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Getting Married Today - Company - Ashley Wool as Amy
"Getting Married Today" from Company with the Irvington Clocktower Players. Music & Lyrics by (obviously) Stephen Sondheim. Featuring Ashley Wool (yours truly) as Amy, Cindy Finegan as Jenny, and Chris Oldi as Paul. Directed by George Croom at the Irvington Town Hall Theater in Irvington, NY. with: Jason Summers (Bobby), Stephanie Horowitz (Sarah), Neil Schleifer (Harry), Audrey Federici (Joanne), Larry Reina (Larry), Richard Damaso (David), Jenn Bedell (Susan), Peter Adamson (Peter), Samantha Kahn (April), Ruperta Nelson (Marta) and Jen Vadella (Kathy) www.ashleywool.com
Ashley Wool - Alice in Wonderland
Playing Alice in "The Trials of Alice in Wonderland" for Yorktown Stage's Theatre for Young Audiences series. This was way more fun of a show than it had any right to be. Some fun facts: -Our call time was 9am. TYA be like that. It seems obscenely early for theatre, but after five years of working at Starbucks, it wasn't the worst thing ever. -The same day I got offered this role, I got offered a job at a rather infamous strip club in the South Bronx. I didn't end up working there. I just thought it was funny that I got these two dramatically different job offers in the same day. -I wore blue contact lenses for this show. I'm probably the only one who noticed. #godisinthedetails -Chris Oldi, who played the King of Hearts, would end up playing the Paul to my Amy in Company later that year! The Trials of Alice in Wonderland Book by William J. Brooke, music by Eric Rockwell, lyrics by Joanne Bogart. Directed by August Abatecola with music direction by Ricky Romano and choreography by Carrie Silvernail. Featuring Sam Miley as the Cheshire Cat and Caitlyn Stellwagen as Tiny Alice.
Ashley Wool - Smokey Joe's Cafe Highlights
Performing in Smokey Joe's Cafe: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller at the Irvington Town Hall Theater. Direction and musical direction by George Croom. Featuring: "I'm a Woman" (Jerry Leiber/Mike Stoller) "Love Me/Don't" medley (Leiber/Stoller) with Tilden Todd "Pearl's a Singer" (Leiber/Stoller/Ralph Dino/John Sembello)
Ashley Wool - "Suspended in Time" from Xanadu
My stint as an artist-in-residence at the @WhitePlainsPAC conservatory program led me to my all-time favorite role, Kira/Clio in Xanadu. Some fun facts: -This video is too far away to truly appreciate it, but the design team put together an ingenious Pegasus at the last minute (after some more high-tech plans fell through). I'm straddling one of those mesh white-light reindeer lawn decorations that you put out at Christmas time, except with a Lady Gaga wig as the mane. And it's being pulled along on a small rolling platform. -Shortly after rehearsals started, I cut my heel and injured my Achilles tendon (a body part which, incidentally, becomes a plot point in the show involving the Greek mythology that its name derives from). My character is on roller skates for most of the show, and I had never roller skated in my life...and thanks to this injury, I only had about two weeks to learn instead of the six-ish I was hoping for! I pulled it off, but let's just say nobody should do this show without insurance! -Almost nobody else in the cast had roller-skated before either. Check out the finale and you'll probably be able to guess who the experienced skaters are: https://youtu.be/q0FbT8GnFcs -I played Kira again a little over a year later with a fledgling community theatre company that did not yet have an established home venue. The stage we played on was maybe a third as large, and really not a good place to be doing anything on wheels...but we had fun anyway, and I went on to perform in a bunch more shows with them as the group expanded. -There are clips of this second show on YouTube (no I'm not saying where, unless enough of you ask), and a comment on one of the videos (which has since been deleted) described me as "the poor man's Kerry Butler" and I think that's my brand now.
"Sheridan Square" by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken
Howard Ashman wrote these lyrics from a place of vulnerability at a time when the HIV/AIDS epidemic was devastating the nation and the LGBTQ community in particular, who suffered in silence and stigma for years and still do. I happened to discover this song in the summer of 2011, the same day that marriage equality was granted in New York, and around the same time that "undetectable = untransmittable" was becoming accepted as scientific fact. It was a poignant reminder that although we've come a long way in the fight against HIV/AIDS and we've come a long way in accepting and valuing the LGBTQ community, this song reminds us where we came from and what (and who) was sacrificed to get here. Special thanks to Sarah Ashman Gillespie, Lynn Fusco, and Steve Loftus (piano).
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