Au­di­tions set for ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’

Record Observer - - Arts & Entertainment -

CHURCH HILL — Church Hill Theatre in­vites ac­tors of all ex­pe­ri­ence lev­els to au­di­tion for its Septem­ber pro­duc­tion of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” one of the most im­por­tant cul­tural state­ments of the mid-20th cen­tury. Au­di­tions will be held at the theater in Church Hill at 1 p.m. Satur­day, June 18, 6:30 p.m. Sun­day, June 19, and 6:30 p.m. Tues­day, June 21. Ac­tors should be pre­pared for cold read­ings from the script and to per­form a sur­prise piece of po­etry as a warm-up ex­er­cise.

Di­rec­tor Michael White­hill has roles for 13 men and four women in this mul­tira­cial cast. Ac­tors may range in age from 18 to 70 and both ex­pe­ri­enced and first-time per­form­ers are en­cour­aged to read. The pro­duc­tion will run on the Church Hill Theatre stage from Sept. 9-25 with per­for­mances on Fri­day and Satur­day evenings and Sun­day af­ter­noons.

Based on the 1962 novel by the Beat Gen­er­a­tion writer Ken Ke­sey, both Dale Wasser­man’s 1963 com­edy/drama stage ver­sion and the 1975 film di­rected by Milos For­man have in­spired an on­go­ing de­bate over def­i­ni­tions of san­ity, sex­u­al­ity, free­dom and cul­tural val­ues in mod­ern so­ci­ety. Set in an in­sane asy­lum, the play matches the wits of McMur­phy, a petty crim­i­nal who urges the in­mates to chal­lenge au­thor­ity, and Nurse Ratched, a strict dis­ci­plinar­ian who hu­mil­i­ates her pa­tients.

White­hill is ap­proach­ing this piece in a way des­tined to make his ac­tors truly un­der­stand what Con­stantin Stanislavski meant by re­mark­ing, “there are no small parts, only small ac­tors,” or the wis­dom of the re­mark­able char­ac­ter ac­tor Dabbs Greer, who said, “Ev­ery char­ac­ter ac­tor, in their own lit­tle sphere, is the lead.”

For more in­for­ma­tion on au­di­tions, per­for­mances and mem­ber­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties, con­tact the Church Hill Theatre of­fice at 410556-6003, via e-mail at of­fice@church­hillthe­atre.org, or visit the CHT Face­book page.

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