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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Interview With "A Little Night Music's" Ashby-Lee Foutch

  The ARTS musical A Little Night Music wraps up its run this weekend with three more shows in Huntington - and it includes a Thursday night performance.

   Let’s continue our interviews with the cast with the beautiful and talented Ashby-Lee Foutch - she plays an innocent young woman who has married impulsively.

    Here’s our interview with Ashby:

Q: Tell us about the musical A Little Night Music. 

Ashby: A Little Night Music is a musical full of twisted love stories. The couples all come together for a weekend at a famous actress's chateau, and the story takes some interesting turns while they are there. A unique quintet narrates/makes comments on the story as the show goes on. (They are delightful!) Each character and song were particularly created by Mr. Sondheim himself, and everyone has their own story to tell. The details in this musical are stunning. The set, lights, and costumes are gorgeous, the music is lovely, and the cast isn't half bad either!

Q: What part do you play?

Ashby: I play Anne Egerman. She is a naïve young woman who serves as a light of youthfulness to her older husband. She wants the world to be full of sunshine and sweetness, and she has a hard time dealing with events that open her up to negativity. She has not yet endured some of the harsh realities of life.

Q: What's your background in theatre?

Ashby: I have been singing and playing piano since I was a little girl, which led me to audition for a musical when I was 12. I instantly fell in love with all things theatre, and I have been involved with it ever since. I have been in numerous productions at the Paramount Arts Center and at ARTS. I have also attended the High School Musical Theatre Intensive at CCM and the Kentucky Center Governor's School for the Arts for Musical Theatre.

Q: What's your favorite song in the show?

Ashby: I love "A Weekend in the Country." It is the finale of Act One, and it's delicious. Every love story is involved, and everyone has their own viewpoint on the impending weekend. I particularly love Part 4 with Charlotte and Carl-Magnus. They are hilarious.

Q: What's been the most challenging thing about the show?

Ashby: Time. When snow pushed back (the ARTS production of) As You Like It earlier this season, the rehearsal period for this show was also pushed back. Doing a Sondheim musical in a time crunch was a daunting task, but we were in great hands. It has come together beautifully.

Q: What makes this show so much fun?

Ashby: The cast and crew. They are my people. I love them.

   Thanks, Ashby!

    ARTS presents A Little Night Music by Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler at the Renaissance Theatre at 900 8th Street on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 17, 18 and 19 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 for the show only, and $30 for dinner and the show. Call for reservation 304-733-2787.

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