Stories & Cast Interviews

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Ann on the Avenue!

Posted by: wbtpress on Thursday, October 15, 2009 at 11:29:00 am Comments (0)

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. 

 

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Tap along!

Posted by: wbtpress on Wednesday, October 14, 2009 at 12:09:00 pm Comments (0)

Get a glimpse of some 42nd Street opening night excitement on the WBT stage! There's alot more where this came from! Come experience "those Dancing Feet" for yourself through Feb 6, 2010. Some of the most dazzling dancing you will ever see!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Dottie Dishes!

Posted by: wbtpress on Tuesday, October 13, 2009 at 11:51:00 am Comments (0)

I spoke with the fabulous Dorothy Stanley who plays Broadway diva, Dorothy Brock in 42ND STREET.....

"I was raised in West Hartford, CT and went to school at Ithaca College and Carnegie-Mellon U (my parents' Alma Mater) where I got my BFA and MFA in Viola Performance and minored in Drama. While in Pittsburgh I auditioned for the Civic Light Opera and was cast in the chorus. After two summers (five shows each) I had my Equity card. I then moved to NYC to continue studying the Viola at Julliard, but also started auditioning for shows. I started playing in area orchestras, but got my first theatrical job 2 months after moving to NY. I juggled both orchestra gigs and shows for about a year, but I got more and more theatre offers. Since performing was what I really my dream, I put the viola on hold."

   Dorothy with Todd Lattimore (as Billy)

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Catch The magic of 42ND STREET!

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Shannon O'Bryan & Todd Lattimore perform the "42ND STREET Ballet"