Nov 10 - Dec 3, 2011

Presented by Theatre Passe Muraille in association with Acting Up Stage Company.

Ride the Cyclone is the newest creation of British Columbia’s Atomic Vaudeville—a group of the country’s most unique and enthralling theatre creators.

A teenage chamber choir from Uranium City, Saskatchewan dies in a roller coaster accident at a traveling fair. Ride the Cyclone is their final recital, where they celebrate their individuality while coming to terms with their untimely demise. This comic assault on your senses is more than a musical, it’s a unique theatrical insight into the angst of a new generation.

Awards & Recognition

  • Toronto Theatre Critics’ Award (2012): Best Canadian Musical
  • Toronto Theatre Critics’ Award (2012): Best Director of a Musical, Britt Small and Jacob Richmond
  • Toronto Theatre Critics’ Award (2012): Best Actor in a Musical, Elliott Loran
  • Dora Award (2012): Outstanding Touring Production

Check out the trailer




Jacob Richmond

Lyrics and Music by

Brooke Maxwell and Jacob Richmond

Directed by

Britt Small and Jacob Richmond

Choreographed and Staged by

Treena Stubel


Rielle Braid, Matthew Coulson, Kelly Hudson, Elliott Loran, Sarah Pelzer, and Kholby Wardell

Set Design

Hank Pine and James Insell

Costume Design

Ingrid Hansen

Lighting Design

Michael Franzmann


Chris Loran



**** (out of 4)! The most awe-inspiring, truly entertaining, heart-tugging, toe-tapping musical I’ve seen in years.

— Richard Ouzounian, The Toronto Star

**** (out of 4)! My love for it is beginning to exceed the bounds of critical propriety.

— J. Kelly Nestruck, The Globe and Mail

NNNN (out of 5)! An outrageously fun show performed by young artists you’ll be hearing lots about in years to come.

— Glenn Sumi, NOW Magazine

**** (out of 5)! Take this ride over and over again.

— John Coulbourn, The Toronto Sun

***** (out of 5)! If there is one show to say you “saw it when…,” it’s Ride the Cyclone

— Carly Maga, The Torontoist

Sheer theatrical magic.

— Drew Rowsome, FAB

Riotously funny, always surprising and filled with five shows’ worth of solid ideas.

— Jon Kaplan, Now Magazine

A work of pure genius.

— Peter Birnie, Vancouver Sun

Tight and bright and carries its audience along on a roller-coaster like ride that never lets up in its high level entertainment factor.

— Monica Prendergast, CBC

Imaginative, laugh-out-loud funny and oddly touching.

— Adrian Chamberlain, Times Colonist