Join Hanuman, the monkeys, and princes Ram and Lakshman, as they journey to Lanka in their quest to rescue the Princess Sita in Ramayana!, Mount Madonna Schools (MMS) 42nd annual musical theater production adapted for modern audiences and replete with lively action, dazzling costumes, family humor, and universal life lessons.
The substantial cast is comprised of approximately 175 students preschool through grade 12. Ramayana! tells the story of Prince Ram and Princess Sita and her abduction by the demon King Ravana. Set to a mix of traditional and contemporary music, the show features an adult choir and musicians with more than a dozen original, standout songs.
Ramayana! has been central to Mount Madonna School since its founding, said Head of School Mary Supriya McDonald. Its the culmination of months of work during the academic year and is a year-end celebration for our community embracing diversity and creative self-expression. With this show, we carry forward a tradition inspired by Baba Hari Dass (1923-2018) and supported by the Mount Madonna Center. The Ramayana is a timeless classic teaching the universal values of truth, duty, love and service to the greater good.
The show features choreographed fight scenes, monkeys and monsters, comedy, deep introspection by many characters, including King Ravana (in his unique, ten-headed costume). Also within the action are rousing choreographed dances from bharatanatyam to hip hop, as well as plenty of stage combat and spectacle.
The costumes, demon and monkey masks, elaborate sets, props, and monster rigs (such as Kumbhakarna, a 25-foot puppet with a radio-controlled mechanical mouth and eyes) were created by Baba Hari Dass, as well as artisans associated with both the center and the school. Every item in the show is a work of handmade art.
Ramayana! is a Broadway-caliber production, unique in its ambition. Now forty-two years running, the show is a major contribution to the artistic and cultural life of the San Francisco and Monterey bay areas, the expression of a living tradition with ties to India and the global Indian diaspora, and a unique treasure for generations of students and theater goers.
Nestled among the redwood forests of the coastal mountains, Mount Madonna School (MMS) is an independent, Pre/K-grade 12 institution serving families in Santa Cruz and southern Santa Clara counties. Fully accredited by the California Association of Independent Schools and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, MMS is dedicated to academic excellence, creative self-expression and positive character development. Our faculty are recognized for creating experiential education filled with heart and meaning.
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1700 Alum Rock Ave
San Jose, CA 95116
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