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ONE FLEW WEST Taking its title from the same children’s folk rhyme as its source material (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest), Josephine Schekert’s world-premiere “thrance” adapts the story from a mental asylum, but with a cross-gender twist. Under Nurse Ratched’s (Joseph Beck) paternalistic thumb, all of the inmates are comfortably numb, until a new inmate, R.P. McMurphy (Kelly Grete Ehlert), enters the fold and becomes hell-bent on shaking things up. Gradually, McMurphy wins the confidence of her cohorts, but things turn dark in the second act (the stronger of the two) when Ratched flexes his muscle and takes care of Mack once and for all. Being a thrance, there are dance interludes between the scenes, some emotionally charged and effective (“My Skin,” “Consider This,” “I Will Go Quietly”), the rest mechanical. Jessica Schroeder’s direction is similarly uneven, as the performance doesn’t pick up until near the end of Act 1, and the few emotionally charged scenes can be attributed to the source material. Ella, Sadie and Trixie Minx’s lighting design, however, provides a nice atmosphere for the dance numbers. Standouts among the inmates include lovable stutterer Billy Jo Bibbit (CJ Merriman), constantly mumbling Penny Bancini (Erin Coleman), sadly lobotomized Bettina Ruckly (Genevieve Jones) and unofficial leader Dale Harding (Kirsten Wendeborn).

 

CREW
JESSICA SCHROEDER as Director/Choreographer
JOESPHINE SCHEKERT as Writer
KELLY GRETE EHLERT & ALEXANDER LITTLE as The Auxiliary
PRESTON OLIVER as Music & Sound Designer
ETTA RAY as Costume & Set Designer
JOHN KARIAN as Engineer & Master Builder
ELLA, SADIE & TRIXIE MINX as Lighting Designers
SUZE CAMPAGNA as Stage Manager
CJ MERRIMAN as Assistant Stage Manager
ERIKA JENSEN as Assistant Choreographer
MAYZE JAMES as Graphic Designer
NORTHSOUTH PR as Publicist

CAST
* KELLY GRETE EHLERT as R. P. McMurphy
* CYNTHIA DALLAS as Sara Bromden
* KIRSTEN WENDEBORN as Dale Harding
* CJ MERRIMAN as Billy Jo Bibbit
* ALESHA NICOLE PALMER as Charlotte Cheswick
* ERIN COLEMAN as Penny Bancini
* MEGHANN LUCAS as Andrea Scanlon
* ERIKA JENSEN as Lucinda Sefelt
* TAMIKA SIMPKINS as Margo Fredrickson
* GENEVIEVE JONES as Bettina Ruckley
* JOSEPH BECK as Nurse Ratched
* STACIA NEUBERT as Dr. Carolyn Spivey
* TORY SCROGGINS as Nurse Flynn
* JOSEPH GELLER as Aide Warren

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