Sultana High School's stage will be transformed into a dreamscape this week, when the school's drama club performs "Dream Girls" by Elmer Rice.

The play has the virtue of a large cast with lots of female roles important for many high school drama productions and its playwright is one that Sultana's drama teacher, Derin Grebel, has long enjoyed.

"Elmer Rice wrote 'The Adding Machine,' an existential play I have always liked," Grebel said, "as well as 'Street Scene' which won a Pulitzer Prize and was eventually turned into an opera.

"I know he is not in vogue right now, but he has a straightforward approach to his work that I appreciate. In one of the finals scenes of this play, he simply states his theme: 'Dreaming is easy and life is hard In dreams, no matter how much you win, your gains are illusory in life you win or lose, but you always have something to show for it, even if it's only a scar or a painful memory.' As a high school teacher, this play has a true meaning for my students. It has lead to some interesting discussions."

Grebel has yet to repeat a play in his time at Sultana High School.

"I have never done this play before and it has challenged me creatively," he said. "My production class, which designs all technical aspects of the play, has really loved the challenge of a multi-unit set with dream scenes."

The Sultana High School Drama Club will perform Elmer Rice's "Dream Girls" through Friday. Today through Thursday, the doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the show begins at 6 p.m. On Friday, there will be a matinee performance with the doors opening at 2:30 p.m. and the performance at 3 p.m., and a second show with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. and the performance at 7 p.m. Tickets are $6 each.

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Cast

Georgina Allerton Tia Breininger

Lucy Allerton Michelle Jensen

Radio Announcer Michelle Stokes

George Allerton Rashad Johnson

Miriam Allerton Lucas Bree Dehut

Jim Lucas Chris Farias

Claire Blakeley Katrina Foreyt

Clark Redfield Kevin Dallas

George Hand Tristian Ordaz

Berta Nicole McGowan

A Waiter Micaela Crandall

Luigi Marcus Freitas

An Usher Jessica Garmatz

Miss Delehanty Darienne Monge

Theatre Manager Jessica Quillin

Antonio Brandon Shaffer

Salaring Nicholas Garcia

A Waiter Brittney Rose

A Chauffeur Michelle Stokes

Dream Sequences players who play a variety of roles

Shari Prince

Rena Herek

Sarah Gallegos

Bethany Grebel

Stephanie Merritt

Josh Kirk

Kenny Walton

Steven Abreo

Anthony Burgholzer

Crew

Stage manager Max Beard

Props Bethany Grebel, Rena Herek, Shari Prince

Costumes Steven Abreo, Michelle Jensen

Wagon Master Bree Dehut

Poster Design Jenna Pignotti

Lights Alex Reichstadt

Sound Jules Medina