PUFFS (ONE ACT FOR YOUNG WIZARDS)
Entering Grade 6 – 12
Saturdays 3:30-5:00PM, begins Jan 30
Note: Cast call may vary due to the scenes being rehearsed
The weekend of March 19th
Video submission due by January 25th
For the audition we ask that you perform ONE of the monologues below. We encourage you to utilize your space and body movements as a part of your performance as this becomes especially important in a virtual show. It is also encouraged that the piece be memorized, however it is not a requirement.
You will also need to submit a current headshot and resume (If you have one).
Upload monologue video, headshot, and resume to the Drop Box link with your first and last name. (Please change to student’s name if that does not automatically appear.)
Note: You are encouraged to submit your audition using the laptop or computer that you will be using for the program. We require that cast not use mobile phones or iPads for rehearsals and performances as they do not have the same quality or capabilities of a computer.
MONOLOGUE ONE - LEANNE / Leanne is bubbly, excited, and so proud of her Puffness.
No! I don’t want to leave. Why is everyone always so down on us? I won’t stand for it anymore! And I won’t sit for it either. And I also won’t stand on one leg because I can’t. Watch. Anyways. Look at your hand! You have a wand! (Everyone looks at the hand that in fact does not have a wand in it.) Unless you looked at your other hand. Look at yourselves! Hannah. You used to be so awkward. And you still are, but we don’t mind anymore! Who’s that? It’s Ernie Mac. And he is basically the best. And Sally. Remember the time you did that thing?!
It was amazing! Susie! We all thought you’d be dead by now. But look at you, standing there, alive. Wayne. You give the best hugs. Megan! You give better hugs than you think you do. And J. Finch. He’s imaginary, AND HE CAN DO MAGIC! We all can. We’re wizards. So, sure. It would be easy to leave. But wouldn’t it be wrong? We should do what’s right. Like Cedric. I’m a Puff and I’m staying, because if we don’t fight now we may never find out how that hat talks!
MONOLOGUE TWO - MEGAN JONES / Megan is the opposite of Leanne. She is dark, brooding and mysterious.
I never wanted to be a Puff. Every member of my family? Puffs. We’re like THE Puff family. But I’ve always known that I was different. There’s nothing even special about Puffs. Loyalty? Being really nice? A bunch of lame, awful failures doomed to be stupid walking personality-less nobodies that no one will ever care about ever? Ugh. My mom was a Puff. But she was different. She became something bigger. She made the name Jones finally mean something other than a bunch of ... Puffs. I thought ... I knew ... I would be different too. But ... after all my hard work to make myself not a Puff, what do you know? The hat puts me with the Puffs. I did everything. I mean, I even changed my accent just so I wouldn’t sound like my Puff family.
MONOLOGUE THREE - WAYNE HOPKINS / a normal guy who wants to stand out and have others think he is special
Question. Hypothetical. What if I don’t have enough of a personality for the magic talking hat to sort me? Like...how much authority does this hat really have? Never mind. This place is crazy huh? I never thought I’d go to school in a castle. Pretty cool. I’ve never really liked school. People were mean. To me. I’m talking too much. You probably have all your own nervous thoughts going on ... can I tell you something? I think I might be ... special? I watch a lot of movies and read lots of books, and it’s like; a normal boy finds out he actually has amazing abilities and is swept away to a new, magical world? Does that sound familiar? Because that is now my ACTUAL life. And THAT kid, through some incredible circumstances always becomes like the most important person. Like in the whole world. A sort of ... Chosen One. AHH! Magic is real, and this orphaned boy wizard is ready for seven years of amazing adventures!
MONOLOGUE FOUR - MISTER VOLDY / is the embodiment of evil
I’m going to ask an uncomfortable question right now. I ask for an honest response. Where are my shoes? I’ve been back three years, and three years - barefooted. No one has offered me a pair of sneakers, or some lounge loafers. Wingtips. At first, I thought oh - maybe this is the fashion - but quickly learned - no - that’s not it. One year later, my little piggies are still out for all to see - it became about the principle of the matter - I’m the Dark Lord. Surely someone will offer me some shoes. Or at least ask if I’m comfortable. But now; we are in the woods. We’ve spent a whole evening outdoors. My feet are wet - I’ve stepped on several pointy rocks - I may need a tetanus shot. So, no. I am not comfortable. So where are my - what? The megaphone is still on? Really? Oh my. I am just having a day, aren’t I? YAH! Harry!
About The Show:
Most actors in Puffs will play several roles, so we are looking for actors who have the ability to quickly switch from one comedic character role to another.
Wayne Hopkins - a boy wizard (but not that boy wizard), ready to take on whatever challenges face him, even if he fails again and again
Oliver Jones - a math savant who would rather study algebra than magic
Megan Jones - a “goth” Puff who wants nothing to do with being a Puff but is sorted into their house anyway
Narrator - A real professional Puff when it comes to storytelling
Ernie Mac – Another Puff
Hannah – Another Puff
J. Finch Fletchley – Another (Imaginary) Puff
Leanne – Another Puff
Sally Perks – Another Puff
Susie Bones – Another Puff
Cedric – The Coolest Puff
Mr. Voldy – Really Evil Guy
A Certain Potions Teacher
Professor Turban, Ghost History Teacher, Professor Locky, Real Mr. Moody
A Very Tall Man, Seamus, Mr. Nick, Sal, Second Headmaster
Professor McG, Professor Sproutty, Professor Lanny, Runes Teach, Ms. Babble, First Headmaster, Xavia Jones
Uncle Dave, Clumsy Longbottom, Viktor, Zach Smith, Goyle, A Far Friar, Hermeoone # 3, Mr. Bagman
Ginny, Helga, Frenchy
Hermeoone, Blondo Malfoy, Rowena, Rita Scooter, Bippy
Harry (usually played by a girl), Colin, Hermeoone # 2, Ric Gryff, Myrtle
The Show: Puffs is a tale for anyone who has never been destined to save the world. 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. This clever and inventive play gives you a new look at a familiar adventure from the perspective of three potential heroes just trying to make it through a magic school that proves to be very dangerous for children. Alongside them are the Puffs, a group of well-meaning, loyal outsiders with a thing for badgers. Their hilariously heartfelt and epic journey takes the classic story to new places and reimagines what a wizard hero can be.
Payment is due at registration. Materials will be distributed prior to the first rehearsal.
Cost: $225, (Payable to Main Street Players and due at registration)
Limited class size. Register early to secure your spot!