By Tonya Little
The Del City High School Theater Group will be performing “Puffs: or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic,” written by Matt Cox on May 6-8. They will be the third high school in Oklahoma to perform this particular show, and they are looking forward to it. It is the story of Harry Potter, told from the perspective of the more forgotten group of the school, the Huffle Puff house. It’s a story about how even the most ordinary people can make the biggest impact.
Theater Director Guy Mitchell said that this season has been really stable, which he is excited about. With all the changes that came quickly and suddenly at the start of the COVID pandemic, he has been happy that this season has been consistent and less chaotic. They still stick to all of the standard COVID regiments in place, but says the students don’t seem to view them as obstacles, and they just power through it all like troopers.
While the performance is about Harry Potter, Mitchell says there is something for everyone, from those that already know and love the books and movies, to those who have no idea who Harry Potter is or what his story is.
“This show is very different than our last production, this is a tragedy comedy. Just like the books, it goes from light and funny to heavy and I think that’s one thing that the kids didn’t even realize. We got halfway through blocking the battle of Hogwarts scene, and they looked at me and said, ‘Mr. Mitchell, this is heavy’. We had to have a discussion of as you go from young childhood to teenage years, life gets heavier, but we have to overcome and persevere. There have been some cool teaching moments, and some great morals that we are teaching in this play,” said Mitchell.
The students will perform May 6-8, 7:30 p.m. nightly. The doors will open at 7 p.m. each evening, and concessions will be available along with photo opportunities with Hogwarts themed backgrounds and props. You can purchase tickets online at www.dchstheaterarts.ludus.com , $5 for general admission, $10 for Reserved Seating in the first 10 rows in the center section.
“I encourage the community to come out just to see the kids, see them put on a show, and come be a part of something that supports Del City and Mid-Del, and shows why this is a great school district. These kids make it that way. The kids come alive on stage, I think the community needs to see these kids get out of the dark cloud that is COVID and just enjoy putting on a show,” said Mitchell.