Chesapeake Actors Hope To Charm Audiences With Potter-Inspired Comedy

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The Chesapeake High School theater department wants audiences to prepare for the laugh of a lifetime. The fall theater production is a comedy called “The Puffs.”

Publicity director and Chesapeake High student Natalie McLean described the play as a spinoff of “Harry Potter,” with a deeper focus of the comedic nature of one of the four houses at a “certain school of magic.”

The play was written by Matt Cox, a playwright and actor based in New York City. Cox’s website boasts that this “Potter-inspired comedy is a play that never goes more than a minute without a laugh.” The play aims to speak to those who “have ever felt like a secondary character in someone else’s story.” It’s an ode to the underdog of sorts, or an homage to those in support roles who rarely get the spotlight.

The play follows the seven-year adventure of one of the houses, the Puffs. The Puffs are a well-meaning and loyal bunch, but definitely not the best or the brightest. Audiences are sure to fall in love with their lovable flaws, jovial nature and laugh-inducing antics. Despite their near-constant missteps, the dimwitted main characters have a way of delighting themselves and those watching with an ever-present pep in their step and unshakeable positive demeanor.

The only thing audiences can truly expect is to expect the unexpected, including a 17-foot squirrel dropping in to make an unwelcome appearance.

“We typically stick with comedies when picking our productions,” McLean said. So it did not come as a surprise when Director Kristen Bishoff chose yet another witty work. When asked why they were so drawn to comedies, McLean said “comedy is universal.”

She added that the department strives to find plays they can wow with. Every fall, the productions are critiqued by a group of peers from other schools known as the Cappies critics. Cappies critics offer insight and critiques about peer productions and performances in preparation for the spring award ceremony, the Cappies Gala, held yearly at the Hippodrome in Baltimore. McLean describes the event as a formal celebration of county talent. Awards issued include Best Female Actor, Best Male Actor, Best Supporting Role, and Best Set.

McLean describes the entire theater department as a supportive and fun-loving group. Cast member Abby Dobry loves how the entire cast hypes each other up prior to each performance, while performers Vivian Davenport, Heather Suesse, Antony Martinez and Alex Brown consider the entire group to be like family. They are proud of the work that they have put in toward making this show, and all of their performances, the best they can be.

Tickets can be purchased at the door for $12 for adults, or $8 for students and senior citizens. Performances will be held on November 15 and 16 at 7:00pm, November 17 at 2:00pm, and November 22 and 23 at 7:00pm.

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