Skyline Theatre to present the magical misfits of ‘Puffs’ this weekend

The Puffs (left to right): Huck Amick as J. Finch Fletchley, Jack Dunmire as Ernie Mac, Benji Davidoff as Oliver Rivers, Ronan Gilmore as Wayne Hopkins, MIa Vaconsin as Megan Jones, Gia Falcicchio-Wall as Sally Perks, Grace Oh-Lee as Hanna, Olivia Palmbos as Leanne, and Dre Jenkins as Cedric. Photo by Brodie H. Brockie.

This weekend, Skyline Theatre is ready to whisk audiences away to a magical world of wizards. But this isn’t the story of a cursed child with a scar on his forehead and it isn’t the place to find fantastic beasts. It’s “Puffs, or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic.”

Puffs is the story of Wayne Hopkins, an orphan boy who learns he’s a wizard just before heading off to wizarding school where suspects he may have an important destiny (he doesn’t); Oliver Rivers, a frustrated student who doesn’t understand why wizards don’t have to learn math; and Megan Jones, the daughter of an evil witch who feels conflicted between following her mother’s legacy or fitting in where a talking hat sorted her. Their friends are the Puffs, a collection of misfits who no one expects very much out of, but who face every adversity with determination and an upbeat attitude.

“Puffs” is directed by Anne-Marie Roberts and Brodie H. Brockie, technical director is Chris Zinger, and Roberts produces.

“This is a hilarious play with a non-stop barrage of jokes, but it also had a lot of heart,” said Brockie. “These characters want so badly to be important to the world that they almost miss the many ways they are important to each other.”

About 25 students make up the cast of young wizards, school faculty, death buddies, and more. Backstage, about the same number built the set, props, and help with the many magical special (and sometimes hilariously not-so-special) effects to life.

Performances are Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30 at 7:30 PM, and Sunday, May 1 at 2 p.m. All performances are in the Skyline High School Auditorium, 2552 N. Maple Rd.

Click here for tickets, and search for “Skyline Theatre.”

At intermission, the crew willl be collecting donations for the Southeast Michigan chapter of GLSEN—an organization that works to end bullying and harassment against LGBTQ+ youth in schools. 

“Puffs” is a stage play written by Matt Cox as a transformative & transfigured work under the magic that is US Fair Use laws. Puffs is not authorised, sanctioned, licensed or endorsed by J.K Rowling, Warner Bros. or any person or company associated with the Harry Potter books, films or play.

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