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September 10, 2012

DWU and MACT collaborate on ‘Cuckoo’s Nest’ this fall

MITCHELL — A whole lot of talent a little bit of crazy will take the stage this fall as Dakota Wesleyan University partners with Mitchell Area Community Theatre to bring Ken Kesey’s most famous tale to life.

DWU and ACT’s collaboration of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” will open the first weekend of October at the Pepsi-Cola Theatre for Performing Arts with shows at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 5, 6, 12 and 13; and 2 p.m. on Oct. 7 and 14.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Sept. 21 and to ACT members on Sept. 19. Dakota Wesleyan students, staff and faculty can pick up free tickets at the ACT theatre with their DWU I.D.

The popular stage adaptation of Kesey’s 1962 novel by the same name, stars McMurphy, a man just crazy enough to have himself committed to avoid prison time. DWU’s Chris Ferera, San Clemente, Calif., portrays McMurphy, a character made even more famous by Jack Nicholson in the movie version of the book. McMurphy spends the story performing pranks and attempting to stand up to the authoritative, controlling, downright scary Nurse Ratched, played by community member Moe Webster. Audiences may recognize Ferera from multiple DWU theatre productions, as well as this summer’s “Footloose” by ACT, when he played the scene-stealing best friend, Willard Hewitt.

“One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” will be directed by DWU theatre director, Dan Miller, and the production stage manager is DWU student Brittney Kaufman, of Spencer.

The following is a complete cast list for the production:

The patients:
Chief Bromden – Ryan Antaya, Mount Vernon (DWU)
Dale Harding – Kurt Schwarzenbart-Dilley
Billy Bibbit – Kyle Gilles, Monticello, Minn. (DWU)
Scanlon – Al Jacklin
Cheswick – Aaron Krumholz
Martini – Alexander Barringer, Wittier, Calif. (DWU)
Ruckley – Roger Allen
McMurphy – Ferera

The staff:
Aide Warren – Jake Habermann, Mitchell (DWU)
Aide Williams – AJ Krumholz
Dr. Spivey – Andrew Hernandez, Monterey Park, Calif. (DWU)
Nurse Ratched –Webster
Nurse Flinn – Kelly Manosh
Aide Turkle – Jeff Holstein, Riverside, Calif. (DWU)

The girls:
Candy – Megan Reimnitz, Corsica (DWU)
Sandra – Leslie Warnke

Dakota Wesleyan’s theatre department will also present student-directed one-acts in November in the Patten-Wing Theatre on campus, Nov. 27-29. The university also announced its spring musical, “Xanadu,” scheduled for March 15-17, and March 22-24, in the Patten-Wing Theatre. More information about times and tickets will be released closer to those dates. For more information, visit the DWU theatre website at www.dwu.edu/theatre/productions.htm.

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