Albany Civic Theater – Albany, OR

Albany Civic Theater • Albany, OR

Now in our 73rd season

Ride the Cyclone

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

Directed by: Loriann Schmidt 

Auditions: Dec. 2, 3, 4 (callbacks), 2024

Performances: Feb. 21, 22, 27, 28, Mar. 1, 2(m), 6, 7, 8, 9(m), 14, 15, 2025

In this hilarious and outlandish story, 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. This popular musical is a funny, moving look at what makes a life well-lived!


Loriann Schmidt has done theater all her life. Starting in 2nd grade with an appearance in The Music Man, the theater bug (and lighting bug) has always been with her. Her first light board was her own invention (in high school) made with rheostats and an old suitcase, a ton of soldering lead and a whiff of smoke. A long string of shows both professional and community as costume designer, light designer, stage manager, assistant director and director followed and the rest, they say, is history. Loriann has directed shows at Pentacle, Keizer Homegrown Theatre and a private school in Beaverton. She serves on the board at Keizer Homegrown Theatre and has been active in other areas of Albany Civic Theater as Lighting Manager, costume designer and all-around Helpful Person. She made her directorial debut at Albany Civic Theater last season with The Great Gatsby.

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Cast of Characters

Wendla Bergmann: Megan Harnden
Melchior Gabor: Carson Mack
Moritz Stiefel: Finn Mendez
Martha: Aliyah Foote
Thea: Teza Ross
Anna: Abigail Davison
Ilse: Maeve O’Connor
Hanschen/Rupert: Michael Stevenson

Ernst/Reinhold: Aeries Landes
Georg/Dieter: Mere Butler
Otto/Ulbrecht: Zane Victor
Adult Woman: Kellie McMahan
Adult Man: Andrea Daniels