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Puffs to take stage next week

Tickets are available at the Valleyview secondary office or at the door for $12 (adults) and less for students, seniors and children.

After falling victim to the wave of pandemic-related cancellations in 2020, a high school play about a familiar school of wizardry is set to make its Kamloops debut next week.
More than 20 students at Valleyview secondary have been working on Puffs outside of school hours for three days a week since January. The Harry Potter-inspired play borrows some characters and invents others, but its tone is similar, according to assistant director Emily Gillis.
The play will run from May 11 to May 14 at Valleyview secondary.
“There’s a lot of tongue-in-cheek jokes that major Potterverse fans will understand,” Gillis said.
Drama teacher Marietta Magliocchi said there was still hope the play could be performed, or even live-streamed, in 2020, but ultimately it never happened.
Six of the students cast in the original play have returned, all in new roles, while seven others graduated and the rest of the new cast of 20 is new to the play.
Owen Sellmer, who plays familiar “trio” member Wayne Hopkins in Puffs, said he was disappointed the original play didn’t see the stage, but ultimately learned from the experience.
“It was definitely sad to lose the original cast and all that hard work was, at the time, for nothing. But once things started settling down and we knew we could do another play, it was a happy feeling all around,” Owen said.
Another original cast member, Chaz Zaldo, previously rehearsed for the up-beat J. Finch Fletchley character and now plays Oliver Rivers, a member of the Puffs trio.
 Joining Zaldo on stage will be his brother, Lucas, who took on the role        of J. Finch Fletchley.
The third character in the Puffs trio, Megan Jones, will be played by Katie Moray, who said she is excited to perform in front of a live audience.
“I will say that I’ve been a little superstitious of us getting shut down again, but I’m being careful, trying not to get sick or anything,” Katie said. “But it’s also a weight off my shoulders in that we can finally perform it.”
Along with Gillis and Magliocchi, stage manager and student Nicole Labad will be overseeing the additional student crew of eight.
Tickets are available at the Valleyview secondary office or at the door for $12 (adults) and less for students, seniors and children.