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Special Needs Walk
Learn about the many parenting styles of the redwoods, the dedicated parenting of the endangered marbled murrelet, the extended
08/26/2018 at 1:00pm
Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map

Special Needs Walk

Sunday, August 26 at 1pm

On this wheelchair and special needs accessible hike, Docent Nan Singh-Bowman will cover a wide range of subjects including plants, animals and the history of Big Basin. The hike will be paced for non-traditional kids, but everyone is welcome! Please wear comfortable shoes/clothing and bring water, snacks, hat and sunscreen. Be prepared for very warm weather but bring a light jacket or sweater as well. Meet at Big Basin Redwoods State Park Headquarters. Event is free; vehicle day use fee is $10. Events made possible by California State Parks and Mountain Parks Foundation.

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Spring Camp: The Art and Science of Nature
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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Calling young artists and scientists curious about nature!
Date: Every day (Feb 2-Apr 6) from 8:30am to 3:30pm
Ages: 5-6 Admission Fees: $265 - April 2-6, 8:30-3:30
Special Instructions: Discounts for members and siblings, limited scholarships available

(0 February 2018) SCMus_SpringCamp2018ArtandSceinceofNature.jpgThe Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History is proud to present an inspiring week of nature exploration.

Campers draw inspiration from nature through exploration and hands-on investigation! They make new friends at this day camp featuring walking field trips, Museum exploration, science projects, and nature-inspired art.

We invite kindergartners and first graders to come observe, explore, and appreciate the wonders of the natural world here in our backyard as well as in the Museum's collection. With the inspiration of our spring "Art of Nature" exhibit, we will explore what nature reveals to us everyday through a variety of individual and collaborative art projects. Every camper will create artwork to take home, make scientific discoveries, and most importantly, create memories, friendships, and a personal connection to the unique nature of the Santa Cruz coast.

Each of the five days will focus on a different theme that will guide a variety of art projects, science investigations, supervised explorations, and games. "Leave no trace" ethics and safety in nature will be emphasized throughout the week so that campers will leave equipped with a better understanding of how to responsibly interact with the natural world.

Join us to build connections to nature and stewardship for our world. ENROLLMENT WILL OPEN FEB 2 at 9 am.


Location: 1305 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 420-6115 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
School Day Tours at Gateway School
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Gateway School
Come and learn how our teachers use innovative teaching informed by research to inspire a love of learning.
Date: 04/17/2018 from 9:00am to 11:00am
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: K-8

We hope you will join us for our March School Day Tours to experience first hand our dynamic classrooms in action. Tour our K-8th grade and specialist classes in action. Come and learn how our teachers use innovative teaching informed by research to inspire a love of learning. Meet parent ambassadors, students and Head of School.


Gateway School is an independent K-8 academically challenging Progressive school. Our education is rooted in play, creativity, and critical thinking. During their time at Gateway, students develop self-confidence, communication and collaborative skills. We value a love of learning and encourage our students to become compassionate and responsible citizens. Gateway has long been a leader in innovative learning techniques - it was the first school in Santa Cruz to establish a Life Lab, the first to build a Maker's Space, and the first to institute a mindfulness program.


Location: Gateway School, 126 Eucalyptus Ave., Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-423-0341 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Campus Tour
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Mount Madonna School
Come visit Mount Madonna School
Date: 04/18/2018 from 9:30am to 11:30am
Ages: All with school-age children Admission Fees: Free

Small classes and learning that goes beyond the classroom walls, Montessori-influenced Pre/K and college prep 1st-12th grades. Featuring hands-on science labs, outdoor adventure, travel, marine biology studies on Catalina Island, buddy program, visual and performing arts. Contact Benna Dimig at 408-846-4042 or admissions@mountmadonna.org


Location: 491 Summit Road, Mount Madonna Map
Phone: (408) 847-2717 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Walk Through the Grades
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Santa Cruz Waldorf School
Come See Why Waldorf Works
Date: 04/19/2018 from 8:30am to 10:30am


Join us for a guided tour through the grades classrooms followed by time for questions. Adults only please.

 

Santa Cruz Waldorf School honors students' individual development and capacities, and nurtures a love of learning through our rich curriculum inspired by Rudolf Steiner. At our rural, forested campus, our community, led by creative Waldorf-trained teachers, encourages the protection of childhood and respect for all life.

 

Santa Cruz Waldorf School cultivates self-directed, empathetic and free-thinking individuals with the courage and capacities to serve an ever-evolving humanity.

 


Location: 2190 Empire Grade, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 824-2161 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Fashion Teens
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Fashion Teens
Teens show off their fashion creations, many of them from upcycled materials
Date: 04/20/2018 at 7:30pm


(0 April 2018) FashionArt_Teens.jpgSanta Cruz photographer r.r. jones, adjusts the lighting on Simone Evenson during an all-day photo shoot of the winning entries for FashionTEENS 2018.

 

Evenson's dress, which she created with Audrey Pierson in their art class at Mission Hill Middle School, features photos of her parents' wedding across the skirt and collar, and a bodice pattern created from slides of her parents' childhood.

 

FashionTEENS is an annual spring fashion show at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, created by local artist and teacher Kathleen Crocetti. Teens compete to participate, and many of the submissions use upcycled materials.

 

This year's event takes place Friday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m. One hundred and twenty teens from sixteen Santa Cruz County Middle Schools and High Schools will model fashions they designed and constructed.

 

Tickets are available at santacruztickets.com. More information at fashionteensantacruz.com. (Crystal Birns - Contributed)

 


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WPENS Open House
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Westside Parent Education Nursery School
Open House - Wpens is not just a preschool its a family!
Date: 04/21/2018 from 10:00am to 11:30pm


We are enrolling for Fall, ages 2 to 5. Meet the teachers and talk to parents to find out why WPENS is their school of choice. Wpens is a nonprofit parent coop preschool with positive discipline and parent education seminars. Join our community. Wpens is not just a preschool its a family!


Location: WPENS, 1231 Bay Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 8314293995 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Spring Festival, Coastal Community Preschool
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Coastal Community Preschool
Join us for a Circus! themed day of family fun! at our annual Spring Festival
Date: 04/28/2018 from 10:00am to 2:00pm
Ages: 1-5 Admission Fees: $15 per child - $25 per family
Special Instructions: Adults are free

Join us for a Circus! themed day of family fun!
Proceeds from this fundraiser will help our Big Yard improvements project. Invite your family and friends!
• Petting zoo, bounce houses, face painting, puppet show, art projects and so much more!
• Don't miss our famous raffle with fabulous prizes from local businesses
• Hot dogs, lemonade, bake sale


Location: 900 High Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 462-5437 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Summit for the Planet Earth Day Celebration
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Mount Madonna School
Join us for an amazing Learning Expo & fun-filled day!
Date: 04/28/2018 from 9:00am to 1:30pm
Ages: all Admission Fees: none

an eco-carnival and e-waste event

"The annual Summit for the Planet connects the MMS school community with local area organizations and businesses supporting the environment and teaching young people the importance of stewardship," commented MMS Head of School Mary Supriya McDonald. "The walk-a-thon is a way for our school to raise funds and awareness, and a day of play and fun for families and all the visitors who join us on the mountaintop."

 

(AA Summit) SummitBlast_RunningBuddies.jpgHosted by Mount Madonna School, 491 Summit Road, Mount Madonna. Registration and information at SummitforthePlanet.org

 

(Schedule subject to change)

9:30 - 10:00am: Registration
Students Perform

Students Perform
9:45 am: Walkers Stretch

10:00 am: Walk-a-thon begins

10:30-11:00: Walkers Return

11:05 pm: Songs by the MMS student choirs

11:15 pm: Award Ceremony and Sponsor Recognition

11:30 pm: Carnival Opens!
Trash Fashion Show

Trash Fashion Show
11:35 pm: Solar Car Race

12:00 pm: Trash Fashion Show

12:20 pm: Entertainment
(Live music, dancers, and more)

1:30 pm: Event Concludes


Location: 491 Summit Road, Mount Madonna Map
Phone: (408) 847-2717 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Dia de Los Ninos
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Branciforte Small Schools
Wonderful community celebration including presentations of multicultural dance and music, children's activities, crafts, book gi
Date: 04/28/2018 from 10:00am to 2:00pm


(0 April 2018) dia-de-los-ninosBranciforte.jpgPlease join us for a wonderful community celebration including presentations of multicultural dance and music, children's activities, crafts, book give-away, food and beverages.

 

All funds raised support public education at the Branciforte Small Schools Campus (Ark, AFE, Costanoa and Monarch)!

 

Come join the fun!

 

For more information, call (831)429-3898 ext. 213

 


Location: 840 N Branciforte, Santa Cruz Map
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Kirby Shadow Days
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Georgiana Bruce Kirby Preparatory School
How do students know if Kirby is a good fit? A shadow day is an ideal way to find out
Date: Every Mon (Nov 1-May 1)
Ages: Family Admission Fees: FREE

Shadow Day

How do students know if Kirby is a good fit? A shadow day is an ideal way to find out. We will pair your student with a student host with similar interests. Together they will experience a "day in the life" at Kirby. They will attend classes together, hang out with other Kirby students, and enjoy lunch with their host and some of their friends.

 

How it works:

  • Monday is our preferred shadow day because of our block schedule. However, a shadow day can be scheduled any day of the week.
  • Student shadows are treated to a hot lunch made fresh in our kitchen.
  • Schedule your shadow day through the Admissions Office. Call (831) 423-0658 ×202.

Location: 425 Encinal Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 423-0658 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Open House @ Little Garden Patch Farm
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Little Garden Patch Farm
Visit us and the farm animals with your family!
Date: 05/04/2018 from 1:00pm to 6:00pm
Ages: 5-8 years old Admission Fees: Free

Little Garden Patch Farm - After School Care & Farm Camp This is a great opportunity for folks who can't make it to one of our weekend open house events to come see Little Garden Patch in action with busy children everywhere. :-) Come find out more about Summer Farm Camp. Please be aware, some weeks fill up and close to enrollment early and have a long wait list. So if you have particular days or dates in mind, sign up NOW!


Location: Little Garden Patch Farm , 4635 Fairway Drive, Soquel Map
Phone: 8314760964 •website Soquel create a direct event link
Mayfaire
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Santa Cruz Waldorf School
Join us for a joyous celebration of Mayfaire
Date: 05/05/2018 from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Admission Fees: None

Dearest friends, friends of friends, old and new alike!

Join use as we say farewell to dear Winter and welcome sweet Spring. The warmth of the sun has returned and so have the sweet flowers and all the colors of this wonderful time of year. Come frolic in the grass and dance with the fairies! There will be crafts, wholesome food, a puppet show (presented by The Early Childhood Department) and a silent auction. This event is FREE and we invite all to come gather around the Maypole and help us greet the new season!

Free shuttle from UCSC barn at Bay & High Streets

Parking on campus is $15 and limited!

 


Location: 2190 Empire Grade, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 8314250519 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Santa Cruz Mini Maker Faire
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Gateway School and Cabrillo College
Come enjoy hands-on, interactive experiences and be inspired by creative makers who live and work in our community.
Date: 05/05/2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: All Ages Admission Fees: Free for children 3 and under, $2 for children 4-12 years old, $8 for adults

The Third Annual Santa Cruz Mini Maker Faire is a family-friendly event that celebrates the inventiveness here in the Santa Cruz community. The Mini Maker Faire allows creators and tinkerers to showcase their work to the community, while the public comes to enjoy hands-on, interactive experiences and connect with like-minded people. Attend and you'll be inspired and educated by the amazing and creative makers who live and work in our community.


Location: Cabrillo College VAPA Center, 6500 Soquel Dr., Aptos, CA Map
Phone: (831) 423-0341 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Montessori Open House
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Santa Cruz Montessori
Come see our beautiful campus and classrooms, meet our teachers and learn about our program.
Date: 05/05/2018 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: all Admission Fees: free

For families interested in Montessori Education

 

Come see our beautiful campus and classrooms, meet our teachers and learn about our program.

As a Montessori learning community, we inspire life-long learning and a peaceful world by nurturing the natural development of the whole child.

 

Santa Cruz Montessori School provides lifelong benefits for its students; giving your child an SCM education is the most important investment you can make in his or her future. Children gain strong academic skills and become self-motivated, caring individuals who make positive contributions to the community.


Location: 6230 Soquel Drive , Aptos Map
Phone: (831) 476-1646 •website Aptos create a direct event link
May Faire Celebration and Open House - Orchard School
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Orchard School
May Faire Celebration and Open House at Orchard School
Date: 05/05/2018 from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: all Admission Fees: Free

Come celebrate the magic of Spring with us! Enjoy our lovely garden and farm animals.

(A May 2016) OrchardMayfaire.jpgActivities include

Waterslide
Maypole Dance at 1:30
Book Sale
Music
Flower Wreath Making
Face Painting
Local Artisans
Crafts
Games

.. and more!

Bring your towel and swimsuit.

Tickets for delicious home made food & drinks will be available for purchase, or you may bring your own picnic.

Admission is FREE. Activities & food priced separately.

Tour our beautiful 14-acre campus (11:00 am - 1:30 pm), meet our extraordinary faculty, and play for the day!

Just 10 miles south of downtown Santa Cruz.

Interested vendors? Please contact:

nicole.ignoffo@yahoo.com


Location: 2288 Trout Gulch Rd, Aptos Map
Phone: (831) 688-1074 •website Aptos create a direct event link
West Side Story
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San Lorenzo Valley High School
Classic with elaborate dance numbers and emotionally-charged songs
Date: Every day (Apr 26-May 6)
Ages: 13-14 Admission Fees: $9 - $15

(0 April 2018) WestSideStory_SLV.jpg"San Lorenzo Valley High School is proud to present West Side Story.The high school's upcoming production of West Side Story is filled with elaborate dance numbers and emotionally-charged songs that have more rawness to them than any musical theater lover could imagine.

 

The cast members of West Side Story have put tremendous effort into realizing the characters in the story, from the toughness of Riff, the boldness of Anita, the fervor of Tony, and the dreamlike modesty of Maria. The show's tension between the two major gangs, the Sharks and the Jets, keeps an audience riveted throughout the performance.

 

The show is action-packed, heart-wrenching, crude, and tragically romantic all at once. West Side Story juggles themes of race and class, and awakens the spirit with classic Broadway songs that are forever etched in the American musical theater repertoire.

 

Performances run from the 26th of April to the 6th of May at the SLVHS Performing Arts Center, where tickets will be sold at the box office or online at hs.slvusd.org. The production has mature themes, but all ages may attend. Ticket prices range from $9-$15. There will also be an available donation center to help support hurricane relief in Puerto Rico." Kayla Penny, Press Banner

 


Location: 7105 Highway 9, Felton Map
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SCCS Ted Talks
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Santa Cruz Children's School
Hands-on science activities for all ages
Date: 05/12/2018 from 11:00am to 2:00pm


(0 A May 2018) SCCS-TedTalks.jpgWe are so proud to announce that our eldest students (4th-6th grade) will be performing their SCCS TED-Ed Talks at UCSC in Marine Sciences B206.

 

The lineup includes multimedia presentations on such diverse concepts as apitherapy, the science behind smiles, what's really in your neighbor's fast food, self-driving cars, black holes, rabies, intriguing international borders, slime, the ramifications of privatized fishing, can we live on Mars, the science behind mythconceptions (sorry Henry), and whether you can even be sure that you exist!

 

In addition to the talks at this FREE event, there will be hands-on science activities for all ages as well as food. Please join us and support the next generation of scientists with your sense of wonder.


Location: UCSC, Marine Sciences B206, 1156 High St, Santa Cruz Map
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Food Trucks & Jumani
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Scotts Valley Recreation
Jumanji on the big outdoor screen, your favorite food trucks, a beer/wine garden, live music & live performances!
Date: 05/18/2018 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Ages: All

(0 A May 2018) FoodTrucks_May18_Jumani.jpgA super fun night at Skypark with Jumanji on the big outdoor screen, your favorite food trucks, a beer/wine garden, live music & live performances!

We're not sure how this night could get any better!

Scotts Valley Recreation has partnered with Food Trucks A Go Go for this amazing event!

We have live music from local band, Fringe, Santa Cruz Circus Arts will be performing and Play-Well Lego will have their demonstration set-up!

The Scotts Valley Educational Foundation (SVEF) will have their fundraiser & very popular Beer & Wine Garden!

And for dinner & dessert, check out these delicious food truck options:

Saucey'z
G's Mexicantacos
Drunkmonkeysfoodtruck SantaCruz
The Choke Coach
Carmonas BBQ Deli
Aunt LaLi's Mobile Cafe

Bring your appetites, blankets & lawn chairs!


Location: Skypark, 361 King's Village Drive, Scotts Valley Map
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High School Art Show
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Santa Cruz Art League
Come see some pretty amazing art by local high school students
Date: Every day (Apr 27-May 20) from 9:00am to 3:30pm


Annual High School Show

Since 1955 the Santa Cruz Art League's High School Show has been providing one of the only professional gallery exhibitions for high school age artists in our county. Students from local public, private, charter, home and at -risk schools are invited to benefit from the Art League's state-of-the-art space and give the audience a preview of the next generation of local artists.


Location: Santa Cruz Art League, 526 Broadway, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 426-5787 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
DeLaveaga 25th Annual Spring Carnival
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DeLaveaga Elementary School
Online Auction NOW & all-ages carnival featuring games, karaoke, live performances, bounce house, Z-Balls, dunk tank, face paint
Date: Every day (May 14-May 23)
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(0 A May 2018) DelaveagaCarnival_ArielleBerger.jpgDeLaveaga Elementary School is hosting its Spring Carnival on Friday, June 1 from 4-8p.m. All community members are welcome to this annual fundraiser.

The all-ages carnival will feature games, karaoke, live performances, bounce house, Z-Balls, dunk tank, face painting, fairies and more.

Food will include tacos, burritos, tamales, pozole, corn on the cob, BBQ, pizza, popcorn, cotton candy and more.

An art auction will feature class projects, as well as pieces donated by local artists.

This year, the fundraiser will include an online auction featuring dozens of valuable items including Disneyland tickets. View items at https://www.biddingOwl.com/DelaveagaPTC.

Several DeLaveaga families are sponsoring the event. Gold sponsors of the carnival include: Childish, Aimee & Angel Garcia of Bailey Properties, Ohana Gymnastics and Bogner Sheet Metal.

The volunteer-run Spring Carnival is the largest fundraiser of the year for the Parent Teacher Club. For more information, call 831-429-3807. DeLaveaga is located at 1145 Morrissey Blvd in Santa Cruz.


Location: 1145 Morrissey Blvd., Santa Cruz Map
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Movie: Most Likely to Succeed
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Expedition Academy
Join us for the movie and discussion!
Date: 05/24/2018 from 6:00pm to 8:30pm


(0 A May 2018) Expedition_MostLikelytoSucceed.jpgExpedition Academy Santa Cruz presents: Most Likely to Succeed
Expedition Academy is a new middle school located in Santa Cruz for students in grades 5-8. We are hosting a screening of the critically acclaimed education documentary Most Likely To Succeed (www.mltsfilm.org) for parents interested in learning more about the changing landscape in education.

 

The film will be followed by a discussion and Q&A with the founders. Come meet the founders of Expedition Academy Santa Cruz and discover a new way to learn!


Location: 111 Errett Circle , Santa Cruz Map
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Washington, D.C. - The Return
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Mount Madonna School
A presentation of Mount Madonna School's Values in World Thought program
Date: 05/31/2018 at 9:00am
Admission Fees: Free

Washington, D.C. - The Return, a presentation of Mount Madonna School's Values in World Thought program

 

On this day we welcome the special friends and grandparents of our middle and high school students. 
This presentation is an opportunity to hear our 11th and 12th grade students speak about their recent experiences in Washington, D.C., and will feature the skilled videography of Devin Kumar ('06), adding visual spice to the students' narratives.    

 

Visit the students' 2018 D.C. blog at  http://dc.mountmadonnaschool.org


Location: Upper Campus, 491 Summit Road, Mount Madonna Map
Phone: (408) 847-2717 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
40th annual "Ramayana!"
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Mount Madonna School
A story of love, adventure, separation and an eventual joyous reunion, in an ancient allegory of the battle of good and evil
Date: Every day (Jun 7-Jun 10)
Ages: all Admission Fees: $25 - $40

"Ramayana!" the Mount Madonna School's "sword-and-sorcery" production now in its 40th year and featuring an original rock-n-roll score and magical characters who encounter danger and love, good versus evil, duty, heroic action and sacrifice, will have performances June 7 to 10 at the Mexican Heritage Theater here, according to a press release.

 

The story of the Ramayana, as first told by the poet Valmiki, has endured for 2600 years as one of the world's most widely-read classics. The Mount Madonna production focuses on a small part of the larger Hindu epic's story and tells the story of Prince Ram, who, banished from his homeland of Ayodhya, leaves with his wife Sita and brother Lakshman to seek a new home. On their journey, they encounter an array of colorful beings, including tribal folk and gentle forest animals, giants and wizards, heroic monkeys and bears, an enchanted golden deer, a kingdom of demons led by the evil 10-headed Lord Ravana, and a wild, fire-breathing dragon.

 

(0 A May 2018) RamayanaDragon2.jpgThe show features a cast of some 200 student actors, ages 3 to 18, accompanied by a choir and adult musicians.

 

It is a story of love, adventure, separation and an eventual joyous reunion, in an ancient allegory of the battle of good and evil. The show is filled with exciting action, spectacular costuming and family humor. A rich performing arts tradition and integrated arts curriculum make MMS performances outstanding, said the release.

 

Performances:

June 7 Dress Preview  &  June 8-10 Performances

Tickets on sale May 1, 2018

 

All seats are reserved: $35-$40 adults/$25 children (18 and under).

 

Special Dress Circle includes special reception, backstage tour, VIP parking and intermission treats.

 

All tickets are available online at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3387745


Location: Mexican Heritage Theater, 1700 Alum Rock Avenue, San Jose Map
Phone: (408) 847-2717 •website San Josecreate a direct event link
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