More than 90 students will participate in summer musical
■ By Stacey Bailey / Contributed
The Ramona Bowl Summer Youth Theatre will present Shrek, The Musical in early July. Based on the popular movie, this musical brings everyone’s favorite characters as well as the fun and whimsy of the original. There will be two performances, one on July 2 and one on July 3 both at 6 p.m. at the Ramona Bowl. Tickets are $5 and available at the Ramona Bowl Box Office or at the door.
This is the tenth year that the Ramona Bowl has presented a youth production in the bowl. Many of the children in the show have been in previous productions. Shrek is played by Jacob Ramirez who is a veteran of the summer program. He appeared at a very early age as the Modern Major General in Pirates of Penzance. He has just finished playing the lead in West Valley’s Anything Goes. The lovely Fiona is played by Elizabeth Ollerton and, though this is her first appearance at the bowl, she is no stranger to the stage. She recently played opposite Jacob as Reno in Anything Goes.
The role of Donkey will be played by 10-year-old Trinity Taylor. Dragon is going to be Danielle Gamez who has appeared in three other summer shows. Drake Rogers will be playing Lord Farquaad. Rogers has also been in previous summer shows as well as appearing in the Ramona Pageant. Ellie Ballard who appears as Gingy, the spunky gingerbread man, has been in the Ramona Summer Youth for five years. She also plays a young Fiona. Dara Bailey, who appears as teenaged Fiona, has been in numerous summer shows, and played young Fiona in West Valley’s production of Shrek five years ago.
There are over 90 students in this years production ranging in age from 5-18. Stacey Bailey who served as the director and choreographer for many years, is now the producer of the show. Janet Martin who has taken over the directing duties is Bailey’s former student and is now a theatre teacher in Los Angeles. She was actually in the very first summer theatre production. Paul Fults, who is the musical director, is also a music teacher in the Hemet Unified School District.
There are students from almost all the schools in the San Jacinto Valley including West Valley, Hemet High, Western Center Academy, San Jacinto HS, all of Hemet’s middle schools, most of San Jacinto’s and the majority of elementary schools. There are students from local, private, and charter schools including homeschooling programs. Some students even come from as far as Menifee and Murrieta.
For more information on the performance call 951-658-3111 or go the Ramona Bowl Box Office.