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'Cuckoo's Nest' earns accolades at state festival

March 10, 2011

Zack Spears, left, and Brody Smith rehearse a scene from “One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest,” which the Howard College Drama Department recently staged at the state community college theater festival. (HERALD photo/Steve Reagan)

The judges were cuckoo for “Cuckoo's.”

The Howard College Drama Department closed out its spring schedule by staging “One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest” to highly positive reviews at the recent Texas community college theater festival.

Unlike the Academy Award winning movie — which at times resembled a comedy with dramatic overtones — HC's staging of the play flipped that around — deeply serious with a few light moments interspersed among the drama.

“One of the judges told me this was the first time he found the play frightening,” said Kirk Davidson, head of the HC drama department. “There is a lot of comedy, but yes, it's very dramatic … This is probably my favorite show we've staged since I've been here.”

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