PUFFS packs magic and laughs at OAHS

This November, Orcutt Academy High School Drama presents PUFFS, a play about ‘ certain school of magic’where a boy named Harry attends. This story, however, is not Harry’. This is the story of the Puffs: the group of overly optimistic outcasts who always come in last place for the ‘ouse Cup’ Written by Matt Cox, and presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, this 90-ish minute fast-paced comedy is sure to charm audiences.

The play follows the seven years Wayne Hopkins, a nobody from New Mexico, attends magic school--the same years another, more famous boy wizard, attends. Adventures begin when Wayne befriends Megan Jones, a goth-wannabe from England, and Oliver Rivers, a math savant from Lompoc. The trio encounter trolls, giant snakes, soul-sucking security guards, a school dance (gasp!), lots of adult butter beverages (double gasp!), and one seriously evil wizard (you may be out of gasps for him, but here it is--triple gasp!). Wayne hopes to make a name for himself and become the hero of the school, but with everyone talking about a boy named Harry, Wayne is left to feel like the supporting character in his own hero’ journey.

Orcutt Academy Drama Director Michael Shaw says PUFFS explores the awkwardness and emotions all teens experience during their formative years. He says to be a Puff means to be inclusive, loving, and fiercely loyal, something the cast and crew strive to exude in this show. He adds, “his show is both hysterical and heartfelt. The writing is laugh-out-loud funny and ensures there’ a laugh every minute. It also carries an emotional punch that reminds us of the value each person brings to this world.”

As a longtime fan of that famous wizard series, Shaw shares he has enjoyed unpacking the play with his students and has tucked a lot of “aster eggs”throughout the show. Those unfamiliar with the book and film franchises will also enjoy the show due to its zany characters and 90s pop icon references. Shaw warns some of the humor is directed at older audiences, so it is best to leave younger witches and wizards at home.

Tickets are now available from the OAHS Business office and at Orcutt’ Old Town Market. The show runs November 14-16. Tickets are $10 for regular seats and $20 for VIP seats. VIP seats include the "intermission experience" where guests will mingle with some familiar characters from the show and enjoy a tasty treat. Seating is limited and tickets will not be sold at the door.