‘Ramona’ doesn’t show signs of aging as she approaches 100

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Kayla Contreras and Eli Santana reprise the roles of Ramona and Alessandro for the historic 100th anniversary season of California’s official outdoor play. Valley News/Cindy Boeing photo
With renewed energy and spirit, organizers of California’s official outdoor play “Ramona” met for a kickoff celebration of the play’s upcoming 100th season. At the recently renovated courtyard that welcomes visitors to the Ramona Bowl Amphitheatre, guests gathered at sunset on Sept. 24 to share a view of the San Jacinto Valley, some favorite memories from past seasons and plans for the upcoming milestone production.It was a reunion of sorts with longtime volunteers and generations of participants in attendance. Many were invited to receive Certificates of Appreciation and recognition for their many years of devotion to the Ramona family. One of those was Jeff Olear of San Jacinto, who has been a member of the Rock Indians cast for 14 years.“I came up here in the 1990s wit
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