The Ramona Pageant
|The Ramona Pageant|
The Ramona Pageant in 1950
|Written by||Garnet Holme|
|Date premiered||April 13, 1923|
|Place premiered||Hemet, California|
History and description
The script was adapted by Garnet Holme from the 1884 novel Ramona by Helen Hunt Jackson. Although at least eight other stage plays have been adapted from the novel, as of 1993[update] The Ramona Pageant is the only surviving version. 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.
- 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 –
Occasionally, professional actors have performed in the show, often portraying the romantic leading roles.
Performers (listed alphabetically) had included:
- Anne Archer
- Henry Brandon
- Karen Grant Thomas (daughter of actress Betta St. John)
- Jeff Griggs (Days of Our Lives)
- Brent Howard
- Jean Inness
- Maurice Jara (Giant, The Flying Leathernecks)
- Victor Jory
- Jeffrey Meek
- Brian A. Smith
- Raquel Welch
- Hill, Gladwin (April 19, 1953). "'Ramona' Country; California Town Pageant Preserves the Legend". The New York Times. Hemet, California. Retrieved March 13, 2017.
- "California Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 5". legainfo.ca.gov. 1993.
- Browne, Renee (August 8, 2015). "History: ‘Ramona’ inspired early Palm Springs plays". The Desert Sun. Gannett.
- Shauna, Snow (April 16, 1989). "Ramona Pageant: 'A Labor of Love'". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Company. Retrieved March 13, 2017.