Upper School drama students put on an outstanding performance of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest last fall under the direction of Upper School Drama Teachers Patrick Huber and Carolyn Hood.
In the play, mental hospital patient Randle McMurphy, played by Morgan Niven ’20, leads a revolt against cold Nurse Ratched, played by Jamerson Durrill ’19, in the stage adaptation of the Ken Kesey novel.
“Playing Nurse Ratched was really intimidating at first, because she is such a recognizable and notorious villain. However, as the process went on, I found myself really sinking into the character and becoming more comfortable with my role,” Durrill said.
“One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest was a fantastic experience not only as an actor, but as a student as well. The issues surrounding mental health and authority vs. resistance, and the conflict therein, are very important issues to examine in today’s age. I’m thankful I got to explore them with such an excellent director, crew and fellow cast members,” Niven said.
The show featured incredible lighting, projections, sound and costumes by a full crew of Upper School students, including Olivia Thomas ’22, Athena Tharenos ’20, Christian LeNoir ’20, Gideon Meissner ’20, Kendall Rozen ’21, Dilyn Halverson ’21, Ilana Meissner ’21, Bianca Sforza ’19 and Mimi Brown ’21. Bravo!