Reefer Madness is a well-known 1936 American propaganda exploitation film that revolves around the melodramatic events that ensue when high school students are lured to try marijuana. Marijuana leads the high school kids to a hit and run accident to manslaughter, suicide, attempted rape, and the “descent into madness.” The film was originally financed by a church group that was to be shown to parents as a morality tale attempting to teach them the dangers of the drug. After the film was finished it was purchased by a new producer who re-cut the film for distribution on the exploitation film circuit. The film didn’t gain an audience though until it was rediscovered in the 1970’s and gained new life as a piece of unintentional comedy. Today it’s a public domain in the United States and has become quite the cult film.

In 2001 it was turned into a musical satire which premiered off-Broadway. In 2005 in was turned into a movie-musical. The movie musical starred Kristen Bell, Christian and Neve Campbell, and Alan Cumming. This film tells the tale of the Harper Affair, in which young Jimmy Harper finds his life of promise turn into a life of debauchery and murder thanks to the new drug menace marijuana. Along the way he receives help from his girlfriend Mary and Jesus himself, but always finds himself in the arms of the Reefer Man and the rest of the denizens of the Reefer Den.

            Excited yet for Reefer Madness? Here’s the cast of Millikin students who will be performing in our production!

Lecturer: Jonathan Smith
Jimmy: Ryan Armstrong
Mary: Jessica Taylor
Mae: Madison Kauffman 
Jack: Justin Ostergard
Ralph: Kyle Bennett
Sally: Emily Padilla
Placard Girl: Anastasia Arnold
Ensemble: Coy Branscum, Emily Briggs, Daniel Jensen, Sarah Beth Odle, Eric Pfaff, Rachel Reininger, Jamie Shriner, Kyle Simonz

The show has performances on April 19th at 11:59pm, Friday April 20th at 8pm, Saturday April 21st at 2pm and 8pm, and Sunday at 2pm. Buy your tickets today at pipedreams.ticketleap.com.

-Jane Davis

Advertisements