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“Ride the Cyclone: The Musical”

June 20 12:00 am June 29 12:00 am

June 20–29, 2024

Music, Book, and Lyrics by Brooke Maxwell and Jacob Richmond

In this hilarious and outlandish musical, the lives of six teenagers from a Canadian chamber choir are cut short in a freak accident aboard a roller coaster. 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. Moving and memorable, “Ride the Cyclone” will remind you to seize each and every day of a thrilling, unexpected, wacky, and joyful existence.

“High-spirited and just plain fun from start to finish.”


“Ride the Cyclone”—with music, book, and lyrics by Brooke Maxwell and Jacob Richmond—stars Madelaine Vandenberg (as Ocean O’Connell Rosenberg); Owen Harrison (Mischa Bachinski); Christian Maxwell Henry (Noel Gruber); Stephen Blauch (Ricky Potts); Colette Élan Caspari (Constance Blackwood); Madison Hertel (Jane Doe); and Chris “Red” Blisset as the Amazing Karnak.

In addition to Blisset, who also serves as musical director, the production’s creative team is anchored by director Shirley Serotsky (who is also the Hangar’s Producing Artistic Director) and choreographer Aimee Rials. Joining them are Jason Simms (set designer), Andrea Mejuto (costume designer), Elizabeth M. Stewart (lighting designer), Stephen St. Francis Decky (projections designer), Colten Langfitt (sound designer), and Jeremy Pletter (vocal coach).

“Ride the Cyclone” will take place indoors, on the Hangar Theatre’s Niederkorn stage. Please note: this production is recommended for audience members ages 13 and up, as it contains strong language and some scenes that deal with mature themes and subject matter.

Tickets are available individually or as multi-ticket “FlexPass” subscriptions, and there are many ways to save! With a 3-Ticket or 6-Ticket FlexPass subscription, YOU get to choose the performances that best match your interests and your schedule. Please visit https://hangartheatre.org or call 607-273-ARTS (2787) to purchase tickets and learn more.

The Hangar Theatre also offers discounts for groups of 10 or more; gift subscriptions; “pay-what-you-will” tickets; and other ways to save. Please contact the theatre at boxoffice@hangartheatre.org or 607-273-ARTS (2787) for further details.

Thursday, June 20, at 7:30 p.m. (Preview Night*)
Friday, June 21, at 7:30 p.m. (Opening Night)
Saturday, June 22, at 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 22, at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 23, at 2:30 p.m.
Tuesday, June 25, at 7:30 p.m. (Tuesday Talkback following the show*)
Wednesday, June 26, at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 27, at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, June 28, at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 29, at 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 29, at 7:30 p.m. (Closing Night)

* Preview Performance (Thursday, June 20): Previews are shows performed in front of an audience prior to their official opening. This gives the director and creative team a chance to experience the production with an audience present, while adjustments can still be made.

** Tuesday Talkback (Tuesday, June 25): Members of the creative team will participate in a live Q&A following the 7:30 p.m. performance. No registration is needed; if you have tickets for another performance of “Ride the Cyclone,” you are welcome to join us for the Talkback!

The Hangar’s production of “Ride the Cyclone” is made possible in part thanks to our generous Partner in Hospitality, Nest Communities, as well as all our 2024 sponsors. The production is the first in the Hangar’s 2024 Mainstage season, followed by “Ragtime: The Musical” (July 11–25) and “Todd vs. the Titanic” (July 27–Aug. 3).


June 20 @ 12:00 am
June 29 @ 12:00 am
$22 – $66
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