Monday, May 2, 2011


The pageant in Hemet is an outdoor dramatization of  Helen Hunt Jackson’s 1884 novel  about  the Indian’s eviction from Temecula with a cast of more than 400.  The stage is  a hill with a ranch house on the part of the flat section and steep trails that actors and horses use as well  The story revolves around  fictional Ramona and Alessandro and destruction of the Luseno village.  The drama is told through a large chorus of Spanish singers, over 50 local Indians performing native dances and music,  dozens of horseback riders and many actors who create the joys and sorrow of  early  California
history. This year is the 88th season.  There are only a few performances on a couple of weekends in April each year.
The Lions club has a BBQ lunch available before the mid-afternoon  show. There is a small museum with the history of the pageant, a gift shop, snack booths and entertainment in an open area before show time. I took this day trip with Kathy Wong with an Oasis group. 

This video will add to my description about the pageant as well. 

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