The Ramona Pageant

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The Ramona Pageant
Ramona Pageant.jpg
The Ramona Pageant in 1950
Written by Garnet Holme
Date premiered April 13, 1923
Place premiered Hemet, California
Original language English
Subject Ramona
Genre Drama/Comedy
Setting 1850 California

The Ramona Outdoor Play, formerly known as (and still commonly called) The Ramona Pageant, is an outdoor play staged annually in Hemet, California[1] since 1923.[2]

History and description[edit]

The script was adapted by Garnet Holme from the 1884 novel Ramona by Helen Hunt Jackson.[3][1] Although at least eight other stage plays have been adapted from the novel, as of 1993 The Ramona Pageant is the only surviving version.[2] It is held over three consecutive weekends in April and May in the Ramona Bowl, a natural amphitheater in the foothills above Hemet in Riverside County.

The production features a cast of approximately 375 players,[2] made up largely of local residents and amateur actors. The lead roles are Ramona and Alessandro, her Native American lover.

The Ramona Pageant is the longest running outdoor play in the United States.[2] In 1993 it was declared California's official State Outdoor Play.[2]


Original cast[edit]

  • Ramona – Dorise Schukow
  • Alessandro – Bruce Botteler
  • Senora – Adelaide Clarke
  • Felipe – Karyl Marker
  • Juan Canito – Ed Poorman
  • Marda –
  • Father Salvierderra – Frank Felt
  • Luigo –
  • Margarita –
  • Aunt Ri –
  • Joe –
  • Father Gaspara –
  • Yesidro –
  • Jim Farrar –

Notable performers[edit]

Occasionally, professional actors have performed in the show, often portraying the romantic leading roles.[4]

Performers (listed alphabetically) had included:


  1. ^ a b Hill, Gladwin (April 19, 1953). "'Ramona' Country; California Town Pageant Preserves the Legend". The New York Times. Hemet, California. Retrieved March 13, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "California Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 5". 1993. 
  3. ^ Browne, Renee (August 8, 2015). "History: ‘Ramona’ inspired early Palm Springs plays". The Desert Sun. Gannett. 
  4. ^ Shauna, Snow (April 16, 1989). "Ramona Pageant: 'A Labor of Love'". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Company. Retrieved March 13, 2017. 

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