The Milwaukee premier of “Reefer Madness: The Musical,” based on the over-the-top 1936 “educational” film that became a cult classic, will continue the Carte Blanche Studios Theatre season at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4 Through Sunday, Nov. 20, at Carte Banche Studios, 1024 S 5th Street in Milwaukee. Friday and Saturday shows are at 8pm, Sundays at 6pm.

From writers of “Weird Science,” “The Simpsons,” “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” and “Desperate Housewives” -…- music by Dan Studney and lyrics by Kevin Murphy — 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.

The musical numbers range from big Broadway-style showstoppers to swing tunes like “Down at the Ol’ Five and Dime” and the Vegas-style “Listen to Jesus, Jimmy,” featuring J.C. Himself leading a chorus of showgirl angels. It also contains sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll and is intended for mature audiences only.

In the 1936 film, initially funded and produced by an earnest church group as a message to parents about the addictive and soul-destroying nature of a new drug menace called marijuana, two upstanding teenage boys become hopelessly addicted to the drug after being seduced by a depraved drug peddler. One toke of the tea-stick turns them from Jekyll to Hyde, creating uncontrollably violent and lustful monsters. “Reefer Madness, The Musical” adds the theatrical convention of a lecturer (Michael Traynor) who has gathered local parents in a high school auditorium to present a play about the imminent danger of “the real public enemy Number One.”

The play follows teen Jimmy Harper (Chris Jones) who meets dope peddler Jack (Derek Woerpel) at the neighborhood Five and Dime and is lured away to the local reefer den and soon forgets about his innocent sweetheart, Mary Lane (Karrisa Lade). Watch how young Jimmy turns from All-American teen to hallucinatory pot fiend after only one puff of the evil Killer Demon Weed. Witness the consequences as he is sucked into a world of orgies and cannibalism. The lecturer leads the audience through the Harper Affair, a tale of deceit, violence, lust and murder, all caused by that unspeakable scourge, marijuana. Other leading roles include: Mae (Samantha Paige), Sally (Emily Craig), and Ralph (Clayton Hamburg). The ensemble of suburban school kids turned Reefer Zombies are: Mara Mcghee, Mica Chenault, Andrew Parchman, Jessi Miller, Caitlin Alba.
Artistic contributors to the production include director James Dragolovich, vocal director Lisa Golda, choreographer Samantha Paige, , music director AJ Stibbe, scenic designers Andrew Parchman and Jimmy Dragolovich, and costume designer Emily Craig.

Tickets for “Reefer Madness: The Musical” are $20 (students & seniors citizen $15 with a valid ID), and are available in advance on our website at or call (262) 716-4689 for more info. Any remaining tickets for each performance will be available for sale at the door one hour before show time at Carte Blanche Studios box office.