‘Ramona’ outdoor play begins 2020 audition process


HEMET – The Ramona Bowl Amphitheater is accepting photos and resumes for the major character roles of Ramona, Alessandro, Senora, Juan Canito, Don Felipe, Father Salvedierra, Father Gaspara, Margarita, Luigo Dolores, Marda, Ysidro, Jefferson Hyer, Aunt Ri and Joe in the outdoor play “Ramona.”

Ramona and Alessandro are the young star crossed lovers. Ramona is a young lady who has been raised in the convent and on the Rancho Moreno, but she is still a free spirit, yearning to find out why she doesn’t seem to fit in the genteel Spanish society. Alessandro is the son of the chief of the Temecula tribe. He leads the sheep shearers. He is dependable, honorable but also a young man with passion.

The Senora runs the Moreno Rancho. She is a widow and her iron will has kept the rancho going since her husband’s death. Her son, Felipe has been ill for some time, so the daily decisions have fallen on her shoulders. She could not do it without Juan Canito the foreman of the ranch. He is much of the comic relief in the first act, as he verbally battles with Marda, the cook for the entire family. Marda has a large family that includes the flirtatious Maragarita and the mischievous Dolores. Luigo is a young man on the rancho who works Juan and flirts with Margarita.

Father Salvedierra is the spiritual leader of the rancho who cares deeply for Ramona and respects Alessandro. He is also a mentor to Felipe. As Felipe recovers from his illness it is obvious that he has also fallen in love with Ramona. Ysidro is Alessandro’s cousin who works with Felipe and comes with Father Gaspara when they go to search for Ramona and Alessandro in the wilderness.

While in the wilderness Ramona meets the Hyer family, Jefferson Hyer, a strong, honorable man, Aunt Ri, a kind and loving soul, and their young son, Joe who provides some needed comic relief.

The production is looking for experienced stage actors who can perform outdoors in various types of weather and also have the stamina to walk and run down trails and climb stairs. Strong vocal delivery is a must with the ability to take command of a large outdoor performance space.

Auditions for children’s roles will be held in January. There are openings for children of the Rancho, village children and Rock Indians.

Auditions for cowboy roles will be announced. Contact artistic director Dennis Anderson at (951) 232-5267 for details.

Actors interested in auditioning must submit their photo and resume by Nov. 15, to ramonaauditions@gmail.com or mail to: Attention: Auditions, Ramona Bowl Amphitheater, 27400 Ramona Bowl Road, Hemet, CA 92544.

Resumes will be screened by the artistic director and staff. If selected, actors will be asked to come to the Ramona Bowl for an interview. After the interview, actors may be asked to audition.

Rehearsals are held on weekends from Jan. 25 to April 4 with performances at 3:30 p.m. April 18-19, 25-26 and May 2-3.

Submitted by Ramona Bowl Amphitheater.