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Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

Talon Marks

Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

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‘Reefer Madness’ is a puff of fresh air

So much more than a seat and a program come with the price of admission to “Reefer Madness: The Musical.” It comes with a night full of great memories.


Be prepared to smile, gasp, shriek and laugh. And laugh hard, you will.


You know what type of humor you’re in for with the outdated propaganda given by the ‘Lecturer,’ played by Chris Hayhurst. 


His naive and exaggerated warnings of imminent damnation through the use of marijuana not only cracks you up, it makes you wonder how easily the masses back then were made into asses with this kind of misinformation. 


Then comes the thrill of the opening number with the dance ensemble properly fitted in its circa 1936 trendy attire. 


The cast gives you their all in this number. Even for those non-musical types, this piece forces a great time right out of you.


The objects of innocence are Jimmy Harper and Mary Lane played by Korey Mitchell and Rebecca Fondiler. 


Harper and Lane are quickly endeared and the performance they give makes you truly believe in their post-puppy love.


A darkly fun and foreshadowing melody that expresses this fateful couples’ hopes and expectations is spread thick with the romantic “Romeo & Juliet.”


The show gets right to its bold yet humorous point of lost self control with the introduction of Mae, the reefer man’s girlfriend played by Stephanie Bull.


Her song of surrender to marijuana entitled “The Stuff” keeps the lively momentum of this musical going while still achieving her point of perdition. 


And to be honest, this piece speaks to anybody that harbors any kind of demon. It gives a solid balance to all the inflated, dire warnings given just moments before. 


“The Orgy” is a breathtakingly sexy and lustful musical number that brings to focus the sheer abandonment and debauchery of youth lost to the menace of marijuana rendered by the enchanting musical ensemble. 


This musical’s use of artistic license was taken to the hilt with the portrayal of a most high and most cool Jesus played by Chris Hayhurst.  


, Listen to Jesus” has the the son of God himself come down from above with his harmonious heavenly host dancing, singing and warning Harper of the dangerous road he’s traveling.


Though outdated and for the most part disproved, the preposterous warnings of an age long past and it’s limited understanding of the dynamics of addiction do come with an element of truth.


With a cast that is visibly excited to perform, the musical triumphs in all of its efforts; entertainment, edification and laughter.


And you still have a chance to experience it for yourself. 


“Reefer Madness: The Musical” is on stage at the Burnight Center Theatre now until May 15 and is not recommended for children under the age of 14.


Do yourselves a favor; see “Reefer Madness: The Musical” it’s a great time.

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