The Cameron University Department of Art, Music, and Theatre Arts will continue its 2023-24 “Season of Chaos, Compassion and Care” with the musical “Ride the Cyclone.” The production will be presented in the University Theatre from Thursday, February 22 through Sunday, February 25. The curtain goes up on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday at 2 p.m.
Tickets purchased at the door are $20 for adults, $15 for senior citizens and members of the military, and $12 for non-CU students. Cameron University students, faculty and staff receive one free admission with their CU I.D. Tickets can be reserved by calling the Box Office at 580-581-2346. Tickets can also be purchased in advance online at https://www.cameron.edu/art-music-and-theatre/events/buy-tickets (taxes and processing fees apply).
Members of the St. Cassian High School chamber choir of Uranium City, Saskatchewan, have perished on a faulty roller coaster called The Cyclone. Each tells a story to win the reward from a mechanical fortune teller: the chance to return to life.
This production features a large cast and crew of CU’s talented theatre majors. Merlin Phillips, Duncan, stars as The Amazing Karnak, the fortune teller who controls the fate of the students. Pleading for their lives are Comanche’s Shayson Lenee’ Hodges as Constance Blackwood, Grace Norbury of Lawton as Jane Doe/Penny Lamb, Dakota Maggard Weeks of Lawton as Mischa Bachinski, and Tulsa’s Charles Mvnte Jones, as Noel Bruber. Also portraying students are Duncan’s Victoria Spruill as Ocean O’Connell Rosenberg, Lawton’s Victor Quinones as Ricky Potts and Joceline Hernandez as Virgil. Hernandez is from Baytown, Texas.
Behind the scenes, Natalie Small of Duncan serves as stage manager, and Tamia Johnson of Graceville, Fla., is assistant stage manager. Francis Waweru, Nairobi, Kenya, is the lighting designer and sound board operator; Spruill lends a hand as props master, and Theo Cognet, Lawton, serves as projections operator. Alex Bliefernich is the light board operator, and Alexzander Earnest and Gabriella Aguilar are spot operators. All three are from Lawton.
Jaiden Standridge from Duncan is assistant costume designer and wardrobe supervisor, assisted by wardrobe crew member Rhiannon Pettigrew of Lawton. Skylar Edwards of Lawton and Sydney Dalby, Cache, are members of the running crew. Lawton’s Maliah Davis handles the production’s public relations and serves as house manager.
Music students Owen Ellis, Yukon; Alyssa Price, Lawton; and Mykayla Waller, Altus, comprise the pit orchestra.
Guiding the students through the production are assistant professor Dr. Natalie McCabe as director and choreographer; assistant professor Ben Williams as technical director, production manager and projections designer; instructor Susie Williams as costume designer; instructor Jean Tartière as fight choreographer; and theatre facilities manager Joseph Roberts. Dr. Greg Hoepfner, professor, is the production’s musical director.