Ramona Quimby

By Beverly Cleary

Directed by Phyllis O'Hara

Unpredictable, Exasperating, Boisterous and Independent describe this years Youth Theater Production of Ramona Quimby. Always aggravating her older sister, Beezus, Ramona is constantly getting into trouble and sometimes "making a big, noisy fuss" when things don't go her way. Watch Ramona's tumultuous passage through third grade and through her family relationships. At school, she throws a tantrum when provoked by a classmate and is sent home in disgrace. The teacher's wrath, an important family wedding, persistent sibling bickering and Mr. Quimby's attempts to give up smoking are part of the fabric that shape a humorous, loving family portrait. The characters and the material are as "today" as the morning newspaper. The problems facing the Quimbys, a middle class Oregon family, are problems common to most families, and the family's togetherness in tackling the sacrifices and adjustments required when the father is unexpectedly fired from his job is a clear statement of traditional family values. Along with the discovery that life is not always fair, eventually Ramona and Beezus come to realize that sisters may not always agree, but they can be good to have around.

Produced by Zona Gale Young People's Theatre at 301 E. Cook St., Portage, WI 53901

Performances: August 29 - September 8, 2002

Aug. 29, 30, 31, Sept. 1, 5, 6, 7 & 8 at Thurs-Sat. 7:30 p.m., Sun. 2:00 p.m.

Ticket Prices $7 for adults, $5 for students

Tickets can be purchased at the Zona Gale Center or at Eulberg's, 128 W. Cook St., Portage

Call 608-742-5655 for reservations or more information.