The  Ramayana

The Ramayana is an original musical based on the ancient Indian story of the same name. 

Shot From a 2012 school production of the Ramayana

Shot From a 2012 school production of the Ramayana

LENGTH:   About 1 hour 45 minutes, not counting intermission

CASTING PICTURE:     6 larger leads    6 medium leads
           ~12 smaller leads    14 smaller individual parts
             2-3 group parts for older children
             2-3 group parts for younger children

SONGS:  ~20 original songs

There are two planned dance numbers in the play, one for most all campers and one for the younger ones.

SHORT SYNOPSIS:  Rama, his wife Sita, and Rama's brother Lakshmana are banished to a forest where a 10-headed demon Ravana kidnaps Sita. Rama and Lakshmana must then rescue her with the aid of Hanuman and his army of monkeys.

Manthara and Suchara persuade Kaikeyi to have Rama banished (from the 2012 school production of the Ramayana)

Manthara and Suchara persuade Kaikeyi to have Rama banished
(from the 2012 school production of the Ramayana)

LONGER SYNOPSIS:  After an opening narration describing ancient India and the battles between the humans and the rakshasa demons, a young man Rama finds out he is to be made king. First, he journeys to another city where he meets and marries Sita; but while he was gone two of his father's servants have conspired to have him banished from the city for fourteen years. 

Rama, Sita, and Rama's brother Lakshmana encounter a demon in the forest who tries to get Rama to marry her. After being rejected and then defeated in battle, this demon persuades her brother, the ten-headed demon king Ravana, to kidnap Sita. Ravana captures Sita and imprisons here in the demon city.

Rama and Lakshmana journey to Lanka and meet the Monkey King Hanuman, who agrees to help them rescue Sita, and they build a bridge of stones across the ocean to reach Lanka. In the meantime, Sita continues to reject Ravana and is threatened with death. Ravana's brother Vibishina councils Ravana to release Sita, but when Ravana refuses, Vibishina defects to Rama's side. The demons and the monkeys, then Ravana and Rama have an epic battle, with Rama emerging victorious. Sita and Rama are reunited, and Rama invited to come back to his home city to rule as king.