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Meet The Cast Of Southern's "Cuckoo's Nest"

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Rehearsals are underway for Southern WV Community & Technical College's production of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” The cast is made up of Southern employees, students, and members of the public. In this scene, cast members react to a home run in the world series even though the television isn't even on. The play will be presented on March 24th, 25th, 26th (at 7 pm), and 27th (at 3 pm) in the Savas Kostas Performing Arts Center on the Logan campus.

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MT GAY, WVa Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College is proud to announce the cast for its upcoming production of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.”

The cast features Southern employees, Southern students, and actors from three different local theater organizations. The play will be directed by Southern’s Director of Communications Bill France.

The show also marks a return to college-sponsored theatrical productions after a 15-year break. The last show that Southern produced was “Steel Magnolias” in the spring of 2007.

“One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest” is based on the novel by Ken Kesey. The setting of this dramatic comedy is an Oregon mental institution in the late 1950s/early 1960s.

Randle McMurphy, played by Dominic Rodighiero, is a charming rogue who contrives to serve a short sentence in a mental institution rather than in a prison. He makes his entrance into the psychiatric hospital and tension ensues.

Nurse Ratched, played by Brittany Wallace, is a former military nurse who dominates the patients maliciously with her authoritarian rule using emasculating tactics to strip the men of their freedom.

McMurphy sees that Nurse Ratched's control over the men is not helping them get better but keeping them in a low emotional state.

This is a time when shock treatment and lobotomies were acceptable forms of “curing patients”.

The play will be presented Thursday, March 24th, Friday, March 25th, Saturday, March 26th at 7 pm, and Sunday, March 27th at 3 pm.

The performances are part of a fundraising effort to upgrade its Savas Kostas Performing Arts Center in the Logan campus, which will be the location of the shows.

The movie version of the novel, which featured Jack Nicholson, swept the Academy Awards in 1976, winning Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, and Best Actress.

The show is part of an effort to upgrade the school’s Savas Kostas Performing Arts Center. The facility was built as an add-on to the community college in the late 1980s.

A series of fundraising events are planned this year to bring the theater up to date. The upgrade includes new curtains, sound, lighting, and more. The theater is not only used by the local college but is also available to schools, organizations, and groups. “It’s truly a centerpiece for our community,” France says. “This will be a much-needed to boost for our entire region


Randle P. McMurphy – Dominic Rodighiero

Chief Bromden – Kevin Brian Johnson

Dale Harding – Denny Frost

Billy Bibbit – Josh Runyon

Cheswick – J. Christopher Gray

Scanlon – Jade Soul

Martini – Joshua Faust

Ruckley – Johnathon Spence

Fredricks – Bobby Phillips


Nurse Ratched – Brittany Wallace

Aide Warren – Geoffrey Saunders

Aide Williams – Marksie Dunn

Dr. Spivey – Bill Cook

Nurse Flinn- Haylee Webb

Aide Turkle – Dr. Jeffrey Yeager


Candy Starr – Shana Nelson

Sandra – Kaity Dingess

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