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 One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest opens at the Scenic Theatre on Friday, March 9, as part of the Players’ 50th anniversary season. The show, which is sponsored by The Iron Dragon, will run Friday and Saturday, March 9 and 10, and again the following Friday and Saturday, March 16 and 17. All shows are at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $15 and are on sale now at TicketLeap, and you can go to the Players’ website,, and click on the buy tickets button to link to the TicketLeap site. Or you can reserve seats by calling 435-8852.

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest tells the story of a charming rogue, Randle P. McMurphy (played by Ernie Bass), who contrives to serve a short sentence in an airy mental institution rather than at a work farm. He clashes with the head nurse, Nurse Ratched, who is a fierce martinet. But Randle quickly takes over the yard and accomplishes what the medical profession has been unable to do for twelve years, making a presumed deaf and dumb patient talk and leading others out of introversion, staging a revolt so that they can see the World Series on television, and arranging a rollicking midnight party with liquor and chippies. But Nurse Ratched has other plans for him.

Nurse Ratched is played by Vicki Watson, who in real life is one of the nicest, sweetest women in the Players’ group, but, at least on stage, she has become Nurse Ratched. She’s been teased by other cast members at rehearsals to not be nice, not even smile.

“That look she gives us, its scary,” cast member Coy Mitchell says. Coy plays Billy Bibbit, a stutterer with mother issues. The two counter each other on stage—Watson playing the mothering Ratched with a tinge of Munchausen syndrome, McCarty the sad young boy who never untied those apron strings, until McMurphy comes along to set him free.

While there’s plenty of time to laugh throughout Cuckoo’s Nest, the story line is dramatic. While McMurphy enters the institution with plans to take over the ward for a few months, winning hundreds off his fellow inmates through gambling, and then leave, his plan is curtailed when Nurse Ratched interferes and sets him on a path to self destruction, but not without bringing herself and others down with Her, once McMurphy discovers he’s “committed” and not voluntarily like some of the other acutes.

Other cast members include John Chinn as Chief Bromden, Bob Tuttle as Aide Warren, Joel Dail as Aide Williams, Dick Colman as Aide Turkle, Ken Berry as Dale Harding, Coy McCarty as Billy Bibbit, Kiefer Archambault as Scanlon, Marty Williams as Cheswick, Jared Griffin as Martini, Nathan Strong as Dr. Spivey, Cathy Williams as Nurse Flinn, Elisha Griffin as Candy Starr, and Beth Champagne as Sandra.

The show is directed by Meggin Dail, produced by Carole Neveux, costumed by Cathy Williams, with set design by Joel Dail, light design and special effects by Jim Hart, poster design by Mike Hobson and cast member Elisha Griffin acting as stage manager.  

One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, is sponsored by The Iron Dragon of Pittsfield, NH.

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