The Drama department at Rosamond High School will be performing it's fall play "Johnny Belinda" on Nov. 8, 9, 10, 15 and 16 at 7 p.m. The story takes place in 1900 on an island, south of Newfoundland and northwest of Nova Scotia – jutting out into the mystery of the Atlantic.
Those of you who are enjoy older movies, may remember a movie made from this play in 1948, starring Jayne Wyman (the first Mrs. Ronald Reagan) - who won the academy award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Belinda McDonald, a deaf mute. The story is actually based on a real life incident the original playwright, Elmer Blaney Harris, experienced at his summer residence in Fortune Bridge, Prince Edward Island. The title character is based on the real life of Lydia Dingwell (1852-1931), of Dingwells Mills, Prince Edward Island. It deals not only with the consequences of spreading lies and rumors, and the horror of rape, but also shows the discrimination of people toward the deaf.
The students of RHS have been learning Scottish accents, for those who are playing characters from the village, as well as a traditional Scottish jig. The lead characters of Belinda McDonald (played by Tabitha Newman) and Dr. Jack Davidson (played by Anthony Ramirez) have learned the sign language necessary for the play.
The play will be performed in the Performing Arts room at Rosamond High (room 324), with the doors opening at 6:30pm each night. Seating is limited, so get there early for the best seating, and to avoid being sent home when the play is sold out! Ticket prices are $5.00 general admission, and $3.00 for students with an ASB card. If you have any questions, you can call the high school at 661.256.5020.