VERO BEACH ― Riverside Theatre for Kids presents the comedic family play Puffs, July 23-24, on the Stark Stage.

“Our Senior Academy production of Puffs is a hysterical and heartfelt exploration of a young wizard's tale from a very different point of view,” said Director Kevin Quillinan, of the production. “Emphasizing the need for community in the midst of extreme challenges, this show could not be more relevant to today.”

The clever and inventive play gives audiences a new look at a familiar adventure. The story is 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 with a thing for badgers. Their funny and epic journey takes the classic story to new places and reimagines what a boy wizard hero can be.

“I am very happy to be getting closer to normal again by offering a fully in-person three week camp again,” said Mr. Quillinan. “Our new performance academy format has been very successful, as we incorporate technique classes in dance, music, and drama in the mornings while we rehearse a fully produced show in the afternoon. I am so very humbled to get to work with so many talented young performers as we get back to doing the things we cherish so much!”

The cast features: Jacqueline Anding, Cristal Aparicio, Audrey Baudek, Brooke Billings, David Calahan, Timothy Cicco, Jackson Colontrelle, Yolanie Aileen Diaz, Giselle Fernandez, Kristina Gregg, Kira Kimes, Avery Kissam, Amelia Lewis, Catie Lincoln, Sasha Martell, Kendall Mecca, Brieyana Miranda, Kaitlin Simmons, Connor Stanford, and Chantal Elyse Werner.

The original production of the play was nominated for the Off-Broadway Alliance Award for "Best Unique Theatrical Experience" in 2017.

Performances of Puffs are Fri., July 23 at 6:30 p.m.; and Sat., July 24 at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased by calling the box office at (772) 231-6990 or online at

Riverside Theatre is located at 3250 Riverside Park Dr., Vero Beach.

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