“Henry and Ramona” to begin Sept. 23

By ALYSSA RAMER

“Henry and Ramona” will show at the Proscenium Theatre located  at Pima Community College West Campus’ Center for the Arts on Sept. 23. It is one of two productions set for this semester. The other show, “Sticks and Bones”, will begin Nov. 12, and will take place at the Black Box Theatre.

Author Beverly Cleary’s books are the inspiration for the show. According to her website, she loved reading books when she was a child. Her librarian gave her the push to write children’s literature when she was older. She has written many books and has won a variety of awards for her work. Her success is despite the fact she had a hard time learning to read well as a child.

Students from the theatre arts program are involved in the show under Mickey Nugent’s direction. The play itself was written by Cynthia McGean.

“Henry and Ramona” is about Henry, his sister Ramona, and their friends and how they interact while Henry is trying to become a newspaper delivery boy.

Sam Orzech plays Ramona, one of the title characters, and says she is “playful and a pest.”

“I feel like this show has amazing potential,” she said.  “It’s going to be high energy and fun to watch!”

Prior to this show, Orzech helped out stage managing for PCC’s production of SPAMALOT! during the spring semester. She has graduated with an associates in applied sciences and is pursuing a business degree.

According to Director Mickey Nugent, the students just began work on the play at the beginning of September. Several new students joined the program, and he sees this play as a good opportunity. There are 18 students participating.

“We always enjoy working on the children’s show because it gets the year going with positive energy,” Nugent said. He said he personally loves Cleary’s books.

“Henry and Ramona” will be showing at 7 p.m. on Fridays, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturdays, and 2 p.m. on Sundays until Oct. 4. There will be a sign language interpreter for the show on Oct. 2.

Group pricing is available, and one regular ticket costs $8. They are on sale now at the CFA box office.

On Sept. 26, the ticket price will be discounted for boy/girl scout leaders and their scouts. The show starts at 7 p.m. and afterwards there will be an opportunity for them to learn more about how the show is put on.

For more information, visit pima.edu/community/the-arts/center-arts.

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Ramona, played by Sam Orzech, jokes around with Ribsy her dog, played by Marchus Lewis. (Alyssa Ramer/Aztec Press)

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