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"The play was excellent but the weather was HOT at 80 degrees. We had been having 60-70 degrees and sitting in +80degrees it felt like death valley weather. I would recommend getting seats that are located in the shade on the bleacher rather than covered with chair seating. The chair/covered seating ..."was rather enclosed and the small breeze could not be felt. The costumes and setting was amazing. Prior to the preformance there were groups singing, dancing, etc in many different areas.They have various vendors including food, gifts etc.
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"This is a charming Southern california tradition, sincee 1923. It is the Official outdoor play of California.
The presentation of this melodramatic play, which is based on an 1883 novel, Ramona, by Helen Hunt Jackson, was intended to show the plight of the Indians at the hands of the US governm..."ent and Americans.
Presented in a lovely outdoor natural amphitheater, there are colorful costumes, horses, mexican music and dancing, Indian music and dancing all woven within this charming but sad story. It is a community effort, with most of the chorus and group cast members coming from the community of Hemet. Professional actors play the main roles.
Bleacher type seating, with covered seating available for an extra charge. Covered seating is preferable since it can be very hot in Hemet. Parking is a reasonable 5 bucks, and on the day we went- there was no shortage.
Handicapped accessible over some rough pavement. Children ok, but may be bored during some parts.
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"The Ramona Pageant is an entertaining version of Helen Hunt Jackson's novel that was written as a love story and as a critique of the way Native Americans had been treated in California. The outdoor stage is impressive as people ride their horses over the hill or pop up suddenly on the hill side wit..."h the cast of over 400. The pageant mostly uses the story as a reason to showcase Mexican and Native American dancing. There is no shade, so it can get hot (we actually got chilled so you just have to be prepared). The acting is what you'd expect from a volunteer community production that plays to a far away audience. The actor who plays Alessandro has obviously done it for years and does a great job. There is a museum and pre-show entertainment that is worth arriving early. The best part was seeing how much all of the volunteers loved what they are doing, from trolley drivers, ticket takers, to the cast members (who came out to mix with the crowd right after the show). This is a great commu...
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