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Some people are born with the capacity to do great things, defeat the forces of darkness, and change the world. Puffs is about kids who sit next to those people in class. Farmingdale High School Playcrafters presented the Harry Potter parody Puffs, or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic, on March 18th. The play follows the lives of wizard classmates who weren't in the limelight.

“After last year’s drama, 12 Angry Jurors, I wanted to produce a comedy,” said theater teacher and director Glen Beck. “Upon racking my brain and reading numerous play scripts, Puffs rose to the top as the ideal choice.”

Glen Beck cast the entire show twice. Cast E performed evening shows on March 18th and 19th. The clast included: Sara Hughes (narrator), Luke Pichichero (Wayne Hopkins), Ryan Sweeney (Oliver Rivers), Megan Dreher (Megan Jones), Robert Silverstein (Ernie Mac), Gabriella Pace (Hannah), Victor Dreher (J, Finch Fletchley), Trinity Babino (Sally Perks), Gabriella Stein (Leanne), Alexa Nazario (Susie Bones) and Eamonn McLoughlin (Cedric). Cast M performed morning, and matinee shows on March 17th and 19th. The clast included: Rebecca Kenjesky (narrator), Thomas Haggerty (Wayne Hopkins), Ryan Marbit (Oliver Rivers), Lily Scalfani (Megan Jones), Alex Consentino (Ernie Mac), Allison Banz (Hannah), Clay Bany (J, Finch Fletchley), Emma Graziadei (Sally Perks), Kaylin Cleere (Leanne), Kairi Knudsen (Susie Bones) and Josh Viera (Cedric). Rounding out the casts playing three or more roles: Griffin Buksa, Lucia Assalone, Ava Lanot, Nova Bulin, Jenna Hammelman, Joanna Posillico, Nicole Varriale, Shea Hoitidis, Ben Hoffman, Jordan Rosenberg, Addison Moller, Emily Gaba, Victoria Morra, and Isabella Winter.

“This is about those lovable losers, the Puffs,” said theater teacher and director Glen Beck. “You do not need to be a “Potterhead” to appreciate the story and its message, be proud of who you are. And I could not be more proud of my student performers and crew members.”

Puffs is Glen Beck’s fifth production with the Playcrafters. He’s joined by Jamie Capasso and Erik Chocianowski, who head set design and construction. Heads of the student crew include Kiley Cacace and Carly Paine (assistant directors), Katherine Marino (production stage manager), Dominic DiBartolo, and Frank Sferlazza (assistant stage managers). Kayla Kubelka and Hudson Malanowski (heads of construction/backstage managers). Louis Badler and Sarah Morrison (heads of lighting). James Hammelman and Isabella Mountrichas (heads of sound). Jordan Harley and Gavin Irvine (heads of props). Vanessa Espinosa and Amanda Treulich (heads of costumes). Audrey Anderson and Ava Golio (heads of makeup/hair). Courtney Cameron and Juliet Hutchinson (heads of paint). Gianna Didio and Matteo Laurino (house managers).

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. The play premiered at The People's Improv Theater on December 3, 2015.


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