Ray Dance and Judith Sharp are delighted to be the first Musical Theatre Company in the South West to stage an amateur production of the famous musical Sunset Boulevard.
With profits from this production being donated to the Prospect Hospice, Ray and Judith hope the money raised from this, their 24th production at Swindon’s Arts Centre, will significantly add to the sum of almost £100,000 which they have already raised for local charities.
Based on Billy Wilder’s Academy Award-winning 1950 film, starring Gloria Swanson, the story revolves around Norma Desmond, a faded star of the silent screen era, living in the past in her decaying mansion on the fabled Los Angeles street, Sunset Boulevard. The show weaves a magnificent tale of faded glory and unfulfilled ambition.
When young screenwriter Joe Gillis accidentally crosses her path, she sees in him an opportunity to make her comeback to the big screen. Their subsequent passionate and volatile relationship leads to an unforeseen and tragic conclusion.
Some of Lloyd Webber’s most well-known songs were written for this show and include With One Look, The Perfect Year, As If We Never Said Goodbye and the title song Sunset Boulevard. They make this an all time classic musical.
Judith Sharp, Russell Langdown, Becci Benson and Ray Dance take the principal roles in this show, which runs from 24 June to 27 June 2015. It is presented by Ray Dance and Judith Sharp and directed by Sandra Gilbert and Russell Langdown.
Tickets are available from 01793 524481 and 01672 861654 or online from the Wyvern Theatre
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