Ramayana

Class of ’24 Senior Spotlight: Bella Sol Padilla

Name, city of residence: Bella Sol Padilla, Gilroy Grade you started at Mount Madonna School: I began at Mount Madonna as a sophomore. What inspires you? Creativity and ambition inspire me. What is your favorite subject in school, and why?  My favorite…

Class of ’24 Senior Spotlight: Cy Harris

Name, city of residence: Cy Harris, Watsonville Grade you started at Mount Madonna School: 11 What inspires you? Many things inspire me. My family and friends are the main things. What is your favorite subject in school, and why?  My favorite subject…

"Ramayana!" 2024 Cast List

Congratulations to the cast of “Ramayana!” 2024!   ā Ā Ī ī Twelfth Grade Anya Princess Sitā Beatrice Hanumān Bella Queen Kausalyā, Sampati, Demonini Cooper Prince Rāma Cy Hooknose Emma Bonehead Erik Lord Shiva, Student Choir Erin Queen Kaikeyī, Nila the Monkey…

Self-Expression, Connection, Transcendence: Music Teacher Holly Ota

Holly Ota is the new Mount Madonna School (MMS) performing arts music director and middle and high school music teacher. Holly has been educating Santa Cruz County music students since 1991. She holds a M.M. in piano performance and pedagogy from Northwestern…

India Currents: This Week in Pictures, Behind the Scenes at Mount Madonna School’s Production of "Ramayana!"

India Currents, 6/12/2023, by Sree Sripathy, “This Week in Pictures: Behind the Scenes and Book Readings: Sree Sripathy, photographer about town, gets an inside look at the Ashavari Music Festival, an Abraham Verghese book reading, and the Mount Madonna School production of…

Lookout Santa Cruz: Mount Madonna’s Immortal Epic Returns for 44th Year

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…

Gilroy Life, Morgan Hill Life: Mount Madonna’s 44th Annual Musical "Ramayana!" is Colorful Show Full of Exotic Characters

Morgan Hill Life, 6/07/23, “Mount Madonna’s 44th annual musical ‘Ramayana!’ is colorful show full of exotic characters” Gilroy Life, 6/07/23, “Mount Madonna’s 44th annual musical ‘Ramayana!’ is colorful show full of exotic characters”