One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

  Picture by Leland Shook Photography

Written by Holly Tupper


Based on Ken Kesey's controversial novel, One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest is not a light play.  "It is a study into the human psyche," says director Leland Shook, "what makes us the way we are, what forces drove or drive us to do what we do and say what we say."  Cuckoo's Nest tells the story of the rebellious McMurphy (Tim Bamberra) who ends up in a mental hospital after having faked insanity to escape a prison sentence.  Once in the hospital, though, he immediately becomes involved in a power struggle with the head nurse Ratched (Holly Czuchna), upsetting the routine of the ward.


The movie adaptation of Cuckoo's Nest portrays the story as a dramatic comedy, and is perhaps the version that most people are familiar with.  Leland, however, keeps the play true to its original purpose as a study of injustice and the human psyche.  He does not attempt to lighten the mood with cheap humor, nor does he over-play the shock factor.  The bits of humor in the show are strongly based in reality.  "The quirks and idiosyncrasies of man can be at times funny," Leland notes.  "Sometimes it's humorous, and sometimes it is uncomfortable.  I gave myself over to the sensitivity of the content and the text."  More drama than comedy, Leland's take on Cuckoo's Nest is sincere and thought-provoking. 


One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest runs at Fauquier Community Theatre January 24, 25, 26, 31, and February 1, 2.  Friday and Saturday shows begin at 8 p.m. and Sunday shows at 2 p.m.  Tickets are $16 for adults and $14 for students and seniors, and can be reserved online at, or by calling 540-349-8760.



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Smoke On The Mountain
Book by Connie Ray
Conceived by Alan Bailey
Musical arrangement by Mike Craver and Mark Hardwick
Directed by Ted Ballard
Produced by Don Richardson  
Appropriate for all ages

Smoke on the Mountain takes you back to a simpler time, 1938, where the audience becomes the congregation of the Mount Pleasant Church. You are invited to their "first ever Saturday night sing," where Pastor Oglethorpe is bound and determined to move his flock into the "modern world." The Sanders family includes Vera, the Bible quoting, hymn belting, matriarch of the Sanders family, her husband, Burl, their twins Dennis and Denise with their laugh a second antics, eldest daughter, June Sanders who "doesn't sing, she signs," and the wayward Uncle Stanley. Smoke on the Mountain is hilarious, and also shares a message of faith, family and forgiveness in the Sanders testimonies. The award-winning musical has become a world-wide hit. With its heartfelt gospel songs and down-to-earth characters, this musical is a celebration of life, love and bluegrass gospel at its finest.

Feb. 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23
Fridays & Saturdays 8 PM
Sundays 2 PM

Order your tickets to this wildly funny musical!

     SAVE the DATE: Saturday, April 5th


FCT will be hosting Live Music and Food at the Inn at Vint Hill for a very special project for the theatre. Save the date and more details are coming soon!! You won't want to miss this very special event!!


FCT Apparel for sale!! 


Coming soon! FCT will have t-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, etc., with FCT's new logo!! You will want to represent and sport the new gear! Look for these items to be added to FCT's store on our website by January 20th! GREAT GIFT IDEAS!! 



FCT Mouse Pads $10

FCT Key Chains $5


Pictures and order forms of items are available on the website,




Upcoming Auditions



For Ages 7-18 only:

Disney's Beauty and the Beast

Music by Alan Menken

Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice
Book by Linda Woolverton
Directed by Evelyn Rice and Jeremy Vest
Produced by Michael Golder
Choreographed by Alanna Mensing
Music Directed by Evelyn Rice


Auditions -  

Location: The Fauquier Community Theatre 

4225 Aiken Drive, Warrenton, VA 20187 

Dates: Friday, February 7th from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm or

Saturday, February 8th from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm


Please come prepared to sing a song from a Disney or Broadway musical. Bring the sheet music for piano (piano player provided), or background music (on a CD) with you. Be prepared to learn a dance in which you will perform.



June 13, 14, 20, 21 at 7:30 pm

June 15, 22 at 2:00 pm


Send any questions to the director, Evelyn at