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ONU to present ‘Reefer Madness’

Oct 12, 2012

Ohio Northern University’s Freed Center for the Performing Arts will present “Reefer Madness” in the Stambaugh Studio Theatre from Thursday, Oct. 18, to Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 20, and Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012, at 2 p.m.

Inspired by the original 1936 film of the same name, this raucous musical comedy takes a tongue-in-cheek look at the hysteria caused when clean-cut kids fall prey to marijuana, leading them on a hysterical downward spiral filled with evil jazz music, sex and violence.

Members of the cast are Ohio Northern students Kelsey Barrett (Ensemble/School Girl), a freshman musical theatre major from Wapakoneta, Ohio; Derek Brookens (Jack/Jesus), a senior musical theatre major from Port Allegany, Pa.; Mary Beth Donahoe (Mae), a junior musical theatre and Spanish double major from Lakewood, Ohio; Trevor Dorner (Lecturer/Goat Man/Mr. Poppy/FDR), a sophomore musical theatre and music double major from Perrysburg, Ohio; Regan Frese (Ensemble/Policeman), a freshman musical theatre major from Hilliard, Ohio; Kaitlyn Hartman (Mary), a freshman musical theatre and public relations double major from Findlay, Ohio; Garrett Hill (Jimmy), a freshman musical theatre major from Ridgeway, Ohio; Evan A. LaChance (Ensemble/Priest/Old Man/Detective), a sophomore musical theatre major from Dayton, Ohio; Patrick Plucinsky (Ensemble/Ticket Taker), a freshman musical theatre major from Solon, Ohio; Layne Schneider (Sally), a senior musical theatre major from Beavercreek, Ohio; Jim Scofield (Ensemble/Dad/Devil/Switch Puller), a junior musical theatre and creative writing double major from Sugarland, Texas; Timothy Swaim (Ralph), a freshman theatre major from Oregon, Ohio; Kathleen Weston (Ensemble/Soda Fountain Girl), a junior musical theatre major from Grosse Pointe, Mich.; and Breann A. Zerby (Placard Girl/Mom/Devil/Ensemble), a senior musical theatre and pharmacy major from Findlay, Ohio.

A pre-show dinner special will be offered at Padrone’s Pizza at 219 North Main Street in Ada between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20, for “Reefer Madness” ticket holders. Tickets to the show will be available at Padrone’s at this time.

Tickets are $15 for general admission, $12 for non-ONU students and seniors, $9 for children, and $5 for ONU students. The Freed Center box office is open Monday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Phone orders are accepted with American Express, MasterCard, VISA or Discover by calling 419-772-1900. Tickets also are available online at