‘Reefer Madness’ musical production to run in Plano
The Art Centre Theatre in Plano will run a two week musical production of “Reefer Madness.”
“The musical born from the cult classic B movie of the same name comes to the ACT stage! Community authorities are alarmed over rampant narcotic use – especially marijuana, which causes wild behavior and possible insanity! The high school principal fears for his students! The pushers hold clandestine marijuana parties trying to get kids hooked! Innocent teen sweethearts find themselves caught up in the lunacy!”
Tickets are now on sale for $15 each and the production will run from August 14 through August 30.
“This comical satire of the 1936 propaganda film, “Reefer Madness”, follows a wholesome teenager, Jimmy Harper, as he succumbs to the “deadly” beckoning of the “evils” of marijuana,” states Kendal Cobb, the Public Relations Director for the Art Centre Theatre and one of the performers in the show. “As Jimmy fights his addiction he is confronted by an array of bizarre characters, including seductive hula dancers, undead victims of reefer, and Jesus Christ himself.”
The director of the musical, Alese Watson-Johnson, says that the time is right such a production.
“After directing a fabulous production of The Rocky Horror Show last October, I was asked to direct Reefer Madness, and I jumped at the opportunity. Speaking as a board member at the Art Centre Theatre, we made the decision to perform Reefer Madness based on our audience’s desire for irreverent productions. We have had much success over the years with productions of Rocky Horror, Evil Dead The Musical, as well as numerous burlesque productions.”
She adds, “Reefer Madness takes some of the best elements of these productions and blasts them across the stage with gleeful abandon in a scathing satire of the 1936 propaganda film. Given the current political climate, particularly the admission just yesterday by the DEA that marijuana is not as dangerous as heroin, I think the message behind the humor is particularly relevant.”
Find coverage of the production here.