Everyone is Welcome
Once more, with enthusiasm …
TKD seeks to create an environment where everyone in the community feels welcome to participate and contribute.
We encourage everyone to audition for roles in our productions, regardless of your level of experience on stage. Our casts frequently include a wide diversity of ages, ethnicities, talents and skills.
The only thing we really demand is enthusiasm!
Puffs or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School for Magic and Magic
By Matt Cox
Director: Courtney Woolard
Click to fill out your audition form in advance!
- Saturday, April 1st at Theatre Knoxville Downtown, Time 7pm
- Sunday, April 2nd at Theatre Knoxville Downtown, Time 7pm
REHEARSAL START DATE: TBA
Performance dates are June 3-June 18th, 2023
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. A tale for anyone who has never been destined to save the world.
The New York Times proclaims Puffs “A fast-paced romp through the ‘Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic.’ For Potterphiliacs who grew up alongside Potter and are eager to revisit that world, Puffs exudes a jovial, winking fondness for all things Harry!”
This clever and inventive play “never goes more than a minute without a laugh” (Nerdist) giving 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 “who are so lovable and relatable, you’ll leave the theater wishing they were in the stories all along” (Hollywood Life). Their “hilariously heartfelt!” (Metro) and epic journey takes the classic story to new places and reimagines what a boy wizard hero can be.
Puffs is not authorized, sanctioned, licensed or endorsed by J.K Rowling, Warner Bros. or any person or company associated with the Harry Potter books, films or play.
This project is being supported in whole or in part, by federal award number 21.027 awarded to the City of Knoxville by the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Arts & Culture Alliance
All roles require British accents, except Wayne, Oliver and Megan. Looking for energetic performers of all houses who appear 18+. Most will play multiple roles, except the main trio and the Narrator. You may think you’re more of a Brave, Smart, or Snake, but all are welcome to be PUFFS!
The hero. Totally uncool, but full of charm and heart. Loyal to a tee. Likes comic books and
video games, knows nothing about magic or this weird magic world he is now a part of. Best
friends with Oliver and Megan. American accent
OLIVER RIVERS (male)
One of the main trio. Incredibly smart and cerebral, he is a math wiz, and proud of it; lovingly a
nerd from New Jersey. After ending up at wizarding school, he finds out he isn’t the top of his
class, and instead begins a fantastical journey of friendship and even some love, better than
any algebra class could ever promise. Real comic chops, incredibly appealing, youthful.
MEGAN JONES (female)
One of the main trio; begins the show by only desiring to live up to her mother’s reputation: a
dark wizard currently in Wiz Priz for being such a bad-ass Death Buddy in her youth. Defiant
and headstrong on the surface, the audience begins to see that her adamance of being
completely unique and independent really stems from her desire to be loved and accepted.
Has gotten rid of her British accent.
The narrator of the story. She/he guides us through our entire show of Puffy-ness. British
accent. Must be a great storyteller, as she/he must keep the audience engaged and updated
on all the goings-on. Can be a bit of a know-it-all, but still relatable and appealing. Comedy
skills a must.
ERNIE MAC (male) and A VERY TALL MAN / SEAMUS / A CERTAIN POTIONS TEACHER /
PROFESSOR TURBAN / GHOST HISTORY TEACH / PROFESSOR LOCKY / MR. NICK /
SAL / SECOND HEADMASTER / REAL MR. MOODY
Requires an actor capable of doing strong impressions. Ernie Mac: Proud. Loud. Pretty sure
he’s the best. Strong comedic ability. (Impression of Alan Rickman, a plus!)
HANNAH (female) and FIRST HEADMASTER / PROFESSOR McG / PROFESSOR
SPROUTTY / XAVIA JONES / PROFESSOR LANNY / RUNES TEACH / MS. BABBLE
Requires playing several different roles back to back, so the ability to play a variety of
character types a plus. Hannah: Shy. Very shy. Female Teachers: Professor McG, Professor
Plants, Professor T, Bath Babbles. Adults of all kinds of different personalities. (Maggie Smith
impression for McG a plus.)
J. FINCH FLETCHLEY (male) and UNCLE DAVE / GOYLE / A FAT FRIAR / CLUMSY
LONGBOTTOM / HERMEOONE #3 / VIKTOR / MR. BAGMAN / ZACH SMITH
Improvisational skills a plus. Boyish & fun. Chipper and happy except, when his life is in mortal
LEANNE (female) and GINNY / HELGA / FRENCHY
A little distant. A little random. Is possibly a genius or really, really stupid. But has a really
strong heart. The Puffiest of the Puffs.
SALLY PERKS (female) and HERMEOONE / BLONDO MALFOY / ROWENA / RITA
SCOOTER / BIPPY
Sally: Nice. In year 3, goes through a bit of a growth spurt that attracts the other student’s
attention, if you know what I mean. Bippy: A house elf. Devoted. Loyal. Kind of annoying.
SUSIE BONES (female) and HARRY / COLIN / HERMEOONE #2 / RIC GRYFF /
Susie: Sad. Gloomy. Think Eeyore from “Winnie the Pooh.” Constantly in fear of her or
her family dying. Harry: Young, plucky, and famous. Struts around school like he owns it. Gets
into a few wacky situations, but it’s nothing the bonds of friendship can’t overcome.
CEDRIC (male) and MR. VOLDY
An appealing comic actor to play the pivotal roles of Cedric in Act I and Mr. Voldy in Act II.
Cedric: A champion. Athletic, winning, popular, and charming. Everyone’s favorite, but still
loyal, patient, and kind. A leading example of a Puff. Mr. Voldy: Evil. Like, reeeaaally evil.
Wants to rule the world in shadows and darkness and terror. (Or, ya know, just an amazing
Ralph Fiennes impression.)
DEATH BUDDIES to be played by all.
Sides for Auditions:
Puffs-Megan/Wayne/Oliver 1st year
Potions Class 1st year-Potions Teacher/J FInch/Sally Perks/Leanne/Oliver Rivers
Puffs 1st Halloween- Susie/Hannah/J Finch/Cedric/Wayne Hopkins/Oliver Rivers
Puffs- House Cup 1st year- 1st Headmaster/Cedric/Narrator/Oliver Rivers/Megan/Wayne Hopkins
Puffs Year 3-Leanne, Sally, Wayne Hopkins, Oliver Rivers
Puffs Trio 3rd year-Megan/Oliver Rivers/Wayne Hopkins
Puffs Pre1st Task- Cedric/Wayne Hopkins/Harry
Puffs Bagman 1st task narration
Puffs- 2nd task reveal-Myrtle/Ced
Puffs-5th year angst-Harry/Wayne Rivers/2nd Headmaster
Puffs-Death Buddies-Mister Voldy/Xavia Jones
No monologue is necessary. The audition will consist of cold readings from the script.
A headshot and resume are recommended but not required.
Please bring a detailed list of conflicts for the next 3 months.