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The Boy Who Joked

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UNT student group performs 'A Very Potter Musical'

A group of University of North Texas students are channeling their love for all things Harry Potter into an open-source musical about the Boy Who Lived.

MusiComedies, the student group, is having a high time with A Very Potter Musical. The show is a parody about Harry, who takes a lackadaisical approach to his wizardry studies at Hogwarts. His best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger help propel the boy wizard through the slings and arrows of adolescence. And Harry is no normal adolescent. He's got a bounty on his head, and the most evil wizard in the world, Lord Voldemort, wants to cash in. Familiar faces from the series make an appearance: Professor Quirrell, Albus Dumbledore, Cho Chang and Cedric Diggory.

"This was written by college students, so it's kind of adult," said Sam Tunnell, a UNT sophomore studying film and legal studies. "People can bring their kids, but it's aimed at a college audience, and there are some adult jokes baked in. Some of the language would make this pretty much a rated R show."

The unauthorized fan musical was created by an indie theater company, Starkid Productions. The company began as a student collective at the University of Michigan in 2009. Starkid has since written fan shows based on Starship Troopers, Batman, Star Wars, Aladdin and the Oregon Trail.

About 30 students make up the cast and crew of the musical, which Tunnell said has an R&B-inspired score. A drummer and pianist will accompany the performers.

"The whole thing is a parody. Draco is played by girl, and Severus Snape is really flamboyant," Tunnell said. "We're doing sort of a Frankenfurter Snape."

The musical tells the Harry Potter tale, compressing the story into two years at Hogwarts. Tunnell said MusiComedies scratches the theater itch for UNT students who like theater and performance but who aren't enrolled in theater arts at the college. Club dues fund the shows, which are put together in utter DIY spirit.

Performances are at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 21-22, with a matinee at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 22 in Room 255 at the Eagle Student Services Center, 1155 Union Circle. Admission is free.

Kristyn Leonard plays the role of Ginny Weasley in 'A Very Potter Musical,' a parody of the Harry Potter book series. MusiComedies, a UNT student group, performs 'A Very Potter Musical' 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, April 21-22 and at 2 p.m. on April 22 in the Eagle Student Services Center located in the UNT Student Union, 1155 Union Circle.Lucinda Breeding
Kristyn Leonard plays the role of Ginny Weasley in 'A Very Potter Musical,' a parody of the Harry Potter book series. MusiComedies, a UNT student group, performs 'A Very Potter Musical' 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, April 21-22 and at 2 p.m. on April 22 in the Eagle Student Services Center located in the UNT Student Union, 1155 Union Circle.
Lucinda Breeding