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38th Annual Ramayana!
June 9, 10, 11, and 12, 2016
Thursday preview show, June 9 at 7:00 pm
Friday night, June 10 at 7:00 pm
Saturday night, June 11 at 7:00 pm
Sunday matinee, June 12 at 2:00 pm
Mexican Heritage Theater
At the School of Arts and Culture at Mexican Heritage Plaza
1700 Alum Rock Avenue, San Jose, CA
TICKETS go onsale May 1, 2016
Dress Circle tickets will be available for Saturday and Sunday!
Dress Circle includes:
- the best seats in the house!
- reserved parking immediately adjacent to the theater
- a pre-show reception with hors d'oeuvres and refreshments
- intermission treats
- and a backstage tour!
- a portion of the ticket price is a tax-deductible donation and helps to underwrite this production.
Thursday Preview Show tickets sold separately at - onsale May 1, 2016
"This professional grade all-student extravaganza appealed to fresh audiences along with devoted fans.
'I am coming here for the first time because I want my daughter to see this. I grew up in India and my parents used to take me to watch Ramayana. My daughter has not seen anything like this before so it’s a perfect opportunity for her,' said Ramneek, who came from Danville to watch the show.
'The thing that blows my mind is that somewhere in California, this is being done for the last 35 years. As a school production it is just remarkable. The kids’ performances along with the setup and costumes are just amazing,' said Nalin, a San Jose native who came to the show with friends and family."
–Reena Rathore, Special to India West, June 11, 2014 [Read full article]
"Mount Madonna School's Ramayana!, the best school pageant ever. BUT, the reality goes far beyond. Yes, indeed, all actors are students at the school from preschool to seniors, but the quality of the production raises it to the level of true art."
–Paul Myrvold, Out & About Magazine
The Ramayana! is an annual all-school event in which the entire student body takes part. This magical theatrical production of drama, dance and song has been entertaining audiences for over 35 years. In the preschool years students may begin by taking part in the ever-popular forest animal scene. Gradually they work their way through various small parts as dancers, singers, monkeys, demons, and martial artists until they finally emerge in the lead roles in their high school years. Behind the scenes, a large supporting cast of parents, teachers, alumni and Mount Madonna Center staff take on the roles of prop makers, costumers, make-up artists, technicians, musicians, stage crew, and concessionaries. This makes the Ramayana our largest school event of the year.
Please consider supporting the Ramayana! by advertising in the playbill. Playbill advertising plays a crucial role in underwriting this production and maintaining the quality performances year after year. Advertisement dollars help offset the significant costs of costumes, special effects, make-up, transportation, theater rental, and more.
Sellout performances play to audiences from:
- Santa Cruz County
- Santa Clara County
- San Benito County
- Alameda County
Rates for ads range from $100 - $1,050 Color or Black & White. See Rate Sheet (pdf).
For more information call (408) 847-2717.
Please help us support the Ramayana! Production & the Mount Madonna School Theater Program by becoming an underwriter.
For more information call (408) 847-2717
More Background on the Story
What could be better than a story with a prince and princess in love, gold-spangled costumes, smoke-breathing dragon, and a heroic rescue? Now in its 37th year, Mount Madonna School's dazzling show is the longest running western production of this timeless Indian epic, and an event for the whole family!
Enduring 2600 years as one of the world's most widely-read classics, Ramayana [pronounced ra-MY-a-na] tells the story of Prince Ram, who, banished from his kingdom, leaves with his true love Sita and brother Lakshman to find a new home. The trio makes its way deep into the forest, encountering an array of magical characters, including: tribal folk and gentle forest animals, giants and wizards, heroic monkeys and bears, an enchanted golden deer and a wild, smoke-breathing dragon!
Mount Madonna School's production, a local tradition since 1978, features a cast of nearly 200 student performers, from preschool through high school, accompanied by a choir and adult musicians. It is a story of love, adventure, separation and an eventual joyous reunion, in an ancient allegory of the battle of good and evil. The show is filled with exciting action, spectacular costuming, family humor and original, live music.
As the story unfolds, relevant, profound and subtle themes emerge—not only the power of goodness and the determination of love, but also the need for compassion to all beings.
A rich performing arts tradition and integrated arts curriculum make MMS performances outstanding. Put aside any stereotypes of what "school play" might bring to mind—think professional quality, phenomenal, authentic costumes, staging, musical talents and dramatic accomplishment. These kids work hard—and it shows!
Bringing Ramayana to life each year is a labor of love for the crew as well, with hundreds of faculty, staff, parents and volunteers contributing in myriad ways. This is testament to the strong volunteer spirit and community-building efforts espoused by Mount Madonna School.
Read more: Silicon India magazine's preview of the production.
See a gallery of Ramayana! photos on IndiaWest.com