I Can’t Remain Quiet (Video of the Cabaret Included)

It started with a text message…

Ashley and I had been talking about putting on a cabaret for a few months and an innocent text message that I sent to her that read “I guess there’s just something about Ashley” became the catalyst for our show. It was that text that catapulted us into action and the planning began. 16763_356682125603_559840603_10269384_2402642_nAshley and I have been friends since our musical theatre school days, but became really close after running into one another on the subway a few years ago. We have since worked on two shows together and have become one another’s confidantes in life, but especially in our performing careers. ashleyfunnygirl (2)We started planning our show extensively while on vacation together this summer. SANY4278We came back with two very long to-do lists, song ideas and some great story-telling material for the cabaret itself and got moving. We started working with our pianist extensively in September and worked our butts off to get the show together.

There’s a lot of amazing contemporary musical theatre out there that Ash and I were dying to sing. Composers like Kerrigan & Lowdermilk, Scott Alan, Jonathan Reid Gealt, and Kooman & Dimond are making beautiful music and telling amazing stories that need to be told and we were thrilled to have the platform to do just that. It was so fun to put together our set list with songs that showcased our voices and personalities, but also told the story of what it’s like to be an Ashley. 4924122502_84a815c24d_zThis year has provided me with some pretty exciting performance opportunities. I didn’t think I could top the high that I had reached after meeting Sheldon Harnick whilst doing REX in Feburary or the experience of my first Fringe this summer, but putting together our cabaret was absolutely phenomenal. I felt so inspired, every single day, and it absolutely solidified my love for performing and being onstage.

Last Thursday I practically jumped out of bed, ready for our big day. SANY4594After one final rehearsal we prepared to hit the stage. SANY4595I was giddy.

We hit the stage and it was magical. We had a great audience of people from many different parts of our lives who were incredibly appreciative of all that we did. Ash and I had planned some little bits of banter which flowed smoothly (much to the audience’s delight) and our songs and harmonies were totally there. SANY4600SANY460163071_10150288164165125_865410124_15107146_3162775_nI left the stage at the end of the show on a total high. I was so proud of the work I had put out which was reciprocated by the audience’s reaction. The show was followed by a pretty amazing after party and I had a wonderful night mingling with our friends and supporters while dancing and indulging in the Ashleyx2 drink special. SANY4609SANY4607SANY4605I left the party feeling excited, proud, giddy and most of all INSPIRED. The show reiterated for me that I need to be performing and often. So I’m working to make that happen.

In the meantime here’s a video of me singing “Quiet” by Jonathan Reid Gealt at the show.

It’s funny because I originally chose this song just because I loved it; It sat nicely in my voice, the lyrics were great and it fit right into the show. But once we got into rehearsals, the sentiment of the song started to resonate in various areas of my life and by the time I sang it on Thursday it had taken on a whole new meaning. Amazing.

I’m so thankful to have had such an incredible opportunity to perform so beautiful material with one of my favourite people. The show has left me feeling so inspired to perform and put myself out there and for the first time since musical theatre school, I truly feel ready to do so. Thank you to everyone who came and watched… and if you missed it, I’m sure it won’t be the last! I’m excited to see what opportunities the future brings…

13 comments:

Meghan (Making Love In The Kitchen) said...

Hello Ms. Mayor of Awesometown, you are delightful. Can't wait to see your musicals about flax seeds and kale.

calialexandra said...

Wow - you really have a beautiful voice. Congratulations on your show!

Basht said...

wow.. you have such a beautiful voice!

AMR said...

Let me just preface this comment to say that this is not a critique on what was or what is, but more an acknowledgement of the great joy that it gives me to watch you sing, now, 6 years later, and with such maturity and life experience to back it up and give it power. I get it now...we were so young! You are beautiful....xo

Ash said...

I can't tell you how much your comments mean to me... I'm sitting here crying because I'm filled with so much joy.

Ali - we WERE so young... and I'm finally in a place where I feel ready to "do" this. I think it's just life experience, but I love this feeling of where I am. And ready to share this with the world.

bodybynature.ca said...

Stunning!

GF Gidget said...

You sound like Sutton Foster! LOVE!!!! Great song choice too! Have you ever heard of the song "Perfect"? It was written by Tom Kitt for the musical High Fidelity. Look it up. You MUST add it to your repertoire!

Monique a.k.a. Mo said...

Wow! You have such a powerful and beautiful voice!

Ash said...

Thank you so much!! Your feedback is so sweet and appreciated xo

GFG - Seriously, the Sutton Foster comment made my day.

VeggieGirl said...

Ash, I'm speechless (err, type-less? haha). You are SO inspiring, talented, and wonderful. Such a powerful singing voice.

Natasha said...

A lovely song, sung by a beautiful woman, that couldn't have been performed any more perfectly!!!

~I had to watch it twice :)

Amanda said...

Beautiful.... ;)

Douglas said...

an absolute beauty with a voice of gold.....