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The Chamber Choir at the center of Ride the Cyclone hails from the fictional Uranium City in Saskatchewan. They famously came there for the “half-life” but stayed there for their “whole life” (little radioactivity humor for you). Uranium City may be made up, but Saskatchewan really IS the world’s largest supplier of uranium.
The most famous Cyclone roller coaster may be at Coney Island, but the show doesn’t take place there (Karnak tells us that he is the property of the Wonder Ville traveling fairground). Cyclone is a very popular name for a roller coaster, and we suggest the truly interested explore the 13,771 articles on https://coasterpedia.net/.
Narrating the events of the show is the mechanical fortuneteller the Amazing Karnak. Karnak can predict the cause, time, and place of someone’s death…but is usually set to “family fun novelty mode.” Mechanical fortune tellers like Karnak gained popularity in the penny arcades and boardwalks of 1930s, 40s, and 50s and had a resurgence in the late 1980s when one featured prominently in the movie “Big.” While we only have room in our heart for Karnak, many were named Zoltan, which is Hungarian for “sultan.”
Also, though the show far pre-dates the current conflict in the Ukraine, it’s particularly special to be producing a show prominently featuring a Ukrainian character at this moment in time. Bad-boy rapper Mischa Bachinski may inhabit a tough persona, but he reveals himself to be full of love and longing, especially for his homeland. Creator Richmond is originally from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, home to the largest population of Ukranian Canadians. Many of them are descendants of those who fled the 1932/33 Holodomor (or Great Famine) in Soviet Ukraine.