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Ride the Cyclone

Mar 10 – May 20, 2018

Book, Music & Lyrics by Brooke Maxwell & Jacob Richmond
Directed and Choreographed by Rachel Rockwell
A co-production with and presented at ACT – A Contemporary Theatre

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At 8:17 PM, the Saint Cassian High School Chamber Choir will board the Cyclone roller coaster. At 8:19, the front axle will break, sending them to their tragic demise. Trapped in fantastical carnival-like purgatory, the recently deceased teens discover a mechanical fortune teller, who invites them to tell their stories of life interrupted, with the promise of a prize like no other. Welcome to the West Coast premiere of Ride the Cyclone, a wildly original new musical. Part comedy, part tragedy and completely unexpected, this wonderfully weird story is at every turn satirical, macabre, creepy, campy and hilarious.

“A delightfully weird and just plain delightful show… knocked out of the park” -The New York Times

Some shows deal with mature themes and may not be appropriate for all children. For information about whether a particular show is suitable for your child, we strongly encourage you to read the Content Advisories for each production. Children under 4, including babes in arms, will not be admitted. 

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Ride the Cyclone

ACT Theatre

A Co-Production

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Plan Your Visit

Whether this is your first visit to The 5th Avenue Theatre or your 50th, we want to ensure that you enjoy every moment. If you have any questions about the theater accommodations or services, please call 206-625-1900 or e-mail

Arrival Time

Productions begin promptly, so please arrive at least 15 minutes early. Doors open 45 minutes before the show and seating begins 30 minutes before the curtain.

Late Seating

Patrons arriving late will be seated at the first suitable pause in the performance in the least disruptive location. Following intermission, an usher will help you find your seat.


All performances will take place as scheduled, regardless of weather conditions.


The 5th Avenue Theatre welcomes children ages 4 and older. Children under 4 years of age, including babes in arms, will not be admitted. 

Some shows deal with mature themes and may not be appropriate for all children. For information on whether a particular show is suitable for your child, please see the Parental Guidelines included for each show. Complimentary booster seats are available at the Coat Check.

Emergency Contact

Please leave the following information with your sitter or service, so we can quickly locate you in the event of an emergency:

Theatre Coat Check phone:  206-625-1294
Your seat location: aisle, section, row, and seat number

Coat Check, Assistive Devices, and Special Needs

Complimentary Coat Check is located in the lobby next to Aisle 3. You may check any item you don’t wish to carry into the theater. Booster seats, assistive listening headsets, and Braille playbills are available at no charge. Binoculars may be rented for $5.00.

Food & Drinks

Refreshments are available for purchase on both levels of the lobby before the performance and during intermission. Candy and beverages purchased at the lobby concession stand may be brought into the theatre. Beverages must be in a bottle with cap or a theater cup with lid. 

Ticket Refunds & Exchanges

You may exchange your tickets if you do so 24 hours or more prior to your scheduled performance date. Subscribers may exchange tickets with no exchange fee. Single-ticket buyers are charged an exchange fee. Please note: Tickets are non-refundable.

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The use of cameras and video or audio recording equipment is strictly prohibited. You may leave these items at the Coat Check.

Smoking Policy

Smoking is not allowed in any part of the theater nor within 25 feet of the theater entrance.

Firearms Policy

No firearms of any kind are allowed in any part of the theater.

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If you experience any discomfort during a performance, an usher or the House Manager will be glad to assist you.

Ride the Cyclone

Ride the Cyclone is set in a warehouse that holds the detritus of Wonderville, once an amusement park, including the remains of The Cyclone, a huge roller coaster. The Amazing Karnack, a magical fortune-telling machine, narrates the show. The cast: the teenage members of the “former Saint Cassian Choir,” whose fortunes Karnack told before they boarded the Cyclone for its final ride. Now one of these six will be given a chance to come back. As Karnack tells us, this is their chance to express not what they were perceived to be (“Our Six Saints”) but what they dreamt to be.

Recommended for ages 14 and up.


Adult Language:

At one point, all the teenage choir members agree on one thing: “Why’d I even go to class? / Algebra 12, kiss my ass!” Ricky addresses Ocean as “badass.” Also heard one or two times: “bitches,” “son of a bitch,”“shit,” “goddam” and “dick” (as in “Don’t be a dick”).

Ocean, campaigning to be the one chosen, sings of her friends, “Add ‘em all up and you still get zero / What you really need is a futher-muckin’ hero.” However, the actual “F” word is used when Noel says of his female drag alter ego (about whom he also uses the word “whore”), “I want to be that f—d-up girl.”


Sexual References:

One of the teens, Mischa, looks back on his fate and berates himself: “Sex? Oh, God, why did I wait?”

Another, Noel, notes that “being the only gay man in a small rural high school is a bit like having a laptop in the Stone Age. I mean, you can have one, but there’s no place to plug it in.” Noel reminisces about his ad libbing a line from Waiting for Godot during a 7th grade Christmas pageant: “There’s no room at the inn, for it is Christmas. Shall we hang ourselves? I hear it gives you an erection. Then we should hang ourselves immediately.” He was, he says, “a sexual provocateur and novelist who never wrote a novel or had sex.” Noel sings a song in drag as his alter ego, a French “hooker with a heart of charcoal;” he and Mischa dance a tango and kiss.

Ricky, who suffered from a degenerative disease that affected his mobility and took his voice, sings of his fantasy of a race of cat-like aliens (“the sexy Cat Women from Zolar”) whom he saved by fathering their next generation. 

One of the teens tells a story of how, tired of being dismissed as “nice,” she had sex for the first and only time with a carnie in a port-o-potty just before riding the Cyclone.  She is the only one of the six who did not die a virgin.



The show’s cast are the six children who took a last ride on the doomed roller coaster, which derailed at the apex of its loop-the-loop. The accident is implied through a series of projected images.

Constance becomes annoyed with Ocean’s self-centeredness and punches her “in the friggin’ boob,” as Ocean puts it.



As the children reminisce about their fall from the coaster, one asserts that the “carnie” operating it was drunk. 

Noel’s alter ego, Monique Gibeau (based on Marlene Dietrich in The Blue Angel), sings of “a whirl of boozy, floozy light;” she is a chain smoker and sells herself for opium.

Mischa, the rap singer, says of his “homies:” “We pass around the chronic / We party all night.”  “Chronic” is high-quality marijuana.

Mischa and Noel are seen chugging vodka.