Venture Theatre Presents Sunset Boulevard

November 16, 2012 @ 6:09 pm by jodie

I had the distinct pleasure of attending the dress rehearsal of Sunset Boulevard Wednesday evening.

I’m a big fan of the 1950′s movie version staring Gloria Swanson and William Holden. Venture’s stage production is a well executed musical version. It follows Norma Desmond, an aging silent screen star, who desperately hopes to recapture her former glory. Much of the story plays out in her opulent and dated 1920′s Hollywood Hills mansion while she chooses to live in a decaying fantasy rather than reality. Young and broke screenwriter Joe Gillis accidentally finds his way on to Norma’s estate while being chased by men he owes money. And so begins their story. He needs money and she needs someone to give her attention and help her make a comeback.

Susan Sommerfeld plays Norma. She has been preparing for this role for months and it shows. Her body movements, facial expressions, lovely singing and seamless transitions from one extreme mood to the next are outstanding. She absolutely captures the spirit of Desmond and all that it means to be a faded and forgotten star.

JC McCann is Joe Gillis. He belts out every song with confidence and captures the 50′s era swagger and snark perfectly.  Together McCann and Sommerfeld are a powerful and believable team. They are joined by a strong supporting cast and a beautiful set. You would never know a very tiny budget was allotted to this production. The talented Venture team refurbished trashed furniture into a glamorous 1920′s era scene.

Once again, I was transported by the crew and cast of Venture Theatre to another place and time.

If you are looking for something to do this weekend- there are four performances. This is a one weekend show and tickets are going fast so call ASAP!

Venture Theatre  406 591 9535

Friday 11/16 – 8:00

Saturday 11/17 – 2:00

Saturday 11/17 – 8:00

Sunday 11/18 – 2:00
Jodie Tenicin Smith  the photo chik

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