North Country School to Celebrate Class of 2024 with Magical Spring Theatrical Production, “PUFFS”

Aubrey Snowden—NCS alumni 94-97 and current Department of Dramatic Arts faculty member at the University of North Carolina’s Chapel Hill

North Country School to Celebrate Class of 2024 with Magical Spring Theatrical Production, “PUFFS” 

University of North Carolina Arts Professor, NCS Alumna Aubrey Snowden Tapped as Graduation Speaker

May 8, 2024 — North Country School, Lake Placid’s junior boarding and day school for grades 4-9, is gearing up for a celebratory week at the end of this month as it prepares to debut its uplifting comedic spring theatrical production “PUFFS, or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic” to local community members on Wednesday, May 22 and Thursday, May 23 at 7 pm in the Walter Breeman Performing Arts Center (WallyPAC). Following these free public performances, North Country School will celebrate its graduating class of 2024—the school’s 86th commencement since its founding in 1938. NCS alumna and Assistant Teaching Professor in the Department of Dramatic Arts at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Aubrey Snowden will address the graduates.

North Country School’s spring play production “PUFFS (Two Act for Young Wizards)” by Matt Cox reimagines the beloved Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ through the eyes of the Hufflepuff students. The play follows the story of Wayne Hopkins and his group of seemingly unextraordinary classmates as they navigate seven years of epic adventures.

“‘PUFFS’ provides a new and hilarious perspective into the life of the Hufflepuff students in the magical world of Harry Potter™,” said Theater Teacher Courtney Allen. “The thing I’m most excited about is the sheer magic our students and our staff are bringing to the stage with this production.”

Audience members can expect to be wowed not only by magical acting but by a number of elements North Country students and staff have worked together to create, including:

  • Original music composed by the student theater band and Music Teacher Gwen Tracy
  • Elaborate stagecraft with flying and battling soul-sucking security guards built by Technical Theater Teacher Larry Robjent and students
  • Cutting-edge light projection mapping designed by NCS alum Anthony Fernandez and filmed by staff member Echo

While containing some mature themes, “PUFFS” is a family-friendly experience that celebrates friendship, self-discovery and the idea that everyone has an important role to play in this world.

“‘PUFFS’ has a universal message about celebrating our differences and realizing that we all have an important place in the world. It’s the perfect metaphor as we congratulate our graduates for their achievements at NCS,” added Allen. “Our students have worked incredibly hard to capture the spirit of the story through their performances. We encourage our local neighbors to join us for our public performances.”

Attendance is free and open to the public on Wednesday and Thursday, May 22 and 23, 2024 at 7 pm. Don’t miss this spellbinding production! RSVP to .

Following the spring play, the school’s graduation ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 25th at 9:30 am. Aubrey Snowden—NCS alumna and current Department of Dramatic Arts faculty member at the University of North Carolina’s Chapel Hill, where she teaches and directs for the undergraduate and graduate MFA programs—will deliver the commencement address.

Beyond academia, Aubrey is an accomplished freelance director and acting coach with extensive training from institutions like the National Theater Institute, SITI Company, Tectonic Theater Project, and the International Symposium of Directors at LaMama in Umbria, Italy. This Fall, she will be directing the Pulitzer Prize finalist and Tony Award-nominated play, What The Constitution Means to Me by Heidi Schreck for the 24/25 season at PlayMakers Rep.She holds an MFA in Directing from Brown University/Trinity Rep. Snowden attended North Country School from 1994 to 1997, as well as Camp Treetops from 1992-1994 (North Country School shares its campus with Treetops from July-August each summer).

This year’s graduating class at North Country School includes a total of 20 students who will go on to attend a variety of private and public schools, domestic and international, including Cranbrook School, Phillips Exeter Academy, The Cate School, Northwood School, Lake Placid High School, and St Albans School, among others.

“Puffs (Two Act for Young Wizards)” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc.

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