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The Milburn Stone Theatre at Cecil College, along with Director Nick Yarnevich, Music Director Jarrett Rettman, Stage Manager Liz Zimmerman and Artistic Director Andrew John Mitchell are excited to announce auditions for the September 2024 production of Ride The Cyclone 

Physical location for rehearsals and performances:

The Milburn Stone Theatre, Cecil College, One Seahawk Drive, North East MD 21901 | Box Office Phone Number: (410) 287-1037

Audition Dates:

There will be two auditions for Ride The Cyclone, Monday, June 17th and Thursday, June 20th. Auditions will take place between 7 - 9:45pm. Those auditioning can sign-up for a slot at after completing the form or can arrive and sign-up during the first hour of auditions. 

(Click here for a direct link to the audition form:


Callbacks for Ride The Cyclone will be held on Monday, June 24th from 6pm to 9:45pm, Callback notifications will be sent out by Friday, June 21st at 5pm. 


Audition Preparation:

Please prepare a song (Approx.32 bars of music or less) in the style of the show. To listen to the original cast recording please click this link: (

An accompanist will be provided so please bring sheet music for the accompanist to play. Performing with an accompanist is strongly preferred, but you may provide tracks if you do not have sheet music. 

Please note: Amplification will not be provided and playing backing tracks off a cell phone (without proper additional amplification) is strongly discouraged.


Rehearsal for Ride The Cyclone will begin in early July. Rehearsals will be based on both performer and production staff availability, so please submit all known conflicts at the time of auditions. The Milburn Stone Theatre traditionally rehearses between 2 to 4 times a week. Tech week for Ride The Cyclone will be held Sunday, September15th through Thursday, September 19th, no conflicts will be accepted for these tech dates.

​Please note: Cecil College will be closed June 29th through July 7th for an extended Fourth of July week closure and August 30th at 5pm through September 3rd  at 8am for the Labor Day Holiday Break. 

​Performances for Ride The Cyclone will begin on Friday, September 20th with performances on September 21st and 22nd. Friday and Saturday night performances take place at 8pm and Saturday and Sunday matinees take place at 2pm.

​Please note: The Milburn Stone Theatre is a community Theatre on a college campus, our productions are open to the entire community, not just Cecil College Students, Faculty and Staff. This production is non-paid/non-union

Ride The Cyclone Casting Breakdown:

All roles are available, character descriptions come from  In addition, The Milburn Stone Theatre is committed to Cecil College’s principles of diversity, equity, and inclusivity, and encourages performers of all ethnicities, races, backgrounds, genders, and ages to audition but they will be performed as originally written. 

The Amazing Karnak: non-singing role; the narrator; a mechanical fortune-telling machine.

Ocean O’Connell Rosenberg: The leader of the group, relentlessly competitive, sometimes cruel, though she sees herself as a virtuous person; high Broadway mix, with a pop quality; big range.

Misha Bachinski: adopted from the Ukraine as a teenager; he has thick Ukrainian dialect and a lot of rage; he is obsessed by Gansgsta Rap (an enormous fan of the auto-tune phenomena); there is a hidden, soulful romantic side; Baritenor with the ability to sing lyrical Ukrainian folk music as well rap.

Noel Gruber: the only gay kid in Uranium; never had a relationship; obsessed by French New Wave cinema, he has fantasies of dying a tragic death. Must be able to sing in the style of a French chanteuse.

Ricky Potts: Begins the play wordless and on crutches; suffers from a degenerative disease that has left him speechless and mostly immobile; he discovers at the beginning of the play that in this strange purgatory, he has regained all of these abilities. Baritone rock voice; basic accordion and/or tumbling a plus.

Constance Blackwood: Overweight, and outwardly okay with it, but there is a very deep self-loathing. Will do anything for Ocean’s friendship and allows herself to be used as a doormat; dubbed “the nicest girl in town,” a title she secretly despises. Very likable comic actress; alto belt, with a rock edge.

Jane Doe: She was decapitated in the accident and no one claimed her body; even though she isn’t headless in the piece (but often carries around a headless doll). She reacts in a literal way and largely without emotion, almost robot-like; the other contestants are totally freaked out by her. Classically trained soprano with a flexible coloratura upper range, and some grit and meat in the lower register.


About Ride The Cyclone:

Ride The Cyclone

Show Dates: September 20, 21, 22

Show Times: Friday and Saturday Evening Performances at 8pm, Saturday and Sunday Matinees at 2pm

Book, Lyrics and Music by Brooke Maxwell & Jacob Richmond

Contemporary Musical | Recommended for ages 16+ due to adult content, themes and adult language. 

Part comedy, part tragedy and wholly unexpected, this wildly imaginative story delivers surprises at every turn.

Get ready to embark on a thrilling journey like no other with Ride the Cyclone! When a tragic roller coaster accident claims the lives of a Canadian high school chamber choir, when they awake in limbo their souls are given one final chance to shine in a cosmic talent show. As they compete for a chance at redemption, audiences are swept away by a whirlwind of music, humor, and heartache. With haunting melodies and unforgettable characters, 'Ride the Cyclone' is a poignant exploration of life, death, and the power of the human spirit. Buckle up and prepare for a wild ride through the afterlife in this darkly comedic and wildly inventive musical experience!

Ride The Cyclone is presented through special permission from Broadway Licensing

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