Fifty-Two Weeks of Adventure # 20: A Visit to the Madhouse

You may remember that a few months ago we went to see our friend, Josh, and the rest of the Daegu Theatre Troupe perform Almost, Maine in a little theater in downtown Daegu. This past weekend, the same theater group performed an original musical entitled Madhouse. The story and script were written by two of the cast members (with ideas and input from other cast members) but the songs were adapted from other musicals or pop songs.

The set-up was that the audience members were all doctors visiting a psychiatric hospital to witness a clinical trial for a new psychiatric drug created by Dr. Moss.  Each patient had a unique psychiatric condition that ranged from a man who thought he was Jesus to a pathologically mute woman to a nymphomaniac. The drug was administered topically through a spray bottle and seemed to have some effect on each patient, but not always the desired one. The drug also had the curious side effect of making users express themselves in song.

Photo Credit: Laura Rhoades

Photo Credit: Laura Rhoades

Photo Credit: Laura Rhoades

Photo Credit: Laura Rhoades

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from an original amateur musical production, so I admit that my expectations weren’t all that high, but I actually enjoyed myself a lot, even with the raunchy bits. There were some really funny parts and I was impressed with how well they were able to make the music match their story line. I was also really impressed with how good everyone’s singing voices were. There were some genuinely talented singers and that made it even more fun to watch. Also, my friend Josh rapped and wore this great outfit with a giant bedazzled banana on a chain for a necklace.

I would have taken more pictures, but we weren’t really supposed to take any at all, so I just have a few sneaky ones plus the ones that Laura took during rehearsals (credited above).

IMG_8438IMG_8440This weekend we are headed to Tokyo for a quick 2-day trip where we will try to cram in as much as possible. This is our last trip before we head home in August (we don’t have any more vacation time) so it’s a little bittersweet. Check in next week for some pictures and reflections on our whirlwind trip.

If you have an adventure to share, add your link to the link-up by clicking the button below. You can participate in all of the adventures or you can just do a few – no pressure. If you missed last week’s adventure you can find it here. And if you are new to my Fifty-Two Weeks of Adventure project you can find out more about it here.


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