Chattahoochee Shakespeare Co. holds audition for "Reefer Madness: The Musical"

sokamoto@ledger-enquirer.comSeptember 22, 2008 

The Chattahoochee Shakespeare Co. announces an open audition for "Reefer Madness: The Musical" at 2 p.m. Nov. 23 in the Liberty Theatre, 813 8th Ave. Registration begins at 1:30 p.m. Make sure you bring a headshot and resume.

Bring a prepared song of 16 bars, preferably a Broadway tune. Also bring a CD or sheet music. No a capella singing will be allowed.

Wear comfortable clothes for a dance audition.

Call-backs will be Nov. 24.

If you are in "Peter Pan" at the Springer Opera House, an audition will be at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 24.

Rehearsals begin on Nov. 30. A holiday break will be Dec. 21-Jan. 3. Performances begin Jan. 15 and will run through Jan. 31.

This musical is inspired by the 1936 movie of the same name. It takes a tongue-in-cheek look at the hysteria caused when clean-cut kids fall prey to marijuana, leading them into a downward spiral filled with evil jazz music, sex and violence.

The musical features swing tunes like "Down at the Ol' Five and Dime" and the Vegas-style "Listen to Jesus, Jimmy," featuring J.C. Himself leading a chorus of showgirl angels.

These are characters required for the show:

Jimmy Harper: A wholesome, innocent, high school teenager who runs into trouble after he is lured into the dangerous world of reefer

Lecturer: A severe authority figure who warns the audience of the perils of Reefer Madness. (Doubles as Goat-Man, Mr. Poppy, Irish Priest, Old Man, Radio Announcer, Ticket-Taker, Policeman, FDR)

Mary Lane: Jimmy's sweetheart, a naïve, virginal teenage girl.

Jack Stone: The handsome and ruthless proprietor of the Reefer Den, a 30's gangster movie-type. (Doubles as Jesus, George Washington)

Mae: An attractive, yet slightly haggard dame in her mid-30s, the hostess of the Reefer Den.

Ralph Wiley: A denizen of the Reefer Den, formally a fraternity man, his college days ended long ago due to his reefer habit. (Doubles as Sally's Baby, Switch-Puller, Uncle Sam)

Sally: A sexy and seductive resident of the Reefer Den, she possesses the libidinous soul of Mae West combined with the rat-a-tat moxie of vintage Barbara Stanwyck. (Doubles as Lady Liberty)

Placard Girl: Throughout the play she reinforces the warnings of the Lecturer by holding large signs that clearly state the moral of what we've just seen. (Doubles as Five-and-Dime Kid, Police Officer)

Ensemble: Mixed gender group to represent Reefer Zombies, Kids at the Five-and-Dime, Jungle Orgy dancers, angels and patriotic background chorus in the Star-Spangled finale.

Call Troy Heard at 702-423-6366, or chattshakes@gmail.com

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