Thursday, March 24, 2016

Ashley's School Acting Career

One of the things that attracted us to Ashley's school was its strong drama club program. Any student in grades 2-8 who wanted to be involved with the drama club auditioned and was given a role (students in grades 5-8 could be in stage crew).

It didn't take much arm twisting for Ashley, already a veteran actress having performed the role of Zuzu in Somerset Valley Player's production of "Its a Wonderful Life" to audition for a role.

3rd grade: Townsperson Dinah in "Thankincense" and Orphan Kate in "Annie"

4th grade: Amy March in "A Christmas Carol" and "Lips" in "Bugsy Malone" (Lips was a police officer who really wanted to be a ventriloquist)

5th grade: Stage crew (because she was Lucy in "Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe") and Mrs. Gloop in "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory."

6th grade: Charwoman and Artful Dodger in "A Christmas Carol" and one of the DeWarfs (Dwarfs) in "A Rockin' Tale of Snow White"

7th Grade: Alice in "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" and Louisa Von Trappe in "Sound of Music." Alice was one of Ashley's favorite parts.

8th grade: Scrooge in "A Christmas Carol" and double cast roles of Captain Hook and Whibbles the Pirate in "Peter Pan." (They had a different Captain Hook, Wendy, and Peter Pan for each performance.)

Don has been backstage since (at least) Bugsy Malone (Ashley's 4th grade play). For his last show he had a cameo.

This is the ad we meant to place in the program. We ended up putting in an earlier draft that was not nearly as much fun.

From third grade as Dinah (a Thankincense townsperson) and Orphan Kate (in Annie) to eighth grade Ebenezer Scrooge and Captain Jane Hook we've really enjoyed watching you shine on stage and are really proud of the life skills the SAS Drama program has instilled in you like: speaking in front of an audience, ability to improvise, sing, do ventriloquism, pick pockets, and cross-dress.  You've always been a star in our eyes.   Love,
Momoiselle and The Stage Manager

We are already looking forward to seeing Ashley become involved with Notre Dame plays, or anything else she chooses to explore in her life as a high school student.

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