the Harry Potter series from the perspective of the Hufflepuffs. The show runs May 18-21 with performances each evening at 7 p.m.
The often forgotten home of Harry Potter gets its moment in the spotlight when McNary High School Theater Arts presents PUFFS, or: seven increasingly eventful years in a certain school of magic and magicMay 18-21.
PUFFSwritten in 2015 by Matt Cox, is the comedic account of the Harry Potter series from the Hufflepuffs point of view.
McNary theater teacher and Harry Potter fan Tom Cavanaugh thinks it’s not only fun and filled with laughs, but also has a strong message.
“Maybe you’re a supporting character in someone else’s story, but you’re still the main character in yours,” Cavanaugh said. “They are the forgotten. They always come in last place, they always get beaten, and they never really have their moment to shine, so this is their moment to shine.
Cavanaugh acknowledges that PUFFS is a fast-paced production with many light and sound cues that the cast will need to be in sync with. But he feels they have coped well with the challenges so far.
And of course there is a certain aspect of Harry Potter universe that the cast members are looking forward to.
“All the magic we can do,” said Lincoln Schott, who plays Oliver Rivers. “All the fun stuff like birds flying from the ceiling.”
Cast members also mentioned that Cox’s laid-back, informal writing style in the script sparked their interest.
Even if the spectators do not know the Harry Potter series, Kiele Jarnagan, who plays Cedric Diggory, still thinks PUFFS has something to offer.
” Simply Harry Potter and doesn’t care,” Jarnagan said. “It takes so many risks and it’s so funny. I think anyone would enjoy it even if they haven’t seen it or read the books.
And Cavanaugh sees Cox’s work as a chance for the cast to really have fun on stage.
“It’s really an opportunity for them to make some big choices and create these big, loud, crazy characters,” Cavanaugh said. “I can’t wait to see this and I’m looking forward to the audience’s reaction to a show that most of them have never even heard of, and when they hear, it’s the Harry Potter play, they will be surprised by what it really is.
These choices could be nerve-wracking, but Schott sees it all as a positive.
“There’s so much room for error, it’s the best part of acting,” Schott said. “It can be different every night. It’s a risk, and that’s where the nervousness comes from, and it really pays off when you do it right.
Victory Avalos, who plays Wayne Hopkins, sees the possibility of making a mistake as another good side of acting.
“Even if something goes wrong, you just have to keep moving forward,” Avalos said. “I feel like that’s what’s just amazing and beautiful about it.”
PUFFS opens Wednesday, May 18 at the Ken Collins Theater at McNary High School. Performances take place every evening from 7 p.m. to Saturday, May 21. Tickets are $5, presales are available at https://mcnary-theatre.ticketleap.com or at the door.