Riverside Community Players
Announcing AUDITIONS for ‘PUFFS’, the first show of RCP’s 2022-23 Main Season!
ABOUT this Production:
Auditions & Casting
June 27th & 28th, 2022
7:00 to 10:00 pm
Riverside Community Players
4026 14th Street
Riverside, CA 92501
REHEARSALS: July 18th-August 25th, 2022,
mostly 6:30-9:30 PM M-F (full rehearsal schedule will be provided.)
RUN: August 26-September 11, 2022, Fri-Sat-Sun
Please note that not all actors who audition will be cast.
General rehearsals and performances will take place at Riverside Community Players from 6:30-9:30 pm, Monday-Friday, beginning July 18th. Tech and Dress rehearsals will take place from August 8th-25th, with performances from August 26th to September 11th. (No conflicts will be accepted past August 8th.) A more detailed rehearsal schedule will be provided at the first rehearsal.
**All details listed are subject to change.
Synopsis: Wayne Hopkins — a boy from New Mexico who is neither brave, smart, nor a snake — finds out he’s a wizard. Upon arrival at a certain school of magic and magic, he’s placed into the Puffs: a group of well meaning, loyal rejects. Over the next seven
years, he’ll try to learn magic; try not to have his life ruined by his four-eyed nemesis; and try to not to get hurt in what is actually a very dangerous place for unsupervised children to be. Sometimes he will succeed. Partially.
Directed by E.J. Marquez
WAYNE HOPKINS (male) – 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. Any
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.
Any ethnicity/cultural background.
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. Favorite store: Hot Topic. Favorite color: black. Over time, her tough veneer begins to soften, as a budding romance with Oliver becomes apparent. 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. Any ethnicity/cultural background.
NARRATOR (either) – 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 are a must, improv background is a plus. Any ethnicity/cultural background.
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. All impressions. Strong comedic ability. (Impressions:
Rickman/ Branagh/Gleeson/Whoever played Quirrell in the movie). Any ethnicity/cultural background.
HANNAH (female) and FIRST HEADMASTER / PROFESSOR McG / PROFESSOR SPROUTTY/XAVIA JONES / PROFESSOR LANN/RUNES TEACH / MS. BABBLE – Requires playing several different roles back to back, so the ability to play a variety of English stereotypes is a plus.. Hannah: Shy. Very shy. Professors: Worldly and vaguely bougie. (Maggie Smith impression for McG.) Any ethnicity/cultural background.
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 danger. Any ethnicity/cultural background.
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. Any ethnicity/cultural background.
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. Any ethnicity/cultural background.
SUSIE BONES (female) and HARRY/COLIN/HERMEOONE #2/ RIC GRYFF/MYRTLE – 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. Any ethnicity/cultural background.
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.) Any ethnicity/cultural background.
RCP is located at 4026 14th, Riverside, CA.