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Southern Announces Auditions For Cuckoo's Nest

Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College is planning to upgrade its Savas-Kostas Performing Arts Center on the Logan campus.

Several fundraising events are planned this spring with one of them being a full-scale production of the award-winning play "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest."

Southern is opening auditions to its students, employees, and the entire community.

“This is a great ensemble show, and we want to give everyone a chance to be a part of it,” according to Southern’s Director of Communications, Bill France.

Potential actors must be at least 18 to audition.

Auditions will be conducted Friday, January 21 from5pm-7pm in the theatre on the Logan campus. Auditions will also be held on Saturday, January 22 from noon-2pm.

Scripts will be available to read from. You can fill out an early audition form now at A Microsoft account is needed to access the form. Audition forms will also be available on the dates listed.

This stage adaptation of Ken Kesey's celebrated novel explores life in a mental institution with unforgettable characters.

The lead antagonist is a petty criminal named McMurphy who pretends to be insane to serve his sentence in a mental institution rather than prison. McMurphy doesn’t waste time infuriating Head Nurse Ratched.

Despite Ratched's strict reign, McMurphy quickly takes over the yard and staging a revolt so the patients can see the World Series on television, and arranging a rollicking midnight party with liquor and women.

McMurphy's brash insubordination has its consequences; Ratched ultimately triumphs by subjecting McMurphy to a frontal lobotomy.

The book was originally adapted for Broadway with Kirk Douglas as McMurphy and Gene Wilder as Billy Bibbit.

The motion picture version of the story starring Jack Nicholson won Academy Awards (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actress, and Best Actor).

In 2021, Netflix produced a series that told the pre-story to the novel called “Ratched” starring Sarah Paulson of American Horror Story fame.

Character Breakdown for the play

RANDLE P. MCMURPHY (Lead) - A fun-loving con man, backroom brawler, emotionally scarred, sentenced to prison work but chose the hospital instead.

NURSE RATCHED (Lead) - The head of the hospital, authoritative and domineering, strict, slightly masculine; must be capable of physical action.

CHIEF BROMDEN (Narrator) - Ward patient; should be tall and big-boned, hospitalized at least 10 years; suffers from paranoia and hallucinations; pessimistic about society.

AIDE WARREN - Supporting role, on staff, works for Nurse Ratched.

AIDE WILLIAMS - Supporting role, on staff, works for Nurse Ratched.

NURSE FLINN - fearful, young, attractive, works for Nurse Ratched, deeply religious.

DALE HARDING - ward patient, well-educated, mature, effeminate, committed himself to the hospital.

BILLY BIBBIT - Ward patient, shy, unmarried, a virgin, dominated by his mother. Speaks with a stutter.

SCANLON - Ward patient, involuntarily committed to the hospital, he fantasizes about blowing things up.

CHESWICK - Ward patient, one of the acutes, always looking for someone to back up his ideas.

MARTINI - Ward patient, delusional, constantly laughing.

RUCKLEY - Ward patient, chronic, has undergone excessive electroshock therapy.

DR. SPIVEY - The doctor for the ward; a pushover; bends to the will of Nurse Ratched.

AIDE TURKLE - Staff at the hospital; bribed by McMurphy to arrange the Ward party.

CANDY STARR - Prostitute from Portland, physically attractive, passive, kind.

SANDRA - Friend to Candy. Attends the ward party.

Contact Bill France at bill.france@southernwv.eduto help out behind the scenes.

The show will be presented in March of 2022.

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