Puffs Connects the Fictional Wizarding World to Human Emotions
Spring Semester 2022 of The Word Magazine
This March, the DSHA Theatre Department presented Puffs: Or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic & Magic. This play crams all seven books from series about a certain boy wizard and his time at a famous wizarding school into 110-ish minutes—reimagining side characters from the original series into the main characters. Exploring friendship, fulfillment, and grief, this action-packed, laugh-a-minute play allowed over half of the cast and crew to experience the DSHA main stage for the first time.
Kathryn Brzozowski, DSHA ’23 Stage Manager for Puffs
Even as a first-time member of stage crew, Brzozowski took a leadership role and directed the lighting, sound, and props during the production to ensure proper execution of the behind-the-scenes aspects of the show.
"When I'd go see a musical, I would think 'wow, the actors did so amazing,' and I would barely think about the stage crew. But the stage crew really put in a lot of work to make sure the show goes smoothly, and I did not realize how much work you have to put in for it to go as smoothly as it did."
Elanya Pasqua, DSHA ’22 Main Character Winnie, a Puff
A seasoned pro of the DSHA Theatre Department, Pasqua learned over the years the same message the show tells its audiences: you don’t need other people to tell you you’re important for your story to matter.
"So much of our lives is looking at the media and other stories and it makes you feel like you have to have a spotlight shined on you in order for your problems to matter, or to allow yourself to feel your feelings. Allowing yourself to feel important and the things you are dealing with matter is important to emotional health."
PUFFS: OR SEVEN INCREASINGLY EVENTFUL YEARS AT A CERTAIN SCHOOL OF MAGIC & MAGIC | CAST AND CREW LIST