RIDE THE CYCLONE
Book, Music and Lyrics by
Jacob Richmond and Brooke Maxwell
In a dilapidated warehouse at an abandoned amusement park, an aging mechanical fortune-teller called The Amazing Karnak comes to life and brings with him a ghostly choir of five deceased high-schoolers. They are all members of the Saint Cassian Chamber Choir, who were tragically killed on the park’s Cyclone roller coaster. Now Karnak has the power to return one of these youths to life - but they must all decide among themselves who is the most worthy of a second chance to “ride the cyclone” that is life.
This fanciful one-act musical features a diverse cast of uniquely Canadian characters and has charmed audiences across North America. With songs in vocal styles ranging from ballads to rap, Ride The Cyclone has been called "probably the most uproarious and outrageous piece of musical theatre Canada has ever produced."
The Amazing Karnak - A mechanical fortune-telling machine that has been set to "family fun mode"
Will perhaps do some back up singing.
Ocean O'Connell Rosenberg - Female-identifying, 18+ to play late teens. Alpha female. Ocean is the self-proclaimed leader of the group, relentlessly competitive. She starts out oriented to win at any cost, but ultimately her heart breaks open to seeing the humanity in those she once saw as rivals. High Broadway mix, with a pop quality. Big range.
Noel Gruber - Male -identifying, 18+ to play late teens. The only gay kid in Uranium. Never had a relationship. Obsessed by French New Wave cinema, he has fantasies of dying a tragic death, like a French prostitute. Intellectual, biting wit, but he doesn’t have enough hindsight or life experience to make him a snarky bitch. Tenor, with a great falsetto. Sings in the style of a French chanteuse.
Mischa Bachinski - Male-identifying, 18+ to play late teens. Adopted from Ukraine as a teenager. He has a thick Ukrainian dialect and a lot of rage. He is obsessed by Gansgsta Rap (an enormous fan of the auto-tune phenomena). There is a hidden, soulful romantic side. Baritenor with the ability to sing lyrical Ukrainian folk music as well as rap.
Ricky Potts - Male -identifying, 18+ to play late teens. Lives with a degenerative disease that has left him speechless and mostly immobile. He discovers at the beginning of the play that in this strange purgatory, he has regained all of these abilities. He reveals a secret inner life in which he accesses Rockstar superpowers of charisma –think Prince or Bowie. Baritone rock voice. Basic accordion and/or tumbling a plus.
Jane Doe - Female -identifying, 18+ to play late teens. A mystery. Possibly the new girl at school whom no one had gotten to know yet. She was decapitated in the accident, and no one claimed her body. Even though she isn’t headless the piece (but often carries around a headless doll), the trauma of the accident leaves her discombobulated and removed. It’s like she’s learning the world anew, with some weird references from a past life. Classically trained soprano with a flexible coloratura upper range, and some grit and meat in the lower register.
Constance Blackwood - Female -identifying, 18+ to play late teens. Comic chops, a big heart, and a delightfully goofy and soulful way of seeing the world’s bittersweet wonder. Will do anything for Ocean’s friendship and allow herself to be used as a doormat. Self-deprecating, lots of pain under the pleaser façade. Dubbed “the nicest girl in town,” a title she secretly despises. Alto belt, with a rock edge.
RIDE THE CYCLONE is a visually stunning musical comedy that asks “what makes a life well lived?” This musical encounters grief and loss head-on but also invites us to see each other and ourselves with new eyes. It lets us feel big feelings and encounter the mysteries and wonders of being human. This production walks the tightrope of hilarious and heartfelt. These characters have no idea they are funny. Our heroes are awkward, sometimes infuriating, and ultimately glorious teenage souls. In 90 minutes, we see them transform from stereotypical strangers into fully prismatic humans that we will never forget. The magic of that transformation is via your actor ability to remind us that through empathy, change is possible. And when we see characters change, something in us feels just a little more possible.
LISTEN TO THE CAST RECORDING
Friday 18th November - 6pm - 10pm (Same time as SHREK)
Please use our stage door at the back of the theatre.
Saturday 19th November - 1.30PM - 4.30PM - (Same time as SHREK)
Please use the main entrance
CALLBACKS - Saturday 19th at 6pm - please be prepared to do choreo and sing harmony piece
Ocean - What the World Needs
Ricky - Space Age Bachelor Man
Noel - Noel's Lament
Mischa - This song is Awesome
Jane - The Ballad of Jane Doe
Constance - Sugar Cloud
ALL - It's not a game, it's just a ride - harmony. Learn the part that suits your vocals.
Start harmony at 3:26
These tracks were found on the internet. They are for audition purposes only. We have paid for, and licensed, official rehearsal and performance tracks.