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Ride the Cyclone opens February 23rd at the Lab

FORT MYERS, FL (January 15, 2024)  The cult classic Ride the Cyclone makes its SWFL premiere, opening on February 23rd at The Laboratory Theater of Florida.  Ride the Cyclone book, lyrics, and music are written by Jacob Richmond and Brooke Maxwell. 

The lives of six teenagers from a Canadian chamber choir are cut short in a freak accident aboard a rollercoaster. They awake in a surreal, carnival limbo in which they compete to win a prize like no other: the chance to return to life. The modern cult classic and viral hit Ride the Cyclone will have you asking the big questions while having amusement park fun.

“…this quirky, smart, and darkly hilarious show reveals the resilience of the human spirit.. – TheaterMania

Producing Artistic Director Annette Trossbach says, “This show is an explosion of talent on our stage! It’s eccentric and zany with layers that peel back to reveal the deeper purpose and joy of life. The music and choreo are outstanding. One by one, the students perform to show why they should be the one to be brought back to life. The songwriting is dynamic and eclectic, with everything from European post-war cabaret to autotune rap to cheer, and why this musical is so popular today.”

Directed by Annette Trossbach, Ride the Cyclone features Jania Boucher (Ocean O’Connell Rosenberg), Nick Beyor (Noel Gruber), Gabrielle Lansden (Jane Doe), Seth Balcer (Mischa Bachinski), Jonattan Declet (Ricky Potts), Brittany Ringsdore (Constance Blackwood), and Trace Meier (voice of Karnak).  Music direction by Earl Sparrow and choreography by Erica Fiore. Kaci Davis is stage manager and assistant director. Set design by Jonathan Johnson and Gabrielle Lansden. 

Performance dates:

February   23, 24, 29 7:30 PM 

February   25 at 2 PM

March       1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23 at 7:30 PM

March        3, 10, 17 at 2 PM

Special Events: 

February 21, 22 at 7:30 PM      Half-price previews

February 24     at 7:30 PM      Teens get a free ticket to the performance (reservations required)

March 21         at 7:30 PM      Sensory-friendly performance

This show is rated PG-13

“Ride the Cyclone” is generously sponsored by The City of Fort Myers.

Tickets are $40 each or $15 for students with valid IDs. There are half-priced previews on December 6th and 7th, and a new Thursday night reduced ticket price of $32 each for adults. For tickets, please call the box office at 239.218.0481.



Photography and videography of this production are strictly prohibited.

Thank you for your cooperation and support of The Laboratory Theater of Florida.



The Laboratory Theater of Florida, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is dedicated to the promotion of the performing arts, through live performance, education, community outreach, experimentation, and the development of ensemble work. The company features ensemble productions, produces classic works, takes artistic risks, which both feature and challenge local performers. For more information visit or the physical location at 1634 Woodford Avenue, in the Fort Myers River District.

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Ride the Cyclone at The Laboratory Theater of Florida featuring Jania Boucher, Brittany Ringsdore, Jonattan Declet, Seth Balcer, and Nick Beyor.  (png)

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