Smoking out madness in potted parody play
PHOENIX Ensemble poke fun at propaganda with their new parody musical, Reefer Madness. Inspired by a 1936 educational film of the same name, the play is ‘‘over-the-top and campy’’ and stars Pat Dickson, Scott Johnson, Greta Brinsley, Andy MacFarlane, Karen Oliver, Jodie Lee Scott and Frog Johnson. Reefer Madness features a teacher who sets out to warn his students against the new drug menace – marijuana – by telling a story of a high school student whose life is rocked by ‘‘the demon weed’’. Director Morgan Garrity promises Reefer Madness will offer a night of comedy and catchy songs. ‘‘While the boundary-pushing satire is all about laughs, it does have an underlying message,’’ she says. ‘‘That message isn’t pro- or anti-marijuana, but it is antipropaganda. It makes fun of the ridiculous lies placed upon society. Using scare tactics and one-sided research, propaganda films are usually over-acted and their messages slammed down the throats of viewers.’’ Garrity says she discovered Reefer Madness by chance and fell in love with the catchy music, choreography and ‘‘zany, lovable characters’’. ‘‘Everything about this show is unique: it has a huge range of musical styles and tackles a subject matter no other show has dared explore,’’ she says. The outrageous humour in Reefer Madness means it’s not suitable for everyone. Garrity says the show is for adults who love a good laugh and are willing to let their hair down and open their minds. ‘‘Audiences do need to use their judgment with their children, though.’’
Reefer Madness opens at Beenleigh’s Pavilion Theatre tomorrow and plays Fridays and Saturdays at 7.30pm until June 15.