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UMW & Bank of Commerce Performing Arts Series Presents Off-Broadway Production of “Puffs”

The University of Montana Western’s Theatre Department is pleased to present “Puffs, or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic” to be performed March 24 – April 2 as part of the 2022-23 Bank of Commerce Performing Arts Series.

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. A tale for anyone who has never been destined to save the world.

The New York Times proclaims Puffs, “a fast-paced romp through the ‘Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic.’ For POTTERphiliacs who grew up alongside Potter and are eager to revisit that world, ‘Puffs’ exudes a jovial, winking fondness for all things Harry!”

This clever and inventive play “never goes more than a minute without a laugh” (Nerdist) giving you 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 with a thing for badgers “who are so lovable and relatable, you’ll leave the theater wishing they were in the stories all along” (Hollywood Life). Their “hilariously heartfelt!” (Metro) and epic journey takes the classic story to new places and reimagines what a boy wizard hero can be.

Performances will be held at the University of Montana Western’s Small Auditorium located in Main Hall 314. Evening shows will begin at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday with a matinee show available at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 2.

This play was written by Matt Cox and will be directed by Montana Western’s own Stephen Alan Seder. Parental guidance is recommended for children under 13 due to strong language and suggestive situations.

To purchase tickets, please visit the BOC Performing Arts Series Box Office webpage: ( Tickets are available at $15 for general admission, $10 for senior, youth, military and UMW faculty/staff, and free for UMW students who present their Bulldog Cards.

For more information on Puffs and all shows in the BOC series, visit or contact Adjunct Assistant Professor of Theatre, Stephen Seder: or 406-683-7038.

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