Experience California’s Greatest Love Story - Ramona!

Ramona Performances are April 13 and 14, April 27 and 28, and May 4 and 5.

 

Experience California’s Greatest Love Story - Ramona!

The hills are alive with the Sound of Ramona! In the spring the hillsides in Hemet, California turn a luscious green and the Ramona Pageant returns for three weekends of spectacle and excitement. The Ramona Pageant isn’t only a play, it isn’t even just a pageant, it is truly an experience. To really enjoy this experience one needs to arrive at the Ramona Bowl shortly after the gates open at 1:30pm. Visitors will be greeted by friendly cast members dressed in period costumes and warmly welcomed to the courtyard of the Ramona Bowl.

 

Ramona Museum

From there, guests can make choices about what to do first. Many visit the Ramona Museum which has exhibits covering all of the performances of Ramona since the beginning in 1923. There are photos of the many celebrities who have appeared in the pageant including Victor Jory, Jeanne Inness, Anne Archer, and Raquel Welch. There are items that celebrate how Ramona drove the tourist industry in early California and authentic Native American items.

But the showpiece of the museum is the Milford Zornes Fresco. Zornes was a famous artist known for his California landscapes. He produced many murals in Southern California but only one fresco found in their museum which was done in 1942. Mr. Zornes lived to be 100 years old and last visited the Ramona Bowl in 2006 when he was 98.

 

Ramona Gift Shop

Next to the museum is the Ramona Gift shop. You can pick up any number of Ramona themed gifts from note cards, to coasters, to posters that feature designs from the early Pageants. There are Christmas ornaments featuring the faces of Ramona’s and Alessandro’s from the 20’s and 30’s. There are also art pieces and jewelry with Native American or Cowboy themes.

 

Pre-Show Entertainment

When you have finished with the museum and gift shop one comes back out into the courtyard where the pre-show entertainment has begun. There will be children doing Folklorico dancing and Native Americans performing Bird Songs. Visit artisan booths where there are demonstrations of creating time period crafts and goods.

 

Dining

As you enjoy the music you have many options for dining. The Kiwanis club has a full BBQ and the concession stand has a wide variety of foods, but you might want to try the Ramona Terrace where there is waitress service and sitting on the deck is the best view of the entire San Jacinto Valley. Sitting on the terrace enjoying a glass of wine or a margarita, soft breezes blowing the strains of the music performed down below will give you that gentle sense of peace of a bygone time when Ramona and Alessandro fell in love.

 

The Pageant

Finally, you enter the Ramona Bowl Amphitheatre as the Pageant is about to begin. Starting with a bang from a period cannon, the audience is then swept back in time into a world on fire with author Helen Hunt Jackson’s star-crossed lovers, Ramona and Alessandro. A pageant is, by definition, a spectacle, and Ramona does not disappoint. There are soldiers presenting the end of the Spanish/American War, the coming of the American Cowboys to the land of the Mexican Rancho and caught in the cross fire, the Native Americans who have lived on the land for many ages.

The Pageant has hundreds of volunteers who bring to life the daily happenings on the Moreno Rancho at sheep shearing time, the music and dancing of a fiesta, the thundering of cowboys racing up and down the hills of the beautiful Ramona Bowl, and the beauty and majesty of the Elder Blessing where Native Americans fill the hillside.

Through all of this, the impassioned love of Ramona and Alessandro is the thread that stitches and weaves this amazing story together. This year Ramona is played by Kayla Contreras and Alessandro is played by Eli Santana.

 

Don’t miss your chance to be part of the Ramona Experience!

The performances are April 13 & 14, April 27 & 28, and May 4 & 5 at 3:30pm. Gates open at 1:30pm, the play begins at 3:30pm.

Ticket Prices   Lower level: $32 for all ages

Locals: $20

Upper level: $32 for adults

$29 for seniors 62 and up

$19 for children 12 and under

Shaded Box Seats: $47 for all ages

For Tickets & Information call 951-658-3111 or go to RamonaBowl.com.

 

 

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