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The combined talent of members of Lichfield Garrick Youth Theatre never fails to amaze me – but a show being performed this week is something really special. Sunset Boulevard tells the heart-breaking story of faded movie star Norma Desmond – a show which requires a major amount of acting talent as well as singing prowess. And the group served up a package that earned a standing ovation and a show that I could happily have watched again and again. The performances of the principals were so good that you could have heard a pin drop, so involved were the audience on Wednesday evening. Heading the cast were Sophia Ford as Norma and Dominic Sterland as Joe – what amazing casting. Sophia dominated the stage and brought the house down with two major numbers – the memorable With one look and As if we never said goodbye. And Dominic showed us his considerable acting ability and held us enthralled with his incredible singing voice. Nathan De Georgi as the faithful servant, Max, brought out the pathos the character needed and astounded us with his wide vocal range. Emma Charnock, as Betty turned in yet another solid performance. Other principals, who added so much to the whole show, were Will Stevenson, Hudson Mitchell, Ollie Willett and Alfie Kentesber – great performances all round. Musical director Oliver Rowe, director Richard Poynton and choreographer Jessica Lambert were once again the right team to bring out the very best in the cast. The top-notch production team and wonderful orchestra helped make this one of the group’s major triumphs. This Andrew Lloyd Webber musical was something different for the Youth Theatre and a real treat. To take the title of one of the songs – every performer could say they were ‘The greatest star of all’. May the talent continue! I’d certainly recommend this production – book tickets if you can get them on 01543 412121 or online at