GHS Drama Club

The cast of the upcoming Gustine Drama Club production of “Sawmill Daze,” or “Will Sugar Pine?” includes, front from left, Sandy Martisius, Haylee Barragan, Alex Sanders, Jose L. Cornejo-Sicairos, Imanol Carrillo and Miguel Barrita. In back, from left, are Yaquelin Martinez, Alondra Meza, Nia Kellum, Coailin Kellum, Andrew Reis, Andrea Espinoza and Sujey Salazar. Not pictured are Oliva Rangel and Janai Navarro.

The Gustine High Drama Club production of the melodrama “Sawmill Daze,” or “Will Sugar Pine?” opens tonight (Thursday) on the GHS auditorium stage.

The classic melodrama format invites the audience to boo the villain and cheer the heroes as the story line unfolds.

The melodrama was written for the school’s drama club in 1991 by Larry Fayler and John Burgess. The production is dedicated in memory of Fayler, according to Burgess, who directs the show.

Student thespians have presented the melodrama several times over the years, he noted, each with modifications to fit the cast.

Cast members include Miguel Barrita, Alex Sanders, Haylee Barragan, Andrew Reis, Andrea Espinoza, Sujey Salazar, Jose L. Cornejo-Sicairos, Coailin Kellum, Imanol Carrillo, Alondra Meza, Yaquelin Martinez, Olivia Rangel, Nia Kellum, Sandy Martisius and Janai Navarro.

Tristen Meyer and Heiress Smith are handling the lights.

Six performances are planned.

Show dates are Thursdays through Saturdays, March 7-9 and March 14-16.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. The curtain rises at 8 p.m.

Admission is $5 at the door.