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Performing Arts Students Excel with Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard

The Centre of Excellence for Performing Arts at Cronton Sixth Form delivered stunning performances at the Cronton Playhouse theatre with their rendition of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit musical, Sunset Boulevard.

Based on the 1950 Billy Wilder film of the same name, Sunset Boulevard tells the story of faded silent movie star Norma Desmond and young Hollywood screenwriter Joe Gillis who become involved in a dangerous relationship while Norma attempts to make her return to the big screen.

Over two exciting nights, the Centre of Excellence performed the impressive production which starred talented students Emily McDonnell as former silent movie star Norma Desmond, Alfie Rourke as struggling screenwriter Joe Gillis, Issy Woodruff as young script editor Betty Schaefer, and Jack Wright as Norma’s devoted butler Max Von Mayerling.

Matt Plant, Creative Director of the Centre of Excellence for Performing Arts, said, “Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard is a hugely demanding show, but we were overjoyed to see the students excelling once again in what has been an enormous undertaking, but also an indictment of where we are as a Centre of Excellence.

“We are, as always, most grateful for the time and tenacity of our exceptional students who, throughout these challenging times, have pulled off possibly our biggest show yet!”