Ex-Ridgeway School student to play in eagerly awaited West End show
Georgie Ashford, 22, who attended Ridgeway School, Wroughton has won a role in this years most anticipated West End Musical – A Chorus Line at the London Palladium.
She auditioned for the role with more than 2,000 other musical theatre stars before being called for the coveted place in the award winning Broadway classic.
Georgie only left training at The Arts Educational School, London a year ago and has already performed in Singing in the Rain, at Chichester Festival Theatre and as Elle Woods, Carley Stensons understudy, in Legally Blonde at the West Ends Savoy Theatre.
Her list of impressive credits also include performances at the Royal Albert Hall in My Fair Lady at the Proms, the 10th Anniversary Concert of the Madness musical, Our House, working with Madness front man Suggs, plus a workshop for a new Harry Hill musical based on the X-Factor.
It was then the call to audition for the show everyone in the West End wanted to be part of, A Chorus Line, the smash hit, award winning Broadway musical. Two months of gruelling auditions followed, before the all important call confirmed her place in musical theatre history.
But the excitement didn’t end there, as Georgie was then asked to understudy 5 of the 9 lead female roles, an incredible honour in such a technically demanding show.
Georgie, began her training at Swindon Academy of Dance, under Sarah Watson and was first taught to sing as part of Sheila Harrod’s Kentwood Choir. As a result she won a place at the renowned Arts Educational School, Tring before moving on to do a Musical Theatre degree at Arts Ed. Chiswick.
The show cleverly explores the world of dancers auditioning for a place on a chorus line and looks at what motivated them to dedicate their lives to dance.
The cast all have to be incredible dancers, actors and singers and by being asked to cover so many diverse and challenging roles, after being out of eduction for such a short time, means Georgie has put her training to good use and proven herself to be all three.
A Chorus Line runs at the London Palladium until January 2014, with a rumoured National tour to follow.