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Senior School Presents the Fall Play Puffs Nov. 10-13

Shady Side Academy Senior School will present five performances of the fall play Puffs (One Act Edition for Young Wizards) by Matt Cox on Nov. 10-13, 2022.

Showtimes are Thursday, Nov. 10, at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 11, at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 12, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 13, at 2 p.m. in the Peter J. Kountz Black Box Theater of the Hillman Center for Performing Arts on the SSA Senior School campus, 423 Fox Chapel Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15238.

Tickets are $12 for students and $15 for adults at Tickets also may be purchased at the door; however, advance purchase is recommended as shows may sell out.

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. It’s a tale for anyone who has never been destined to save the world. This clever and inventive play takes 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. Their hilariously heartfelt and epic journey takes the classic story to new places and reimagines what a boy wizard hero can be.

The cast and crew include 30 students in grades 9-12. Playing the lead roles are sophomore Kevin Polke as Wayne Hopkins, junior Aaron Little as Oliver Rivers, and senior Ellie Brisland as Mega Jones. Students in supporting roles include seniors Elaine Gombos, Chelsea Kaufmann, Cole Patterson, Ben Rohr and Kat Wolfe; juniors Jinny Guo, Andrew Hoe, Leo Rickard, Madeira Semins and Kayla Zhu ; sophomores Jeffrey Brunner, Sophia Gombos, Kelita Nolan and Juliet Krokosky; and freshmen Ethan Chen and Cassie Li.

Senior Ayli Davidson is the stage manager and leads a student crew that includes seniors Grant Anderson and Zach Kamenov; juniors Trinity Brock, Elle Caron, Tashari Morgan and Parker Roscoe; sophomores Lila Cox, Tommy Kann and Ada Lin; and freshman Sam Davidheiser.

Senior School Performing Arts Chair Dek Ingraham is the play’s director, staff member Austin Davidheiser is the production designer and technical director, and Tonya Lynn is the fight director.

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Puffs (One Act for Young Wizards) is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc.

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