One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest show dates: September 4, 5, 11, 12, 13, 18, and 19
Auditions for Dale Wasserman’s “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (based on the novel by Ken Kesey) will be held at ACP on Sunday and Monday, June 7 and 8 at 3:00 p.m. (on Sunday) and 7:00 p.m (on Monday). This powerful play, directed by Bob Franklin, will open the ACP 2015/2016 season with a large ensemble cast of at least 12 men and 4 women. There is some profanity and strong language in the play as well as adult themes, and this may guide your decision to audition. Show dates September 4, 5, 11, 12, 13, 18, and 19.
When Randle Patrick McMurphy gets himself transferred for evaluation from a prison farm to a mental institution, he assumes it will be a less restrictive environment. But a former army nurse–Nurse Ratched–runs the psychiatric ward with an iron fist, keeping her patients (and the staff) cowed by playing on their deepest fears and ‘taming’ the inmates with medication as well as sessions of electroconvulsive therapy and even brain surgery. The battle of wills between the rebellious McMurphy and the inflexible Ratched exemplifies mankind’s efforts to retain some semblance of individuality and freedom in a world in which society forces us to conform.
Those wishing to read the script in advance of auditions may pick up a copy from Vivian (for a deposit of $10, which will be returned when the script is returned).
Chief Bromden (no particular age) must be physically large and imposing (he is described as a bull-muscled Indian), although capable as an actor of ‘shrinking’ in the presence of others. Though pretending for much of the play to be both deaf and dumb, Chief Bromden serves as occasional narrator, highlighting the themes of the production.
Dale Harding (late thirties or early forties, but could be older) is an overly refined and pretentious individual who treats others (inmates and staff) with disdain but who has lost forcefulness and spirit in his interactions.
Billy Bibbit (in age almost 30 but appears more like a boy, both physically and emotionally) has been emasculated by his mother (who tightly controlled what little there ever was of his social life) and by Nurse Ratched, who wields power over Billy by using his mother’s likely disapproval of his actions as a weapon.
Scanlon (50’s or older) is bitter and withdrawn, sharply critical of inmates and staff alike.
Charles Cheswick (middle aged to older), short, unathletic, alternately truculant and cringing, quick to pick a fight and equally quick to back down.
Martini (no particular age) alternates between bright-eyed eagerness and a total loss of concentration; ready to please one minute and in a fog the next.
Ruckley (no particular age) was once strong and arrogant (like McMurphy) but was subjected to a frontal lobotomy, rendering him incapable of coherent speech, outside of swearing… He thinks of himself as playing out the Crucifixion and spends much of his time on stage in a physical representation of same.
Randle P. McMurphy (30’s-early 40’s) with a physically strong body, street-smart mind, and jocular personality. He’s used to conning his way into and out of situations but finds Nurse Ratched a greater challenge than he’s faced before.
Aide Warren, Aide Williams (both late 20’s to mid 30’s) are strong and brash with a hint of military training. Certainly they are used to taking orders. Upon entering the dayroom of the hospital they are described as “loping in tandem like a pair of lithe splendid panthers.” Around the patients they are predators and only withdraw or show deference when a bigger or more powerful fish (Nurse Ratched) enters the pond. They would love to see someone get the better of Nurse Ratched, but are not themselves prepared to try.
Dr. Spivey (50+) has a jovial and nonconfrontational personality and, while he is a well educated and conscientious psychiatrist, he is manipulated constantly by Nurse Ratched to serve her own ends.
Nurse Ratched (indeterminate age, although past her 20’s) is “a handsome woman” whose body is “ripe and womanly” and who has an odd and almost inhuman perfection about her, with her constant smile and sweet demeanor belying the ‘monster’ beneath.
Nurse Flinn (young, eager and full of faith) is ill suited for a profession that requires her to exercise any forcefulness. The sexual advances of the aides and some of the inmates frighten, embarrass, and confuse her.
Aide Turkle (older and wiser than Warren or Williams) is always looking for ways to make a little money on the side, even if it means breaking the rules. He’s become something of an alcoholic, having been relegated to night duty by Nurse Ratched.
Candy Starr (younger but ‘used’) is a prostitute who ‘loves to party.’ Her attitude and language is sexy and practiced, but she has a motherly soft spot for Billy Bibbit, the virgin… and we know from the beginning that she intends to initiate him into the joys of sex.
Sandra (slightly older than Candy) has left the ‘business’ to get married, but apparently still likes to party, especially now that her husband has begun to bore her.
Depending on how many people audition, the Director may cast additional inmates or staff in non-speaking roles.
On behalf of the Directors and crew of Les Miserables – thank you to each and every person who came out to audition. While we wish we could include everyone – we had to make some very difficult decisions in casting this show. If you were not cast, we hope you will continue to audition for future productions. Thank you again.
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Thank you to everyone who came out to audition, we were excited to see so much talent in our community! If you weren’t cast, please don’t get discouraged, we hope to see each and every one of you at future auditions or volunteering with this or any other of our upcoming shows!
Mike – Aaron Meyers
Sue – Karla Fischbach
Liz – Chrissey Miller
Julie – Jamie Turner
Thanks to all who auditioned for The 25 Annual Putnamn County Speeling Bee . We had an amazing turn-out and it was very difficult choosing the cast. If you weren’t cast in this show, please come back an audition for a future show!
Rona Peretti – Whitney McDonald
Leaf Coneybear – Kevin Berning
William Barfee – Ernesto Barquet…
Logainne SchwartzandGrubenniere – Karen Peters Brotherton
Chip Tolentino – Karlton Timmerman
Olive Ostrovsky – Maddie Seconi
Mitch Mahoney – Taylor Medeiros
Marcy Parks- Carlee McClary
Doug Panch – Thurmond Whatley