Ashton is finishing his first year in Graduate School.
He is currently Directing and Choreographing Godspell (May
15-17) at CCM. In June, he will be directing Giving
Up Later by Adam Wagner at the Cincinnati Fringe Festival.
This summer he is heading back to the Ogunquit Playhouse
in Maine to Assistant Direct The Producers working
with Director, BT McNichol.
Ashton and Gina participated in Backers Presentations for Berlin, the Musical and Children
of Eden at the Laurie Beechman Theatre in NYC. Ashton sang the role of "Cain" for Children
of Eden and composer Stephen Schwartz narrated (and sang as well). The cast
included Kristy Cates and Marie-France Arcilla. Producers Erik Orton and Karen
Walter Goodwin hope to eventually bring both pieces to Broadway. (click
here to see group photo)
Good News! Ashton has been accepted into the Graduate Directing
program at the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory
of Music. Ashton will be pursuing an MFA in Directing with
an emphasis in Musical Theatre beginning in September of 2007.
The program is very competitive and the school accepts 3 directing
students every other year to fulfill three areas of emphasis
(Musical Theatre, Opera, and Drama). Gina, Ashton, and their
dog Fuji, are looking forward to this new adventure and moving
to (and registering to vote in) Ohio.
February - April 2007
Ashton is one of four Directors in The Barrow Group Theatre Company's Directing Workshop. The class is taught by TBG Artistic Director and Founder, Seth Barrish.
- September 2006
Ashton plays "Sheriff Joe Sutter" in "The Spitfire
Grill" for the Idaho Shakespeare Festival. The production
is directed by Drew Barr and musically directed by the show's
Composer and Co-book writer, James Valcq. The cast also includes
Lynn Allison, Sara M. Bruner, Darren Mathias, Beverly Ward, and
The performance dates are September 8-30.
Please visit: www.idahoshakespeare.org
June 2, 2006
"New Lies for Old"
Frederick Lowe Room,
Along with Ashton, the cast includes Marcus Neville (The Full
Monty), Amy Silverman (School House Rock LIVE) and Jamison Stern
Ashton is the featured vocalist for the New Jersey "Yom HaShoah"
service (Holocaust Rememberance) at the state capitol in Trenton.
Ashton records the demo for the new musical comedy "The
Geeks" by William G. Fisher and Kenneth Heaton.
March 22-23, 2006
Ashton will be taking part in a Backer's Presentation/Industry
Reading of the new show,
"New Lies for Old."
"New Lies for Old is a new gloves-off revue that skewers
the bait-and-switch tactics of our elected officials, the self-congratulatory
spin of the media, and the unabashed hypocrisy of the religious
right -- among other fun subjects. If you're madder than hell
and you'd rather be laughing, join us on the barricades."
Sketches and Lyrics by Jeffrey Haddow (Chekhov in Yalta, Scrambled
Music by Bob Christianson (Sex in the City)
Directed by Dennis Deal (Night Club Confidential)
Along with Ashton, the show features:
Marcus Neville (The Full Monty)
Ed Staudenmayer (Forbidden Broadway SVU)
Amy Silverman (Schoolhouse Rock Live)
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