Ashley is from Candia, New Hampshire and as a young singer, she grew up listening to the soundtrack (Original London Cast Recording), and it was one of the first professional theatre productions that she saw- either in Boston or New York. She has always wanted to play the role of Cosette!
Ashley recently performed in Chicago with the Actorsingers, and has performed with other area groups including Footlight Theatre, Manchester Choral Society, Plymouth State University, Majestic Theatre, and The Acting Loft. Ashley enjoys expressing creativity through theatre, and has a love for music and performing. She says “It's a unique environment where I get to share my passion with other artists. I'm fortunate to be part of such a talented community!”
How did Ashley react when she was cast? “I woke up very early in the morning and got the news... I was so excited that I couldn't fall back asleep!”
How does Ashley connect with her character Cosette? “I connect with her by imagining myself in her situation. She grew up without her mother or father, and abused by the Thénardiers. Around age eight she enters into a privileged albeit sheltered life with her caretaker, Jean Valjean. To me, she has to represent hope--both to Valjean and the audience. She stands for light and goodness in the midst of a lot of tragedy.” Ashley found the most challenging part in telling Cosette's story in the scenes where she has either very few lines or none at all.
Ashley’s earliest theatre memory was her first musical; she played the role of a dancing saucer in Beauty and the Beast. She was not happy when she found out.. she had wanted to be Chip (the teacup.) Years later, she performed in the same show as Belle!
When not on stage Ashley recently became a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, and will have three additional certificates by January 2014.