Lookout Santa Cruz, 6/8/2023, “Mount Madonna’s immortal epic returns for 44th year,” by Wallace Baine.
Mount Madonna School near Watsonville has long used the musical “Ramayana!” as an educational tool and a community-building experience for its students, and this year’s production of the theater epic based on a Sanskrit story from ancient India takes place Thursday through Sunday at the Mexican Heritage Theater in San Jose.
Yes, I’m aware that the following is a recommendation for an event over the hill, 35 miles from downtown Santa Cruz, on infamously white-knuckle Highway 17. But this one deserves some local attention, because it’s rooted in Santa Cruz County, and it’s been going on for a long, long time.
It is “Ramayana!”, a new production of the theater epic based on a Sanskrit story from ancient India, and one of the foundational texts of Hinduism. The show is the work of the Mount Madonna School, near Watsonville, and it’s mounting its 44th annual production of the play, this weekend at the Mexican Heritage Theater in San Jose. Read more