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Are you a Rising Star?

Sunset Playhouse is heading in to our 56th season of providing quality entertainment. What many people don’t know is that Sunset is also home to three professional series, including Musical Mainstage.  Six times a year, these popular concerts revolve around a theme—everything from the Beatles to Gershwin—and feature four professional singers, several accomplished musicians, and one “Rising Star”, a promising high school singer, in a 90-minute production.

Musical MainStage will hold auditions for next season’s performers on Saturday, April 18th from 9:00-3:00. In addition to our adult singers, we are looking for our next Rising Stars. The commitment for our Rising Stars is very limited—only four rehearsals, two performance days—and we use music stands so even memorization of the pieces isn’t a big issue. That means the time away from school work and activities is minimal. There are six concerts each season so we’ll be selecting six Rising Stars. In the past, several of our students have also been awarded small college scholarships after their Sunset participation.  If you will be in high school during 2015-16, why not audition to be one of the Rising Stars?

We think this is a wonderful opportunity for young people to work alongside experienced performers in a professional environment.

You can find additional information about the auditions – just click here and go to our auditions page.

Why not Audition for THE 39 STEPS?

Looking for something fun to do this spring?  Why not Audition for THE 39 STEPS?  This hilarious show features non-stop action and will be directed by Diana Alioto.   We are looking for a great cast and crew for this exciting show.  Auditions will consist of readings from the script.  Scripts are available to check out for a cash or check deposit prior to auditions.   Auditioners will be asked to fill out an Audition Information Sheet prior to auditions; one may fill this out the night of the auditions or ahead of time by downloading the THE 39 STEPS Audition Form.

Here are the dates of the auditions and information about the show:

Auditions: March 2 – March 3, 2015 (7-10 pm)*

Callbacks: Wednesday, March 4, 2015 (if necessary)
Rehearsals:  March 16 – April 22, 2015**

Performances: April 23 – May 10, 2015


Hitchcock meets hilarious as Englishman Richard Hannay encounters dastardly murders, double-crossing secret agents and devastatingly beautiful women in this fast-paced whodunit.  Part espionage thriller and part slapstick comedy, four actors play over 150 characters in this ingeniously adapted homage to film noir and theatrical stagecraft.


All the roles in the play are performed by four actors. One plays Richard Hannay; a female plays the three women in the play; and two “clowns” play every other character, including heroes, villains, men, women, children, and even the occasional inanimate object. The following is only a partial list of those many characters.

Richard Hannay: A dapper English gentleman, Richard Hannay is bored until Annabella Schmidt comes into his life and starts him on a heroic and hilarious journey.

The Woman:
  • Annabella Schmidt: An exotic secret agent, Annabella Schmidt is in dire need of Hannay’s help.
  • Pamela: A beautiful woman, Pamela is lured into Hannay’s adventure but is skeptical of his claims of innocence.
  • Margaret: The wife of Crofter the farmer, Margaret is a shy young woman who dreams of life and adventure in the city.
The Two Clowns:
  • Crofter: A deeply jealous and suspicious Scottish farmer, Crofter houses Hannay for a night while he is on the run.
  • Mr. Memory: A stage performer, Mr. Memory has the ability to recall thousands of facts on command.
  • Professor Jordan: Surrounded in mystery, Professor Jordan may hold the key to learning what and who “The 39 Steps” are.
  • Other heroes, villians, men, women and inanimate objects.

THE 39 STEPS is not a show that is done often so if you are looking for an exciting new production to be a part of, please consider coming to the auditions next week!