Claflin University Theatre Ensemble’s Production of Dream Girls

By: Brandi Threatt
Apr 12, 2015
Claflin Theatre Ensemble Performance
On April 12, 2015 at 3:30 pm, in Orangeburg’s Stevenson Auditorium; Claflin University Theatre Ensemble showcased the stage play Dream Girls to bring a close to the celebration of CALA- BASH.  (Claflin’s Arts and Letters Annual Bash)
Director/ Professor Cedric Rembert directed his first musical with the Claflin University Theatre Ensemble. This play starred students of the University.
“This was a pretty tough production to pull off.  As a stage manager you don’t get the same rush that you do when you’re an actor, but overall I am proud of the work we’ve done,” said Assistant Stage Manager, Nakia Avila.
“I had fun,” Actor Ar’Daris Stewart said.
The 3pm star cast consisted of three seniors, Lia Holman (Lorrell), Rebeca Daniel (Effie), and Darien Woods (Curtis). Four juniors, Shanquel Young (Denna), Richard Ortiz (Marty), Eric Washington (C.C), Aria Dillard (Michelle), and one sophomore Ar’Daris Stewart (Jimmy).
Dream Girls is written by Tom Eyen. It is the story of characters, Deena, Effie, and Lorrell who originated from a music trio called the Dreamettes. 
Their new manager Curtis Taylor takes creative control of the group and pushes the singers into the spotlight.
The group encounters many differences that came with the high cost of fame; leading to a public breakup between the trio. 
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