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Posted: Jun 24, 2014
Auditions for the TMCC Performing Arts fall production of “Reefer Madness: The Musical” will take place on Monday, June 30 at 7 p.m. in the Nell J. Redfield Performing Arts Center at 505 Keystone Ave.
Anyone who is age 18 or older may try out, and you do not need to be a current TMCC student to take part in the auditions. Many roles are available, and there are no upper age limits. Callbacks will be held on Tuesday, July 1 at 7 p.m.
Songs from the musical will be introduced to everyone at the audition, and then performed individually. Prospective cast members do not need to bring a prepared selection. The auditions will also include a dance component.
“Reefer Madness: The Musical” is inspired by the original 1936 film of the same title. The musical show version was created to spoof the melodramatic plot of the Depression-era movie, which is widely known as a propaganda piece opposing the legal use of marijuana. This initial film was released around the time of the 1937 Marijuana Tax Act, and at the time, the discussion of “demon weed” was a popular subject.
Rediscovered in the 1970s, the movie generated an off-beat following, and was played at late night showings, especially near colleges. In the 1990s it was adapted into a musical show with music by Dan Studney and lyrics by Kevin Murphy. A 2005 movie version of the musical won the year’s Primetime Emmy award for Outstanding Music and Lyrics. It was also nominated for Outstanding Choreography.
The music theater production is a humorous and campy satire about what happens when clean-cut kids succumb to the temptations of marijuana, leading them into a downward spiral filled with jazz music, bouts of uncontrollable laughter and other evils. Choreographed Broadway-type dance numbers, swing jazz, songs in close harmony, numerous dance sequences, and over-the-top comedy creates a lively and dynamic show.
The score gives individual performers the chance to shine during solo numbers with long and sentimental melodies. Energetic group numbers have a sonically rich foundation of abundant rhythms and fast pace. The nature of the piece allows for each cast to present a unique interpretation. The comedy will most likely be analyzed by some as enormously funny, and by others as slightly dark, yet entirely intriguing.
Performance dates are Oct. 16 until Nov. 2, and will take place at the Nell J. Redfield Performing Arts Center. For additional information about auditions, contact Scottie Lockrem at 775-673-7291 or Paul Aberasturi at 775-789-5673.
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