Young Performers Casting Call: PUFFS

Washington, DC / Herndon, VA — NextStop Theatre Company is seeking young performers in 4th through 9th grade for our upcoming production of Puffs this Fall. Puffs is a comedic (non-musical) play, that follows the lives of some under-acheiving students at a certain school for wizards! This is an open call for unpaid/volunteer roles for this community outreach program. The production is supported by a team of high caliber directors, designers, and technical personnel from NextStop’s professional company.

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.

Production Information:


By Matt Cox

Directed by Angela Kay Pirko

NextStop Theatre, Herndon Virginia

October 19-27

Rehearsals and Performance Schedule:

Rehearsals for “Puffsl” will take place in on weeknights and weekend mornings in September and October 2019. Not all actors will be called to all rehearsals, but until a schedule is published, please anticipate attending a majority of rehearsals. Frequency of rehearsals will slowly increase from 2-3 times per week to 4-6 times per week as the performances approach.

Performances are currently* scheduled for:

Saturday, October 19 @ 10am & 1pm

Sunday, October 20 @ 10am

Monday, October 21 @ 7pm

Saturday, October 26 @ 10am

Sunday, October 27 @ 10am

Monday, October 28 @ 7pm

*Additional performances may be considered.


NextStop Theatre

269 Sunset Park Drive

Herndon VA 20170

For help finding the theatre, please visit NextStop’s Contact Page.


We are looking for young actors and actresses in 4th to 9th grade to portray characters in this spoof comedy about a certain school for young wizards.

Audition Dates & Times:

  • Saturday, July 27th 9:00am-12:00pm
  • Monday, July 29th, 6:00pm-8:30pm

Auditions are BY APPOINTMENT. Actors must reserve an audition space online. Those unable to attend either audition date may e-mail: to discuss their situation, however, there are no guarantees actors with conflicts can be accommodated.

The audition process is designed to be as comfortable for young (but professional-acting) performers as possible. Actors will be seen in groups and asked to perform individually for the Directors and other performers.

Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your audition time to check-in.

Fees and Expenses:

There is no tuition or enrollment fee for participation in NextStop Theatre’s production of “Puffs.” Performers may be asked to provide certain garments for parts of their costume, if they are readily available and/or reasonably affordable. Otherwise, all costumes, props, and scenic elements will be constructed or purchased by NextStop Theatre and remain the company’s property following the show.

Audition Checklist:

1) Sign Up for an Audition Appointment Time

2) Complete an Actor Audition Form Online

3) Prepare for Your Audition

The audition materials will be placed in this folder later this week, prepare the requested selections, and bring your audition materials with you to the audition.

5) Bring A Printed Photo

Your audition photo does not need to be a professional headshot, but the photo should be recent and look like the actor. This helps the Director remember the actor’s audition! Photos will NOT be taken or printed at the audition location, and photos will not be returned.

All questions related to this production or auditions should be sent to:

Please do not call the theatre.

If you have additional questions after reading this page AND the audition materials in their entirety, you may submit questions via email to the address at the bottom of this page. Due to the number of anticipated inquiries, we respectfully request that you limit your questions to email. Please do not call the theatre with questions about the audition process for this show.