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Backstage in Breck casting for ‘Reefer Madness’

Daily Staff Report
Vail, CO, Colorado

BRECKENRIDGE ” The Backstage Theatre in Breckenridge is seeking 14 performers for its regional premiere of “Reefer Madness,” a musical comedy by Dan Studney and Kevin Murphy.

“Reefer Madness” is based on the hilariously awful 1936 propaganda scare film of the same name about the dangers of marijuana. The musical dramatizes the tragic results of smoking the “Demon Weed.” With a cast of characters that includes sugary-sweet kids, overly concerned parents, sensuous reefer sluts, and demonic pimps and pushers, this musical satire is sure to keep you entertained.

Auditions will be held at the Breckenridge Theatre, 121 S. Ridge St. in Breckenridge on Sunday, Oct. 28 from 3-6 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 4 from 3-6 p.m.

Alternate audition dates and times are available for those who can’t make the scheduled auditions.

“Reefer Madness” will be performed at the Breckenridge Theatre March 28 through April 27, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. All positions are paid. The show will be directed by Backstage artistic director Christopher Willard with musical direction by Gail Smith and choreography by Kelly Monahon.

Seven men and seven women ” aged 16 to 60. Principal roles include The Lecturer (baritone), a severe, non-nonsense Master of Revels for this play-within-a-play; Jimmy Harper (tenor), a fine upstanding all-American teenage lad who succumbs to “the dark side” of marijuana; Mary Lane (mezzo with a good belt),a wholesome, sweet as apple pie, virginal heroine who makes a dramatic switch after just one “hit” of the demon weed; Jack (baritone/tenor), a handsome, ruthless, owner of the reefer den, a 30s gangster movie-type who speaks with the staccato cadence of the genre; Sally (alto or soprano), a drug-crazed denizen of the den, sexual, possesses the libidinous soul of Mae West cut with the rat-a-tat moxie of vintage Barbara Stanwyck; Ralph (tenor), a weed-freak, a thirty-something, tattered, ex-fraternity man; Jesus (tenor), the “poster boy for Easter,” here depicted as a virile Tom Jones in spangled robes and crown of thorns (natch). Other ensemble roles include Mr. (or Mrs.) Poppy, Sally’s Baby, Various Soda Shop Dancers/Singers, Angels, Zombies, etc.

Auditioners must come prepared with 16 bars (in the rock ‘n’ roll musical style of “Grease” or similar). An accompanist and CD player will be provided. Auditioners will also perform readings from the script as well as a short dance combination that will be taught at the audition. Please dress comfortably. No script is available for the perusal, but auditioners are encouraged to watch the Showtime film version of the musical available on DVD.

Auditions are by appointment only. Call the Backstage Theatre at (970) 453-0199 to schedule an appointment or for more information.

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