Harry Potter and other familiar J.K. Rowling characters will come to the Marysville-Pilchuck High School stage as part of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Parody” this November.
M-PHS and Getchell students will present the comedy on Nov. 13, 14, 15, 16 and 17 and 7 p.m., with a matinee performance on Nov. 17 at 1:30 p.m.
The play is a parody of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” a play that is currently on Broadway.
“This is a spin-off of that and there’s some very goofy parts of it,” said M-PHS junior Morgan Reed.
“It’s a very fun show at it’s core,” he said.
The show puts a big focus on the next generation of Hogwarts students.
“It’s about Harry and Hermione and Ron and their kids,” said Amanda Littell, a senior from Marysville Getchell International School of Communications and president of Getchell’s drama club.
Littell plays Albus Potter, son of Harry Potter.
“Albus is ‘the cursed child’ so he ruins everything pretty much. He’s basically the opposite of ‘the golden boy who lived,’ [a common title for Harry Potter], because he’s not living up to the expectations,” said Littell.
The story is based on by Albus Potter and Scorpius Malfoy going back in time.
“It’s a really fun play about how Albus and I travel back in time,” said M-PHS sophomore Jesus German, who plays Scorpius Malfoy. “Everything goes wrong and we try to fix it."
“They try and go on a fun adventure like the original Harry Potter stories, but it doesn’t quite go as planned,” said Littell.
Students said that there are a lot of jokes about the Harry Potter universe and that audiences will enjoy the laughs.
“Some of the jokes are pretty good and the characters are pretty funny and comical,” said Reed.
Actors were often stepping into a story that they grew up with.
“I really love Harry Potter, I’m a Ravenclaw,” said Littell. “I wouldn’t say that I’m super knowledgable, but I really enjoyed the movies … I didn’t know anything about ‘the Cursed Child’ but coming in here and getting to be a part of the newer generation was a lot of fun."
The parody of the play also makes some of the characters difficult to play, said Reed, who plays Harry Potter.
“It’s a little bit overwhelming, because I know the audience is expecting a very certain type of person and I know the play requires me to play someone not quite that person, because it is a parody, so I’m playing someone completely different from the movies,” he said.
Other students, like German, are just catching up with the Harry Potter stories.
“I’ve never seen the movies or read the books,” he said. “It was pretty interesting and there’s still some things I don’t quite understand."
Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students with ASB card, seniors or children under 5. The play is performed at the M-PHS auditorium at 5611 108th St. NE, Marysville.