Wheelchair Bound Actress Lands Leading Musical Role

01/07/2011
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(Paper Mill) Ali Stroker says she, "may be the first actress in a wheelchair in American Musical Theatre to have a leading role in a professional musical."

Ms. Stoker will play the role of Olive in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Paper Mill Playhouse, running at the Millburn theatre through February 13, 2011.

"As a kid growing up in Jersey, it was my life long goal to perform at Paper Mill Playhouse," said Ali. "Now my dream has come true."

Stroker is a graduate of Paper Mill Playhouse's Summer Musical Theatre Conservatory, and has long been a champion for the Christopher Reeve Foundation. Stroker has starred in several productions at New Players, Playwrights Horizon and American Theatre of Actors.

Actor James Huffman says, "Injured in a car accident at the age of two, Ali grew up in a wheelchair. Recently, she graduated from the Musical Theatre Conservatory at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. The summer before her senior year, she made the cut for an summer theater program in Amsterdam. She played Sister Aloysius in a European production of 'Doubt.' She is an actress, singer, writer and dancer... that's right... dancer." See Ali on YouTube

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