...we didn't actually have a script until we started working the text two or three days into rehearsal.
—Jameson Matthew Parker, actor
What is it like to be a part of Ride the Cyclone? It's a roller coaster ride. Pun intended. No apologies planned.
When Ride the Cyclone first played Vancouver in 2011, it was the show that you had to see. So at the suggestion of a friend who had seen every iteration for a grand total of eight viewings at the time (he's at 13 now) I went down to Granville Island to check it out and was blown away - for a variety of reasons, not least of which was how talented the cast was. So when the opportunity arose to be a part of this team, I leapt at it and held on.
Jameson Matthew Parker of Ride the Cyclone (RMTC)
Normally when you begin rehearsals, you have had the script for some time and can do your own preparation for the first day. But Cyclone
is an ever-evolving beast that lives and breathes, so we didn't actually have a script until we started working the text two or three days into rehearsal.
As stressful as a changing script can be, there is nothing that can compare artistically to the feeling of being a part of the creation of this piece and knowing that what I do in the room has a direct impact on how this show evolves - especially when it is a show that I loved to watch and now have the opportunity to be a part of.
Original cast of Ride the Cyclone (Tim Matheson)
This tour has seen everything from screaming audiences that make you feel like you are playing a rock and roll show, to quiet, contemplative audiences who engage with the show in the exact opposite way.
We have had to stop the show for medical emergencies in the audience and have had our sound guy step into a role because an actor had a medical emergency of his own.
Through it all I have had the chance to become a part of the Cyclone
family, one that includes some of the most dedicated and talented theatre creators, producers, technicians and musicians around and to be a part of this company that we keep is a real honour.
If you had told me the night I saw Cyclone
that I would be a part of this team, I wouldn't have believed you. But this is living the dream.
Ride the Cyclone: A Musical runs through April 6 at the MTC Warehouse.
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