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'Ramona' pageant holds cast party at the Historical Massacre Canyon Inn


Last updated 5/16/2019 at 1:49pm

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Red Tail Spirit Dancers perform at the "Ramona" pageant.

SAN JACINTO – A cast party was held April 27, at Golden Era Productions to honor the 96th season of the "Ramona" pageant.

Over 600 volunteers from San Jacinto continue the historical legacy of "Ramona." The story was based on a book written by Helen Hunt Jackson who was America's leading advocate for Indian rights in the late 1800s. "Ramona" is not only a love story; it makes a statement about the human rights issues faced by the Native Indians in the 1800s.

The historical Massacre Canyon Inn was built in 1962, as part of the old Gilman Springs Resort. Golden Era Productions has hosted the party for over 20 years.

The Red Tail Spirit Dancer and singers and a world champion hoop dancer performed at the start of the event. The Golden Era Musicians performed throughout the evening to a crowded dance floor. One of the highlights of the evening was Kayla Contreras, who played Ramona, and Eli Santana, who played Alessandro, singing the duet "Shallow" from "A Star is Born."

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Mark and Maria Morgan and Judy and Ron Stoh are awarded special proclamations for their service and leadership in the "Ramona" Outdoor Play and for keeping the traditional California Spanish dances alive by Hemet city councilmembers Linda Krupa and Russ Brown, San Jacinto Mayor Russ Utz, Riverside County Supervisor Chuck Washington and Joshua Monsone, a representative from Sen. Mike Morrell.

This year the pageant acknowledged four people for their long term commitment and dedication to the "Ramona" pageant by county Supervisor Chuck Washington, Hemet Mayor Pro Tem Russ Brown, San Jacinto Mayor Russ Utz, Joshua Monsone from state Sen. Mike Morrell's office.

The special proclamations were presented to two husband and wife teams for their longtime exemplary service and leadership in the "Ramona" Outdoor Play. They were applauded for their work to keep the traditional California Spanish dances alive. The couples were Mark and Maria Morgan and Judy and Ron Stoh.

Mark Morgan started with the "Ramona" pageant 29 years ago as a bowl supervisor and five years later started as a Spanish dancer with his wife, Maria.

Judy Stoh started in the "Ramona" pageant 27 years ago in the choir. When Ron Stoh joined the pageant one year later, they started dancing together. They learned the traditional California jota which is a dance that has been passed down through the generations.

The "Ramona" pageant is the longest running outdoor play in the United States.

Submitted by Ramona Outdoor Play.


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