Performing arts shows will include Harry Potter spinoff

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Madison College Performing Arts is ready to roll out its fall production schedule with two shows this semester.

The first is “Puffs or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic.”

It’s Harry Potter spinoff that takes place in the lesser known house of the Hufflepuffs, hence the name Puffs. If you’re not an avid Harry Potter fan, that’s OK you don’t need an encyclopedic knowledge of the books or movie to laugh.

The main characters are described as dorks while Harry is one of the cool kids. The story shows what life is like for the kids not saving the world at a certain school of magic.

The production directed by Miranda Hawk Performing Arts advisor, will give students a chance to work with a British accent and comedy.

“It requires improvisation and comic timing, it allows students to work with timing, it’s very sharp-witted comedy it’s hard comedy,” said Hawk

The show will premiere Oct. 25 in Mitby Theater. It will run for two weekends ending Nov. 2.

Little Women the musical is the second production being shown. It is a timeless classic which is about the lives of four girls going into adulthood. The musical will be in the Studio Theater on the second floor A2031.

The production directed by faculty Robin Fonfara and will start Nov. 16 and run through the Nov. 24 showing every night.

All of this year’s productions will have open auditions to members of the performing community. For the past ten years performers from the community had the occasional guest role in Madison College productions. Community members will now have a chance to audition to be in every show.

Students and their development will always be the focus but adding outside performers gives students exposure to professionals who have real world experience.

“If the students continue to perform with each other it doesn’t broaden their perspective of what they could be” said Hawk.

Guest performers in the past have raised the level of everyone else involved. When students see a professional actor try something new, they are more willing to try something new themselves.

Adding community performers will also bring in community viewers to Madison College. The target audience recently, has been the performers families, Madison College students, staff and faculty.

With the new change, the hope is to reach a larger audience.

“The goal isn’t to have sell out shows, but for student growth and experience but there is a possibility that there could be more of a crowd at the theater,” said Hawk “we have the talent to back it up.”

All shows are free to students, just show your OneCard ticket. Prices vary for non-students.

 

Auditions dates and times

“Puffs”

Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 3 p.m. and Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 6 p.m.

“Little Women”

Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 3 p.m. and Wednesday, Sept 11 at 3 p.m.

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