Behind The Scenes at The Ramona Bowl

Behind The Scenes at The Ramona Bowl

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Are you familiar with Ramona?

The novel was written by Helen Hunt Jackson after the Mexican American War. California was now a part of the United States and she wrote the fictional story to highlight issues that the people in the area were facing.

Garnet Holme adapted the novel to a play that made it’s debut in 1923 and is performed each Spring. This is the longest running outdoor drama in the United States and is the Official Outdoor Play of California. One of the show’s most notable actors is Raquel Welch (Raquel Tejada), who had the lead role in the 1959 production.

Raquel Welch as Ramona - Behind The Scenes at The Ramona Bowl

Ramona has historical significance as to what was happening in California when it was written, but it is also relevant to today. Ramona is an orphan of mixed race (Scottish-Native American) who endures hardships. The play is a good starting point for conversations about the impact of cultural clashes, racism, government and religion on our history and the current state of our society.

Behind The Scenes at The Ramona Bowl

The outdoor amphitheater is still in the same spot as it was during that first show in 1923. There are now seats, so that people don’t need to crouch in the bushes to watch the play.¬†Covered box seats are available.

This is a big production with 300 cast members and even some horses. Community participation and volunteers are the key to pulling this off every year. There are families who have worked on the show for generations.

Behind The Scenes at The Ramona Bowl

Inside the museum and on the grounds of the amphitheatre, you’ll find beautiful murals and artwork that highlight scenes from the play showing the love between Ramona and Alessandro, the Catholic Church and the rugged California landscape. There are also Native American artifacts from local tribes.

The costumes for the show are used year after year. Clothing is repaired and replaced as needed, but some outfits have been on stage for decades. Sizing is one size, so cast members can easily add a belt or sash to make things work.

Behind The Scenes at The Ramona Bowl

I grew up in California and studied our history in public school, but as I get older I realize that there is a whole lot that I either wasn’t taught at all or was taught in a not entirely truthful way. As an adult, I enjoy visiting historical sites and learning more about the people and events that have shaped the state.

If you’ll be in the area this April and May, be sure to get your tickets for Ramona!

Behind The Scenes at The Ramona Bowl

Ramona Bowl Amphitheatre
27400 Ramona Bowl Road
Hemet, CA 92544

Behind The Scenes at The Ramona Bowl - San Jacinto Valley , California

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22 comments for “Behind The Scenes at The Ramona Bowl

  1. mrsshukra
    October 31, 2016 at 9:54 pm

    The art work featured here are all fantastic!

  2. Cindy McElwee
    November 1, 2016 at 10:29 am

    So awesome ~ truly appreciate your information ~ horses & 300 cast members ~ remarkable to hear of the still awesome our door amphitheater that’s still the same since 1923 ~
    Love to hear about Raquel Welch ‚ô°

  3. deb
    November 3, 2016 at 4:41 am

    When I first watch Ramona my mind was blown. I had no idea this happened in our country and feel much like you that a lot was omitted from my education. It’s definitely as relevant today as it was then. Thanks for sharing about this fabulous production.

  4. Mia
    November 3, 2016 at 8:47 am

    What a fascinating story and one that I was not aware of. Would be so awesome to see this.

  5. jennifer h
    November 4, 2016 at 3:44 am

    What a cool and unique place to visit

  6. Tara Kosing
    November 5, 2016 at 8:20 am

    Im only a little familiar with this play but that amphitheater looks amazing!

  7. June S.
    November 6, 2016 at 2:20 pm

    (Behind The Scenes at The Ramona Bowl) Very interesting read, I had never heard of this place before. I really like the art work though.

  8. vickie couturier
    November 9, 2016 at 5:49 am

    how interesting,,i would love to go there as well

    November 17, 2016 at 7:23 pm

    Looks like a cool play to watch.

  10. Mary Mac
    December 12, 2016 at 5:50 am

    Gorgeous setting for this historical outdoor play

  11. Angela
    December 29, 2016 at 8:41 am

    I have seen Ramona many times. Anyone with an interest in California history or theatre should see it at least once. The amphitheater is gorgeous and really makes for a wonderful day out.

  12. Maribel
    December 29, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    I have seen Ramona several times. First time about 40 years ago :) The amazing theatre and story of California. Love it every time!

  13. Jeffrey
    December 29, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    This sounds like a nice play to watch one day.

  14. January 3, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    Can’t wait to see this play! Hoping to attend this year for the first time…
    Nice write-up about the behind the scenes tour.

  15. Valerie Mitchell
    January 3, 2017 at 4:32 pm

    Thanks, Tami!

  16. Ann Hengst
    January 4, 2017 at 11:03 am

    i would love to visit here . Everything is so colorful and bright.

  17. January 9, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    I am not familiar with Ramona, but the associated artwork is beautiful!

  18. Amy Green
    January 13, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    What an amazing story! I wish I had learned about it, growing up. I have always loved learning about history, especially all the overlooked stories involving women. I just love actress Raquel Welch. She’s so diverse and a triple threat-anybody remember her from “The Muppet Show”?

  19. Calvin F.
    January 14, 2017 at 3:58 pm

    Lots of things to see and learn!

  20. Sheila Russell
    January 19, 2017 at 7:18 am

    Great artwork, sounds like the show is worth catching thank you for sharing

  21. Jeffrey
    April 4, 2017 at 6:27 pm

    I’d love to go to the Ramona Bowl.

  22. May 11, 2017 at 2:30 am

    This is a really nice gem. I love places that can entertain as well as teach. The costumes are standing the test of time; smart that they keep them as long as possible. You are right, history in schools is not the entire story and the truth is distorted.

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