"SHE'S dramatic in herself. She's fragile. She's resourceful. Even manipulative, perhaps," Queanbeyan singer Bronwyn Sullivan says of her latest role.
Ms Sullivan will be portraying the emotionally-charged Norma Desmond in The Q's production of Sunset Boulevard (the musical) next year.
Having recently appeared in The Phantom of the Opera at the Canberra Theatre Centre, Ms Sullivan will be making a speedy return to the stage for the production.
"[Norma] was a star," Ms Sullivan says. "She decided to live by herself for a long time and then realized that that wasn't what she wanted."
The Q's Program Manager, Stephen Pike, praised Ms Sullivan's singing talent earlier this week.
"The role needs someone with considerable experience," Mr Pike said.
"She's an incredibly experienced Canberra performer who has long been in the region, so it's a great coup for us to have her play this role," he said.
Having also starred in Hello Dolly, The Sound of Music, Chicago, and Fiddler on the Roof, Ms Sullivan is well-known around the region.
Sunset Boulevard is set in 1950s and follows Norma Desmond's dramatic plummet from success.
"It explores love and being lonely. Where does she fit now? She's not wanted. She was so famous but this new era doesn't know her. It's almost similar to the young generation now not knowing who Malcolm Fraser is," musical director Sharon Tree said.
But while the setting of her latest performance is far removed from the Phantom's lair, there is at least one common thread linking the two roles.
Sunset Boulevard's score is the work of Andrew Lloyd Webber, who also composed The Phantom of the Opera.
"Andrew Lloyd Webber is a master of pulling together different styles of music, different genres, to weave together a fabric that supports the story. And he certainly does that perfectly for Sunset Boulevard," Ms Tree said.
Auditions will be held on the weekend of October 12-13 for the many other roles available.
Locals are encouraged to try out.
"That's one of the things that we think is really important with this venue. That we don't just bring in the professionals from other places all the time. We actually give the local community the chance to perform here as well," Mr Pike said.
Sunset Boulevard will be one of two in-house productions presented by Queanbeyan City Council next year and will be performed from October 2014. Tickets $35-$55.