Meet the Cast of Ride the Cyclone

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Ride the Cyclone marks the 8th collaborative production between The 5th Avenue Theatre and ACT and truly highlights what both theaters do best.

At The 5th, we believe that no other art form has the full-on, visceral power to sweep audiences up and away like a great musical does. And from the page to the stage, no one creates that magical journey like The 5th Avenue Theatre.  ACT bills itself as a “Theater of New Ideas.” They challenge, provoke and inspire us to have messy conversations that alter our perceptions of the world around us through exciting, contemporary works of theater.

A new musical like Ride the Cyclone—the story of the sudden tragic demise of six small-town teens and their fraught attempts to flee Purgatory—is a work in development. Our remarkable Seattle audiences will have the opportunity to shape the future of this show with their feedback. Part comedy, part tragedy and completely unexpected, this wonderfully weird story is at every turn satirical, macabre, creepy, campy and hilarious.

The phenomenal cast of Ride the Cyclone is now in rehearsals.

Lillian Castillo HeadshotLILLIAN CASTILLO (Constance Blackwood) is stoked to make her 5th Avenue Theatre and ACT Theatre debut. MCC: Ride the Cyclone. Chicago Shakespeare Theater: The Taming of the Shrew, Ride the Cyclone, Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits and Seussical. Marriott Theatre: Mamma Mia!, Sister Act, Man of La Mancha and She Loves Me. Drury Lane Theatre: Hairspray, Sleeping Beauty, West Side Story. Milwaukee Rep: Why Do Fools Fall in Love. Paramount Theatre: In the Heights. Arkansas Rep: Hairspray and Glorious!. Phoenix Theatre: Hairspray. Utah Shakespeare Festival: Macbeth, School for Wives and Private Lives. She would like to thank her husband, family and Stewart Talent for their support.

Karl Sean Hamilton HeadshotKARL HAMILTON (The Amazing Karnak) makes his Seattle debut. Off-Broadway credits: Ride the Cyclone at the MCC Theatre. Regional credits: Asolo Repertory Theatre (Sarasota, FL); Peninsula Players Theatre (Fish Creek, WI); Timber Lake Playhouse (Mt. Carroll, IL). Chicago credits: Goodman Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Court Theatre, Marriott Lincolnshire, Drury Lane Oakbrook, Ravinia Festival, Chicago Children’s Theatre, Broadway Playhouse, Porchlight Music Theatre, Mercury Theatre, Theatre at the Center, Congo Square and First Folio Theatre. For the last decade, he has remained a proud and outspoken member of the Actors’ Equity Association. Hamilton is married to actress Elizabeth Haley.

Emily Rohm HeadshotEMILY ROHM (Jane Doe) is honored to be making her West Coast debut with The 5th and ACT. Rohm played the role of Jane Doe in the Off-Broadway production of Ride the Cyclone at MCC Theatre where she earned a Lucille Lortel Award nomination for her performance. She also originated the role in the Chicago production of Ride the Cyclone at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Other favorite roles include Mary Poppins (Paramount Theatre), Arminy in Carousel (Lyric Opera), Marian Paroo in The Music Man, Jane Ashton in Brigadoon (Goodman Theatre), Belle in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Chicago Shakespeare Theater), Johanna in Sweeney Todd (Drury Lane Oakbrook) and Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd (Paramount Theatre). She is also the owner of Röhm, a clothing design label that specializes in handmade clothing and bridal garments.

Connor Russell HeadshotCONNOR RUSSELL (Ricky) National Tour/The 5th: Flounder in Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Regional: Disney’s Aladdin, A Chorus Line, Hairspray Anniversary Concert, The Music Man (5th Avenue Theatre); Quentin in October Sky (The Old Globe); Idaho! The Comedy Musical (The Smith Center); Beatsville (Asolo Rep); A Christmas Carol (Pittsburgh CLO); White Christmas (Arkansas Rep); High School Musical (Seattle Children’s Theatre) and Gypsy (Capital Repertory Theatre). Select film: Paul in The Hinterlands (IAWTV Award nomination for Best Leading Actor), Brand Upon the Brain (Toronto Film Festival/New York Film Festival), Truth Slash Fiction (SeriesFest and ITVFest Winner). BFA from Point Park University. Instagram/Twitter: @mrconnorrussell.

Adam Standley HeadshotADAM STANDLEY (Mischa) is a Core Company Member of ACT Theatre, a founding member of The Satori Group and a carpenter with LCM Builders. He has performed at The 5th in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying; at ACT Theatre in The Legend of Georgia McBride, Tribes (Gregory Award), Stupid F*cking Bird (Gregory Award Nomination) and Mr. Burns: a post electric play; at INTIMAN in Angels in America, Part 1 and 2; and numerous Satori Group works. Deep thanks to John Langs for his leadership and heart. Standley is in love with a woman named Amanda who is in love with a dog named Bogie who is in love with Standley.

Tiffany Tatreau HeadshotTIFFANY TATREAU (Ocean O’Connell Rosenberg) is elated to be making her 5th Avenue Theatre and ACT Theatre debut with this incredible team. Off-Broadway: Ride the Cyclone (Ocean). Regional: Rock of Ages (Regina), Mamma Mia! (Sophie), Sister Act (Mary Robert), Ride the Cyclone (Ocean), Bat Boy (Shelley), Spring Awakening (Anna) and more. She earned her BFA in Musical Theatre from Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts. Many thanks to Stewart Talent and her ever-present family and friends for their constant and crucial support on the ride. Follower her @tifftates or through her website:

Kholby Wardell HeadshotKHOLBY WARDELL (Noel Gruber) is making his 5th Avenue Theatre and ACT Theatre debut. Wardell has played Noel in every production of Ride the Cyclone in Canada and the U.S. Favorite theater credits include: Algernon in The Importance of Being Earnest, Freddie in My Fair Lady, Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors (Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre); Lance in 500 Words (Green Thumb Theatre) and Bing Crosby, Socksboots and Self in The Lost Spirit of Christmas (Terrible Adults). Next up, Wardell can be seen playing Tobias in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street with BBRT in Victoria.


Chelsea LeValley HeadshotCHELSEA LeVALLEY (Ladies’ Understudy) is thrilled to be here! Regional: The 5th Avenue Theatre/ACT (Assassins), The 5th Avenue Theatre (Carousel), Seattle Repertory Theatre/La Jolla Playhouse (Come From Away), ACTLab (Buzzer), Village Theatre (original cast of A Proper Place), Seattle Shakespeare (Medea), Taproot (original cast of Persuasion, Big Fish), Intiman (original cast of Stu for Silverton), Hangar Theater, Seattle Children’s Theatre. With over 30 regional credits, LeValley is a bi-coastal director, playwright and award-winning actor. Her curriculum using social justice theater is presented at conferences across the country. BFA Elon University. Next Up: San Antonio Playhouse (Katherine in Newsies). Jeremiah 29:11.

NicholasTarabini_HeadshotNICHOLAS TARABINI (Men’s Understudy) is so thrilled to take this crazy journey with you! Past 5th Avenue Theatre credits include Paint Your Wagon, Mercer Girls, The Sound of Music. Regional: Paint Your Wagon (Ordway). Seattle: American Idiot, Peter and the Starcatcher (ArtsWest); Into the Woods (Village Theatre); Next to Normal, Legally Blonde (Second Story Repertory Theatre); Fiddler on the Roof (Seattle Musical Theatre). All his love to Mom, Dad and Mat.

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