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Production Photos Photos: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Makes Its High School Premiere

The newly available school edition of the Tony- and Olivier-winning play is shorter and includes guidance for achieving the show's magical effects.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: School Edition is officially out and bringing the Tony- and Olivier-winning stage play to high school and youth theatre companies everywhere. The new edition of the play made its dual world premiere with two pilot productions, at New Jersey's Hoboken High School and the U.K.'s Riverside School in Barking. Both completely sold out.

Hoboken High's production concludes its run May 19. Students got a special thrill at their final dress rehearsal, which featured a special group of attendees: the Broadway cast of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Following the rehearsal, the Broadway actors celebrated with the student cast—which numbers more than 100—onstage.

See a photo of the Hoboken production below.

A scene from Hoboken High School's Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: School Edition BLG

Riverside's production was held in March on a more intimate stage. More than half of the cast was appearing in their first-ever school play, attracted by the chance to do Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

See a photo of Riverside's production below.

Riverside School's Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: School Edition takes a curtain call to a standing ovation. BLG

"Broadway Licensing Global could not be prouder of the achievements of both Hoboken High School and Riverside School," says Interim BLG Chief Executive Officer Ted Chapin in a statement. "These productions are vital in our learning process, ensuring that any school, no matter its resources or budget, can and will successfully stage this show. We are eager to take what we've learned and assist other schools in future productions."

This school edition of the play has been developed by the work's original creative team, including playwright Jack Thorne, director John Tiffany, producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender, and with sign-off by Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling. The adaptation, announced last year, shortens the piece's run time, along with offering solutions that make the professional production's high-tech wizardry possible regardless of budget size. Licensing packages also include music and a media kit. Purchase a perusal script here.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is based on an original story by Rowling, Thorne, and Tiffany. The play takes place 19 years after the source material book series, and follows Harry Potter's son Albus and his friendship with Scorpius, the son of rival Draco Malfoy, in their first year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Following these pilot productions, schools across the country have been chosen to become the first in their state to present the play via a "Wands at the Ready" contest. See the list of winners, all of whom will perform the play between October and November of this year, here.

The original West End production premiered in 2016, receiving 11 Olivier Award nominations and winning nine, including Best New Play. The Broadway transfer opened at The Lyric Theatre in 2018, then received 10 Tony Award nominations and won six, including Best Play.


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