Ann on the Avenue!

Posted by: wbtpress on Thursday, October 15, 2009 at 11:29:00 am

Ann-Ngaire Martin, who lives in Chappaqua, is one of our favorite Actresses! She has graced our stage several times as very different characters......She can do it all....we asked her to let us in on a few things!

 

I grew up in California and was studying to be a pianist which led to singing then dancing and the rest is history. I'm the youngest of 4 and had a wonderful childhood of 4th of July croquet games, camping trips and capture the flag with the entire neighborhood. I moved to New York to study acting when I was 18 with $200 in my pocket. Good thing I was young and didn't know any better.

          I'd have to say one of my biggest influences/mentors was my high school boyfriend (as crazy as that sounds). He was an extremely talented musician at a young age and became a well-known film composer.  His whole family was in the arts and their house was full of music. His love for music was contagious and he set very high standards for being an artist.

As a young performer, my favorite role was Charity in 'Sweet Charity'. I think one of my favorite shows is 'Sweeney Todd'. I would have to say my dream roles would be Edie in 'Grey Gardens' and Nellie Lovet in 'Sweeney Todd'. Here's hoping I get the opportunity someday!

          I would have to say one of the most memorable moments I had on stage was with Martha Raye in 'Annie'. She was playing Hannigan and I was playing Lily St. Regis. We were in Los Angeles on tour and there was a stagehand strike. The substitute stagehands were doing their best but a piece of our set which was a huge hanging sign of smiling teeth fell loose on one end. It started to swing precariously to and fro and was difficult to ignore. Martha took out her false teeth, threw them into the set desk drawer and continued the scene. The audience loved it, of course.

          Favorite moment in '42nd Street'? I'd have to say when the ensemble is tapping in the closing number and the band drops out for a few moments. Just the pounding of feet in time together.So pure. It goes right through ya. Wow, gets me every night.

          When I'm not on stage I love going to the theatre with my husband and children. They're all in the arts in one form or another, so it makes for good discussions afterward. When we can't afford to go to the theatre I like fixing things in my very old house and taking naps on the couch with my dog is pretty great too.

           My iPod has mostly Musicals(surprise, surprise), John Mayer, Joni Mitchell, Betty Hutton, Gershwin and Judy Garland. 

 

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