Congratulations to all for completing the audition process. You’ve done your part. Now comes the next step- casting of the play. As we know, casting can be challenging for both performers and directors alike. Often, casting is not a true measure of how we as performers took risks of involvement, faced fears, expanded talents and perhaps discovered internal nourishing pools of creativity. That is why it is important no matter what role assigned we allow ourselves positive reflection about our own growth within the process.
The Connection , 2013-14, an annual publication for famiiies, friends and alumni of Mount Madonna School.
India Abroad, 6/24/2011, “Now running for 33 years, the California Ramayan,” by Ritu Jha. Read more: http://www.indiaabroad-digital.com/indiaabroad/20110624?pg=61#pg61
What could be better than a story with a prince and princess in love, gold-spangled costumes, fierce dragon, and a heroic rescue? Now in its 33rd year, Mount Madonna School’s dazzling show is the longest running production of this timeless Indian epic in the western hemisphere, and an event for the whole family!
Please be sure to read Ramayana Casting Reflections.
Ramayana Cast 2011 by Grade
With the Ramayana audition process completing, it is appropriate to acknowledge the challenges of casting both for performers and directors. For some, this will not be a big issue, while others may experience disappointment. The key is finding a way to move forward positively. Most of us have heard the statement before – every role is pivotally important – and while a bit of a cliché, it is proven true. Staring at the cast list, you will simply see a character title or group (like Demon Choir, Monkey or Demon) by your name. We may want to quickly categorize our roles as good or bad.
Welcome to the wonder that is the Mount Madonna School Ramayana!
Whether you are a first-timer or a returning veteran, be prepared for an exciting experience of growth, challenge and fun! Being in a play, and helping to produce a play, are major commitments that demand a great amount of personal time and effort. The key is to invest fully in the proceedings and enjoy the creative process of discovery all the way through our children’s wonderful performances.
Sahana Lakka (SL) is the mother of three Mount Madonna School students who have performed in the Ramayana for many years – since preschool! Sahana and her family have strong ties with India and visit their family there each year.
My American Ramayana Experience
By Jasbir Nijor
The play is about to start, and the only thing I can think about is why the costume lady tied my bells so tight. They’re cutting off the circulation in my ankles, but the feeling of pride and honor in being one of the lucky few to wear these bells outweighs the pain.