Nickname: "Ballerina Sandy"
Occupation: Cocktail Waitress
Hometown: Massillon, OH
Audition City: Los Angeles
Vocal: 10 years
Dance: 14 years of ballet, lyrical, tap, pointe, jazz & modern
Acting: 8 years
FUN FACTS: She is a Pisces. Performed as Barbie on the national tour of "Barbie in Fairy-topia".
Ashley is a small-town girl who loves chocolate (she even hides it in her room in case she's having a craving in the middle of the night!), old movies with Fred Astaire and says she's closest to her mom, Molly. Molly claims that Ashley came out singing and dancing.
Ashley says, "I wanted to be a prima ballerina from when I was a very little girl. I danced in smaller studios starting when I was 4 years old and I began competing when I was 7 years old." Ashley joined a ballet company when she was 10, but still competed as a solo dancer on the side. She says, "I remember having to change in the car a lot because I was also cheerleading and going to school. I was really serious about pursuing my dreams." Then a toe injury that progressively got worse and worse destroyed those dreams when Ashley was 14. "The doctor told me I had to stop dancing on pointe, which is what you need to do if you want to be a ballerina." In the end, Ashley did not let this injury stop her, she is still able to dance other styles and she says it helped her focus on singing and performing.
Ashley auditioned for the role of Barbie in the national tour of "Barbie in Fairy-topia" and was given the opportunity to be Barbie's understudy and perform in the show once a week. Though she was unable to attend college because her parents could not afford it, she has not let it keep her back. She says, "I'd much rather have the hands on experience than to learn it in a classroom."
Ashley came to our Los Angeles auditions with her last little bit of money and didn't even tell her family she was coming here. She feels that she puts a lot of heart into everything she does and calls herself "goofy" and "happy." Ashley says that she always dreamed of playing the role of "Sandy" on Broadway and says she was "born ready" for this opportunity.
What genre of movies do you enjoy? I love all movies, especially older movies with Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly and Gone with the Wind.
Favorite TV show: Gilmore Girls and One Tree Hill/
Favorite Actor: Danny Kaye
Favorite Actress: Rachel McAdams
Favorite Musical(s): White Christmas, Hairspray, Showboat
Favorite Foods: I'm a very picky eater: love meat and steaks, chicken, veal. I love Italian food. I never really ate fast food.
Favorite Color: Blue