Reefer Madness


Reefer Madness

Directed by Mike O’Neil

Music Direction by Chiaki Ito

Choreography by Amber Adams

SHOW DATES:  March 6-9, 14-16, 21-23 & 28-30

All shows at at City Stage

All shows at 8pm

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ABOUT THE SHOW: 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. You won't be able to resist the spoofy fun of REEFER MADNESS. The addictive and clever 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. This dynamic show will go straight to your head! REEFER MADNESS is a highly stylized and satirical political commentary.

Sam Robison


Sam Robison has been having a love affair with City Stage ever since his sketch comedy show, Changing Channels, started playing there when it opened for business over a decade ago. This theater has a truly palpable magic built into every brick and beam. This is the first time he has ever reprised a role and playing Jimmy Harper the first time was the most fun he has ever had on stage. Other City Stage credits include Rent, Into the Woods, Fahrenheit 451, and The Who's Tommy.

Paul Teal


Paul Teal has been researching this role since freshman year of High School. He studied acting at The William Esper Studio(NYC). His previous roles include Rent (Mark), Big River (Huck), The Producers (... as.....uh.... What was I Saying? Oh yeah! The producers of City Stage are just swell. Thanks to Chiaki, Justin and Mike for the opportunity! Paul is a member of SAG/AFTRA and recently Signed with STW Talent. Thanks to Susan, Sallie, Annie, Mom, and Dad for all of their support. 

Adam Poole


Adam is high as a kite is be apart of this production with this lively cast. Some previous credits include: How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying(FInch), The Lieutenant of Inishmore(Davey), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee(Chip) Spamalot(Lancelot), The Santaland Diaries(Crumpet), Avenue Q(Nicky/Trekkie), The Little Dog Laughed(Mitchell), The Mercant of Venice(Bassanio), Stop Kiss(George), and HAIR(Berger). FIlm and television credits include roles on the locally filmed Revolution and Under the Dome

Anna Gamel

(Placard Girl)

This is Anna's seventh show with CityStage. She was previously seen in Rocky Horror Show (Phantom), Tommy (SallySimpson), Spamalot (Ensemble), Avenue Q (The Puppeteer), Godspell (Robin), & Chicago (Pop/Ensemble). She is excited to be a part of this wonderful MADNESS...Just Remember Folks: REEFER makes you LAUGH...AT DEATH!...You've been warned.

Anthony Lawson


Reefer Madness marks the end of Lawson's "Because I Did it Last Time" tour.  Stops included The Producers, Full Monty, Tommy, Rocky Horror Show and The Diviners.  For the few of you that saw The Diviners he would like to thank you and let you know that this time Kaitlin Baden does not call him daddy....on stage.

Katherine Vernon


This is Katherine's second time around as Mae, having played the role for City Stage in its last production of Reefer Madness. Recent roles in Wilmington include Sally Bowles in Cabaret, Jessie in 'Night Mother, Diana in Next to Normal, M'Lynn in Steel Magnolias, and Joy in Shadowlands. She's thrilled she gets to be funny again this time.

Christopher Conner


Chris is excited to share the stage with yet another superb cast! His past productions with City Stage include Chicago, The Rocky Horror Show and most recently Cabaret! He would like to thank Mike O'Neil, Justin Smith and the fabulous Chiaki Ito for this opportunity! ENJOY THE MADNESS!!!

Kenneth Rosander


A UNCA drama grad, Kenneth is excited to be in his second show with City Stage and his first musical with this great company. He has had a fantastic experience getting to work with this talented cast in bringing Reefer Madness to life.

Sarah Burns


Though Sarah usually takes the stage as a bellydancer, she is excited to join this awesome cast of characters at City Stage for the first time! Thanks to Chiaki for this opportunity, to Mama Burns who said "There is never a right time for anything. Sometimes you just have to go for it!", and to my VIPs. You know who you are.

Kaitlin Baden


Kaitlin is excited to sail the sea of sin with the cast of ‘Reefer Madness’. You may have seen her (or not) in Spring Awakening, Sound of Music, Xanadu, 9 to 5, Le Cages aux Folles, Hedwig, RENT, Rocky Horror or The Diviners...either way, she’s glad that you’re here! Thanks to Chiaki, Mike, Justin, and all the reefer kids. Also, lots of love to her family and friends, the docs at the Duke Voice center, and her "carburetor". 

Mike O’Neil


This is Mike’s second time directing Reefer Madness. He has also directed City Stage productions of The Little Dog Laughed, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Producers & Urinetown: The Musical. He has appeared in City Stage's Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Bat Boy & Artificial Jungle.

Robin Heck


Robin was most recently seen in Cabaret (Frenchie), The Rocky Horror Show and Hedwig and the Angry Inch with City Stage.  She is thrilled to be back again for such a fun show.  Favorite roles in Wilmington over the years include: Olive in the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Jemima in Cats, and Anna in Spring Awakening.

Amber Adams


Amber Adams has choreographed re-stagings of Much Ado About Nothing, Once Upon a Mattress,  Little Women, The Nutcracker, and Fosse. She has created numerous original works choreographies for Wilmington's Cape Fear Dance Theatre, along side  Dixon Place Theater, Gorilla Tango Theater, Bridge For Dance, and the Dance Films Association in New York City. In Wilmington, Amber is the Artistic Director of the Dance on Film Company, Cape Fear Dance Theatre. Amber teaches performing arts classes through Cape Fear Dance Theatre located at the Wilmington Arts Center and Cape Fear Academy.

Lauren Doughten


Lauren owns Lauren & Elizabeth, Inc., in Mayfaire. She likes to dabble with art, play outdoors with her dog, Maggie, and model.  Her biggest challenges are trying to keep her fingers intact while cooking and  juggling her hobbies and career. Lauren was also a cast member of a reality TV show. 

Rachael Sutton


This is Rachael’s fourth time working with Mike O'Neil, and her tenth performance with  City Stage.  Recent performances include Catherine Givings, In the Next Room, directed by Nicole Farmer for Big Dawg, and Little Sally, Urinetown the Musical, directed by Richard Roland for Theatre Raleigh.  A few of her favorite City Stage productions include Kate Monster/Lucy T. in Avenue Q, and Logainne SchwartzandGrubenierre in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.  She has been looking forward to working with so many of her friends and loved ones for this show since August.  Hope you enjoy our madness!

Chiaki Ito

(Music Director/Producer/Piano)

Chiaki is a graduate of NC School of the Arts, UNC-CH, Univ. of Guam and Univ. of SC.  She practices law in New Hanover County and has music directed over 80 musicals.  She is Managing Director of Cape Fear Theatre Arts, LLC.  She enjoys participating in triathlons, spending time with her dog, Elvis, and visiting her sweet nephew, Kenji.

Caitlin Becka

(Mary Lane)

Caitlin Becka is jazzed that you hep cats and jive turkeys could make the scene and join us for this raunchy razzmatazz ride! She's had a big tickle working with such divine dollies and dapper dingos during this production. Other neat-o bits you might have peeped her in include Chicago (Velma Kelly), Spamalot (Lady of the Lake), Rocky Horror (Magenta) and most recently Cabaret (F. Kost). Reefer Madness has been the bees knees and she wants to thank the bossman Mike O'Neil, that sweet arm candy Chiaki Ito, her main squeeze and the rest of the gang for making this a gas. Enjoy the show Daddy-O!!

Stephen Raeburn


Stephen received his BA in Liberal Arts from Arcadia University, PA, after having entertained millions as a performer at the Walt Disney World Resort.  Some of his favorite past productions since moving to Wilmington include: Big Deal, West Side Story (Thalian Association); Margaret Mead, Hair (City Stage), and Fred/Fezziwg/Old Joe, A Christmas Carol (TheatreNOW).  He has also directed the world premiere of Leonard Melfi’s The Son of Redhead, which earned a nomination as Best Original Play in the 2012 Star News Theatre Awards, Jonathan Harvey’s urban fairy-tale, Beautiful Thing, and most recently Marsha Norman’s, ‘night, Mother.  Many thanks to Mom and Dad, as well as everyone else who has supported him through his journey.

Michael Savas


Michael is excited to perform with City Stage again in Reefer Madness after an awesome experience with The Rocky Horror Show.  He would like to thank Mike, Chiaki and Justin for the opportunity and as well as his parents for their support and his cats Cooper and Clyde for sometimes caring, but usually not.  He wishes all the best to the incredible cast and crew of Reefer Madness!  Smoke it up!

The Cast of Reefer Madness