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theatre of dare presents “one flew over the cuckoo’s nest”

Theatre of Dare opened “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest” on Thursday, November 7th. If you missed it, no worries! The show, directed by Jon Bender, has four more performances at the COA Roanoke Island Campus Auditorium in Manteo.

Founded in 1991, the Theatre of Dare is a non-profit, volunteer group of Outer Banks friends, family, neighbors & co-workers. All proceeds from their shows go toward the costs of future productions, and to the annual scholarships they give to Dare County students.

TOD has run the gamut of community theatre in their 23 seasons, producing everything from classics like “The Glass Menagerie” and “”Bell, Book and Candle” to romps like “Little Shop of Horrors” and their upcoming spring 2014 production of “Oliver!”


I checked in with friend and TOD regular player Doug Dino, who plays patient Charles Cheswick, about taking on the challenges presented by this particular show. Here’s what he had to say:

“I think, because of the intense emotional nature, serious subject and artistic history of the projects associated with “Cuckoo’s Nest,” that people coming out for this production came at it with a level of artistic reverence that you don’t see for most shows. We have a lot of fun doing Theatre of Dare and try hard to make all the shows good, but most people were exposed to the story through the movie interpretation which was executed amazingly well and picked up the top five Oscars for that year.”

“So for all of us, I can say that we are all looking at this as an opportunity to really work with some of the best material in the world of theater and we want to do the best we can with it.”

“If you have seen the movie or read the book, the play is a bit different. Because of the nature of the medium, some characters are combined, and the nature of theater provides a different experience than the straightforward story telling you see in the film. This script attracted some of the best people that have worked with Theatre of Dare, and this production is up to the standards you find in theaters from much larger communities. It’s really a must go to event for this winter.”

I saw the show last week, and it ROCKS! There’s laughter, tears, and powerful performances by an outstanding cast. Here’s the skinny:

Four performances left: November 14-17, 2013 • Thursday/Friday/Saturday 7:30pm • ***Sunday 4:00pm***
COA Roanoke Island Campus Auditorium in Manteo

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students. All seating is general admission.(Students must show valid high school or North Carolina college/university identification.) Advance ticket outlet: Gray’s Department Store (MP 4.5 on the Bypass in Kitty Hawk).

To learn more about Theatre of Dare, click here.

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