Theater and education drive the artistic director of the ‘Ramona’ contest – Press Enterprise

Dennis Anderson became involved in theater after his family moved to Hemet from Arcadia in 1956. He was cast as the “boy next door” in a production of Arthur Miller’s “All My Sons” at the Ramona Hillside Players, then she was known as Ramona. players

“Then at Hemet High School I had a fantastic drama instructor named Ron Loch and that was it,” he said. “I knew I wanted to be in theater and teach drama.”

The outdoor play, also called the “Ramona” contest, would become another important part of not only Anderson’s life, but of her entire family.

“When my family moved here in February 1956, my dad immediately joined the ‘Ramona’ choir,” Anderson said. “Those were the days when everyone in Hemet and San Jacinto participated in some way. So I immediately dove in. My mom helped out at the box office and then she played Mrs. And then in 1970-71 I played the role of Don Felipe. And of course, my children were ranch children and my wife made costumes, she was a Spanish dancer, a wife of settlers, she studied all the female roles and finally she played Ramona in 1985 and 1989”.

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