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Local youth star onstage

Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:47 pm

The Louisa Arts Center has done it again!

There’s nothing more inspiring than community theatre featuring local talent, and that’s just what’s in store for the community this weekend with the first Youth Theatre Company’s production of “Ramona Quinby.”

A cast of 40 area youth between the ages of six and 16-years-old will bring to life the adventures of Ramona, an exasperating but lovable third-grader, who has delighted readers for half a century through the Newbery-Medal-winning books written by Beverly Cleary.

Helping the young actors pull the story all together are two local favorites from the theater scene—Jelita Hopkins Perry and Michael Bollinger.

Perry is Louisa County Public Schools’ 2013 Teacher of the Year, and is also the high school’s chorus and theater teacher. She is directing this fun play, while Bollinger, the executive director of the Louisa Arts Center, is in the producer’s chair.

Bollinger most recently produced and directed “Smoke on the Mountain” in November, the county’s first live theater production featuring local cast members. That performance was a sell out and delighted audiences before the holidays.

The Ramona Quinby production has been long anticipated. And just as it’s been billed—hold onto your hats and follow the adventures of Ramona, whose life is quite the mess. Her older sister Beezus is a pain, her Aunt Bea may marry a dork, and her father just lost his job, and to top it all off—she thinks her teacher hates her.

Life is certainly no picnic for Ramona, and growing up isn’t easy. But with the help of her loving and patient family and friends, Ramona faces these challenges — as audiences laugh and cheer her on.

The Louisa Arts Center originally scheduled two performances, but they sold out. To accommodate more people, they’ve added a third performance.

Two performances are scheduled for Saturday, March 1 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and the Sunday showing is at 2 p.m. in the Cooke-Haley Theater.

Tickets can be purchased online at, or by calling the theater at (540) 967-5200.  The cost is $12 for adults and $7 for youth. All seats will be reserved.

So, if you’re looking for an amusing time this weekend, I suggest you enjoy watching the talented young actors from greater Louisa County take you on an adventure with Ramona Quinby.

This is a perfect activity for the entire family to enjoy!