By Nick Schweitzer

Directed by Sam D. White

The gang from Hogwarts gets the holiday “panto” treatment! Loaded with slapstick humor, corny jokes, and silly song parodies, this original twist on the beloved tale of the boy wizard will delight kids and adults alike. Cheering for the heroes and booing for the baddies is strongly encouraged in this family-friendly holiday treat!


Produced by Mercury Players Theater at Bartell Theater's Drury Stage, 113 E. Mifflin St. , Madison

Performances: December 15-30, 2017

Performance Times:
Friday–Saturday, December 15–16 @ 7:00pm
Sunday, December 17 @ 2:00pm
Thursday–Friday, December 21–22 @ 7:00pm
Sunday, December 23 @ 2:00pm
Thursday–Friday, December 28–29 @ 7:00pm
Saturday, December 30 @ 2:00pm FINAL PERFORMANCE

Ticket Prices: $10 for Kids under 12 (all shows) $20 General Admission $18 Students & Seniors (most shows) Special $15 Adult Tickets for Thursday shows December 21 & 28

Call 608-661-9696 for reservations or more information.

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Auditions will be held on the following days:


All auditions will be held at the MercLab, 930 North Fair Oaks Avenue (East Washington at Fair Oaks, behind Roadway Tire)

Roles available:

•Harry Potter (principal boy, i.e. played by a girl)
•Hermione Stranger
•Ron Weakling
•Draco Halfoy
•Hagrid (Grand Dame, played by a woman)
•Quirrell (doubles as Voldemort)
•Aunt Petunia (dame, played by a man)
•Uncle Porky
•Cousin Pinkie (could be played by a boy or a girl)
•Snuffy, three-headed dog (skin role)
•Troll (Pillsbury Doughboy) (immortal, who speaks in rhymed couplets)
•4–6 Ensemble to play a Centaur, Train Porter, Crabbe, Gryffindor quiddich players, Knights who say “Ni” and other seriously silly characters. Must be able to dance and move, and do chorus singing

All roles are open. Roles will be cast race- and gender-blind

At auditions, actors will read from the script and then be asked to participate in some theatre games and perhaps sing a little ditty (sheet music is not required), and HAVE FUN!!! Please dress to move and bring water. Strong improv skills are especially critical for this show and will weigh heavily in casting.

While this is not a "traditional" musical, there will be songs performed (to be chosen/created with input from the cast). Actors with singing skills are especially encouraged to audition. PLEASE TELL US IF YOU PLAY AN INSTRUMENT!

Rehearsals will begin October 31st (initial weeks will include table work where actors will be asked to develop character ideas, script changes, add jokes and music, etc.) The final script is fluid and all actors will work on enhancing the author's work, with his participation.