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Theatre Passe Muraille/Acting Up Stage Company – Atomic Vaudeville’s Ride the Cyclone

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November 22, 2011
Reviewed by Paula Citron

Ride the Cyclone
Atomic Vaudeville
Book by Jacob Richmond
Lyrics and Music by Brooke Maxwell and Jacob Richmond
Directed by Britt Small and Jacob Richmond
Performed by Rielle Braid, Matthew Coulson, Kelly Hudson, Elliott Loran, Sarah Pelzer, Kholby Wardell and James Insell
Theatre Passe Muraille
Nov. 10 to Dec. 3, 2011

Imagine an entertaining musical about death.

Atomic Vaudeville is an innovative theatre company based in Victoria, BC, known for its bizarre choice of subject matter. If you saw Legoland in 2008, you know what I’m talking about.

In their new show, Ride the Cyclone, six members of a chamber choir in Uranium City, Saskatchewan are killed when the rollercoaster they’re on loses an axle. We’re told that at the start by the narrator Karnak, a fortune-telling puppet in a vending machine.

The show allows us to meet the six teenagers from St. Cassian’s School and hear about their lives and hopes. Believe it or not, it is all very amusing. Particularly clever is the way the songs advance both character and plot.

Jacob Richmond did the book, lyrics and direction, working with co-creators Brooke Maxwell, Britt Small and choreographer Treena Stubel. The talented cast has terrific vitality and energy.

Ride the Cyclone continues at Theatre Passe Muraille until Dec. 3.

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