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each of them will have to contribute and sacrifice to make their lives work, at least for a little while. At the prospect of no Whopperburger for an indeterminate period of time, Ramona is very disappointed. To add to her eight-year-old woes, Aunt Bea calls and cancels their date for a trip to the zoo the next day, although she promises to come to their house for dinner later and bring a fabulous surprise. The first act ends with Mrs. Quimby’s hope that everything will be better soon

Act two opens with the presentation of Aunt Bea’s fabulous surprise: Howie’s Uncle Hobart! Although the Quimby family as a whole is delighted and tries their hardest to make Hobart feel at home, Ramona is obstinately unforgiving of Hobart’s jokester personality and refuses to be polite. Ramona’s life is further complicated with the announcement that her mother will be look- ing for a job, starting tomorrow. Ramona is informed that after school, she will be looked after by old Mrs. Kemp, Howie’s Grandmother. Mrs. Quimby tells Ramona that being grownup means doing things that you don’t necessarily want to do, but Ramona insists she’s not ready to grow up just yet.

Winter falls on Klickitat Street and finds the Quimby family discontented. Mrs. Quimby is the sole breadwinner, and Mr. Quimby stares dis- consolately at the television while his daughters grow increasingly nervous. Ramona, determined to help, is inspired by a commercial and decides to become a child star, acting on television to earn money for her family. Unfortunately, her attempts at stardom backfire as she insults her teacher the next day at school by repeating a line from a pantyhose commercial.

Just as Ramona asks her Aunt Bea if she knows any talent scouts, the announcement is made: Aunt Bea and Hobart are getting married and then leaving for Alaska in just two weeks! Hobart has oil prospects in Alaska and Bea is sure she can find a teaching job. The two are very much in love, but Bea regretfully informs the girls that there isn’t going to be a wedding; there just isn’t time. Ramona is saddened at the idea of losing Aunt Bea without so much as a good-bye wedding, and wants her favorite Aunt to stay home, even though she knows it’s selfish.

The Quimby family seems to be falling apart. Mr. Quimby is depressed and aloof, and Mrs. Quimby is tired and grumpy from work. Just as a yelling match seems unavoidable, Mr. Quimby announces that the family needs a break; they’re all going out to Whopperburger for dinner, to have a family meeting! The family has a discussion at dinner about how even though they’ve been grouchy lately, there’s still enough love to go around. The Quimbys reaffirm their love for one another over Whopperburgers and Coke (or, in Ramona’s case, a Doublewhopper, fries and a chocolate shake), and then toast to themselves before asking their waitress for the check. Happily, the waitress tells them that their meals have already been paid for! An old man had thought that they looked like a very loving family, and since he missed his own family, he decided to give them a free meal. The Quimby family decided that they actually are a very loving and happy family, although “nobody’s sweet and loving all the time; if they are, they’re boring.”

In the following scene, it’s drawing near to the end of third grade for Ramona, and she and Beezus are having a late-night chat. They both know that their Aunt Bea really wants a proper wedding, even though she leaves the day after tomorrow. So together they plan a surprise. The next day they tell Hobart how much Bea wants a real wedding, and the mad dash is on! With Mrs. Quimby’s old wedding dress, a few crazy shopping trips, frantic phone calls and the neighbors for guests, a three o’clock wedding is planned for that afternoon. Although the bridal shop owner is skeptical at first, Ramona and Beezus’ tearful pleas move her to help them find dresses and suits in record time.

One beautiful wedding and a postcard from Alaska later, Ramona’s getting ready for her first day in fourth grade. Mr. Quimby managed to get his old job back— with a promotion to boot— and Mrs. Quimby is really enjoying her work as well. Ramona’s excited for school, but she puts off racing to the schoolyard with Howie to hear her sister’s closing monologue. Beezus wraps up the play, saying that change happens but that “life goes on – in a kind of miraculous way.”

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