(photo credit: Barbara Pedrick)
Cyclone Hits Winnipeg!
...the dead rise and sing
by Edgar Governo
Ride the Cyclone: A Musical arrives in Winnipeg with hype worthy of a carnival barker—the media coverage of its current tour across Canada has a very catch-a-rising-star quality, as if you are witnessing the birth of the next great musical theatre classic. Even its programme write-up compares it to The Drowsy Chaperone, whose humble beginnings eventually led to a Tony-award winning Broadway run.
The weirder it got, the more I enjoyed it
The seemingly bleak premise revolves around the six teenage members of the Saint Cassian Chamber Choir (named, naturally, after a martyr killed by his own students), who simultaneously meet their untimely demise in a freak amusement park ride accident. Now just as dead as their boom-and-bust hometown of Uranium, Saskatchewan, and stuck in a sort of musical purgatory, they are told by The Amazing Karnak (voiced by Carey Wass and puppeteered by James Insell, a mechanical fortune-teller with a somewhat more serious mandate than the soundalike Johnny Carson character) that one of them can have another chance at life...if they can prove their worth.