“Ride the Cyclone,” by Jacob Richmond and Brooke Maxwell, is a youthful and fast-paced, modern musical that has quickly become a social media megahit.

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, Karnak, invites each to tell a story to win a prize like no other – the chance to return to life.

Boasting a variety of musical genres and a hilarious ensemble cast, this wildly popular musical is a funny yet moving look at the consequences of actions and explores what makes a life well-lived.

“I love Cyclone because it celebrates the resilience, perseverance and hope of young people while acknowledging the trauma they have experienced and live with,” says Raimondo Genna, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Theatre and director of “Ride the Cyclone.”

Ride the Cyclone contains adult themes, including violence and self-harm.

Tickets ($15 Adults, $12 Senior Citizen [62+], $10 K-12 & non-USD students with ID, and free for USD students with ID) can be purchased between 12-5 p.m. at the USD Theatre Box Office or by calling 605-658-3484. Tickets can also be purchased online.

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