'Ride the Cylone' Tyler Dahl


Ride the Cyclone

Every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., and Sun. from Sept. 11-Oct. 20
7:30 p.m.
Every Sun. from Sept. 15-Oct. 20
2 p.m.

Roller coasters might be touted as death-defying thrill rides, but frequent inspections, failsafe mechanisms, and safety regulations ensure that any danger is merely imagined... except in the case of the wickedly witty musical Ride the Cyclone. Created by Canadian playwrights Jacob Richmond and Brooke Maxwell, the work has been garnering popular acclaim and critical accolades since its original conception as an abbreviated submission for a 2010 Toronto Fringe production. The musical follows six teenage choir members who meet a tragic fate when a roller coaster launches off track. They awake in a purgatorial state overseen by a mischievous mechanical fortune teller, the Amazing Karnak, who offers to restore life to the one teen who can make the most convincing case for a second chance. This mystical set-up proves to be a clever means of examining idiosyncratic passages of life and finding appreciation in its fleeting nature. This regional premiere at the Jungle features the original U.S. producer, Tony Award-winning Kevin McCollum, serving as an advisor while artistic director Sarah Rasmussen oversees a talented cast led by Jim Lichtscheidl.