Ride the Cyclone

Runs Sep 20Oct 20, 2024
Book, Music, and Lyrics by Jacob Richmond & Brooke Maxwell

Regional Premiere

Reaching for the skies takes on a whole new meaning when six members of a Canadian chamber choir take a fateful rollercoaster ride to the great beyond. When they awake in limbo, a mechanical fortune teller invites each to tell a story to win a prize like no other — the chance to return to life. Both madly hilarious and surprisingly introspective, this award-winning musical poses the question of what makes a life well-lived, or in some cases, worth saving.

Performed in the Decker Theatre

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“Delightfully weird and just plain delightful”- The New York Times

“Chillingly dark and wittily funny” – Playbill

“Zany, zingy and macabre musical” – The Seattle Times

“Quirky, bizarre, creepy, clearly commercial, emotionally hefty and generally rather tantalizing musical” – The Chicago Tribune

“A musical that is unexpectedly charming and entertaining” – Curtain Up

  • Full run: Sept 20 – Oct 20, 2024
  • Previews: Sept 20 – 27
  • Opening Night: Sept 28
  • Enhanced Safety Performance: Oct 3
  • Post-Show Discussion: Oct 6

Jacob Richmond (pronouns: he/him) is the co-founder of Atomic Vaudeville, a popular cabaret theater series in Victoria, BC. He’s won a CBC Radio One Award for Best Comedy (From Canada to Canada) and a Vancouver Fringe Favorite Award (Legoland) among others. Richmond has written several plays, including: The Qualities of Zero (Dora Award nomination, Montreal MECCA Award winner for Best Text); Small Returns (Theatre Passe Muraille); Legoland (SummerWorks Award for Best Text, Frigid Festival New York Favorite Production, Vancouver Fringe Favorite Award); From Canada to Canada (CBC Radio One Award, Best Comedy); and The Punch and Judy Show (Caravan Farm Theatre). Born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, he majored in history and performance at Concordia University (Montreal).

Brooke Maxwell (pronouns: he/him) is a freelance musician, composer, and educator based in Victoria, BC, Canada. He has scored as well as created the sound design for multiple works, his most recent being Gruff for Puente Theatre. A prominent artist in Canada, Maxwell has underscored and sound designed several local Canadian and national works: Gruff (Puente Theatre), And Slowly Beauty (Belfry Theatre, National Arts Centre, Tarragon Theatre), A Tender Thing (Belfry Theatre) The Glass Menagerie, Long Day’s Journey into Night (Bluebridge Theatre), Joan (Theatre SKAM), Busted Up (Open Pit Theatre).