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Sunset Boulevard

Rickmansworth Players

About This Production

Award Winning Amateur Dramatics Company Rickmansworth Players present Sunset Boulevard – a show based on Billy Wilder’s Oscar winning film, Sunset Boulevard is a story of romance and obsession.

Our production will be a spectacular semi-staged production with a 21 piece onstage orchestra, fully costumed cast of 61 parts and stunning visual effects.

Winner of seven Tony Awards, Andrew Lloyd Webber's score is nothing short of a masterpiece with Don Black and Christopher Hampton's wonderful book and lyrics.

The plot: Alone, except for her butler Max, faded movie star Norma Desmond resides in her mansion on Sunset Boulevard. She lives in her own fantasy world of when she used to be a silent-screen goddess, when she used to be "big".

Down on his luck screen writer Joe Gillis comes across Norma's mansion by chance, while trying to evade debt collectors, and gets drawn into her reclusive world. Joe is persuaded to work on a script that Norma believes will put her back where she was born to be - in front of the cameras - and very soon he is seduced by her lifestyle. It’s not long until Joe feels trapped and can see no way out - that is until he finds love in the arms of Betty Schaefer. Joe finds the courage to leave Norma but it comes with deathly consequences.

Auditions For Sunset Boulevard

About Auditions

Audition time slots are subject to change when final auditionee numbers are known. Character audition requirements, scripts, music can be found at www.sunset2019.co.uk

You need to be a Rickmansworth Players member to audition. All cast members will be expected to participate in the wider preparations for the production as well as being on stage, particularly in the publicity effort.

There will be an induction for all cast on Thursday 27th June

Rehearsals start from 1st July and will be held every Monday and Thursday until Thursday 25th July and then restarting at the beginning of September (2nd) every Monday, Thursday and Sunday until the show performances. These rehearsals will start at 7:45pm and end at 10pm. A detailed schedule will be published in July, but please note most cast members will not be called for every rehearsal.

Conditions of Performance with Rickmansworth Players:

If successful in securing a role in the Rickmansworth Players production you will be expected to abide by the following conditions. Some of these conditions have direct parity with current Rickmansworth Players rules. All references to the Directorial Team, are deemed to include all or one of the following -the Director, Musical Director and Choreographer. Signing and dating the audition form confirms acceptance of these Conditions of Performance.

A. Attendance

  1. A time table will be circulated taking into account all pre booked holidays noted on this application form. Performers will therefore be expected to attend all rehearsals for which they are required, except in extraordinary circumstances.
  2. Performers will be expected to arrive punctually and promptly to all rehearsals for which they are required.
  3. If performers are absent from three (consecutive) or six (in total) rehearsals they may, at the wish of the Directorial Team after discussion with the Chairman, be dropped from the cast. No absences will be permitted in the last month of rehearsal (except with the agreement of the Director)
  4. Performers will abide by the wishes and requests of the Directorial Team at all times.
  5. Any complaint or grievance should be raised with the Directorial Team in the first instance. If the matter is not resolved to the performer’s satisfaction, it may be raised for discussion and subsequent decision by the Rickmansworth Players Executive Management Team.

B. Rules

  1. During any rehearsals within the performance venue, as well as the week of the production, the performer will comply with the Stage Management rules and the rules of the venue at all times.
  2. By signing the audition form you are agreeing that you have read and will abide by the societies Child Protection Policy.

C. Liabilities

Performers will be liable for the full replacement cost of the following, if the items are not returned in the required timescale: 1. Libretto and Musical Scores. A cheque deposit will be required in return for a score. These shall remain the property of Rickmansworth Players (whilst on hire) and shall be returned to the Production Assistant before the last performance. All markings (made in a soft pencil only) must be removed before return. The PA will then destroy the cheque deposit. 2. Costumes. These may be hired, manufactured or provided for the performer’s use and must be returned to a member of the Wardrobe Team after the last performance.

D. Fees

Within timescale listed, 1. A performer will be eligible to audition for a role in the production, only if they pay the membership fee, in force at the time of acceptance. 2. Performance fees are due as soon as a part is accepted and no more than three weeks later. If performance fees are late, with no feasible explanation, then a performer may lose their right to perform.

E. Image rights

  1. Rickmansworth Players will have the right to use all recordings (still, video and audio) made during this production (rehearsals, performances and publicity events) in any way it so decides to publicise both this production and any future activity of the society in any media which it sees fit.

Current Fees:

*Full Membership Fees Entitles members to perform in Rickmansworth Players productions for one year, take part in social activities, receive the newsletter for one year and vote at the AGM £30 Payable before auditioning for a role in the production

*Student/Youth Membership Fees(16+yrs) £15 Payable before auditioning for a role in the production

*Performance Fees Covers the cost of rehearsals for the current production including the provision of refreshments. Additionally this will give cast members access to all of the production photographs at no extra cost. £35 Payable immediately on accepting a role in the production

Any variances or negotiation with regard to fees must be discussed and agreed with the Treasurer

Audition Form

Cast List For Sunset Boulevard

Important Cast Information

Thank you to everyone who came out and auditioned. It is always a tremendously difficult decision to assign roles when so many talented performers turn out.

The cast list is posted. Your name will be highlighted if you've been assigned a role. If you were not cast in this production, please don't let it deter you from auditioning again in the future!