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Ashley Yvonne Wheat

Classical Singer from Overland Park, KS - Will travel up to 500 miles
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$250 - $2500 per event
Soprano, Ashley Yvonne Wheat, is a crossover artist based out of Overland Park. Comfortable performing in a variety of disciplines, Ashley's broad skill set makes her a unique and dynamic artist resulting in professional work as an actress, singer, educator, emcee and puppeteer. Originally from Bellevue, Washington Ashley graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and is presently the apprentice artist at the University of Missouri - Kansas City and the Lyric Opera of Kansas City.

This year Ashley made her debut with the Chestnut Fine Arts Center in Olathe, singing the ingenue in their Rodgers and Hammerstein musical review, 'Climb Every Mountain.' Ashley also made her mainstage soloist debut with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City with their season-opener, 'La Traviata,' performing the role of Annina. And finally, Ashley made her debut at the UMKC Conservatory singing her first Fiordiligi in Mozart's 'Cosi fan tutte.'

Ashley made her debut of the role Musetta in La Bohéme with Winter Opera St. Louis in 2012 and subsequently reprised the role at the Southern Illinois Music Festival a few months later. At the festival she also made her debut performing with the Chicago Chamber Orchestra. Summer 2012, Ashley traveled with StoneLion Puppet Theatre manipulating marionettes in The Toy Box at the Summer Surprises International Puppet Festival in Dubai. Locally, with StoneLion, Ashley handles rod puppets for Bubba and Trixie and more marionettes, performing It's A Jungle Out There!, Boneyard Jamboree and Snow. Ashley is also a regular performer with the Kansas City Fine Arts Institute performing works of musical theater and jazz standards. In 2012, Ashley made her debut with the Kansas City Repertory Theatre as the Soprano in A Christmas Carol, a role she reprised Christmas 2013. Also in 2013, Ashley completed her third year as an outreach performer with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, performing the role of Queen and Figaro the Dog in, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs' Spelling Bee, Mother/Witch in Hansel and Gretel, and Beauty in Beauty and the Beast. Ashley is a regular performer with Musical Theater Heritage in Kansas City, as part of the ensemble of Sweeney Todd (2012) and Hello Dolly (2013). She also performs in the Lyric Opera of Kansas City chorus, Madama Butterfly (2012) and The Magic Flute (2013).

Ashley received supplemental operatic training at the Aspen Music Festival and School where she was a New Horizons Fellow. Ashley has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Disney Hall and Dorothy Chandler Pavilion as well as the Sammamish Symphony. Past roles include: Rosie (Bye Bye Birdie), Anne Trulove (The Rake's Progress), Elettra (Idomeneo), Fly (The Cunning Little Vixen), First Lady (Die Zauberflöte), The Narrator (Joseph…) Cinderella (Cinderella), Marian Paroo (The Music Man) and much more. Ashley has also provided musical direction, formerly with USC Chamber Opera and locally at The Barn Players (Sweet Charity) and Blue Valley Northwest High School (Cinderella, Curtains, Into the Woods). Ashley has performed in master class with Los Angeles Opera conductor James Conlon, accompanist Martin Katz, opera director Ken Cazan, Seattle Opera conductor Asher Fisch and many others.

Ashley has extensive experience outside of Gig Masters, performing at weddings, funerals, charity events, galas, et cetera and is an asset to any event. Local clients include: Shawnee Heartland Assisted Living, University of Missouri - Kansas City, The Forum, Ventura Village, World War I Museum, The American Royal, genKC, Generation Relevant, Kansas City Fine Arts Institute, Buca di Beppo, Canterbury Academy, Barry Christian Church, United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, and more.
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Ashley was "just super" -- the consummate professional. She was cooperative in every way -- from the selection of music to her attire. Although she "oozes" talent and has a big, lush, controlled, gorgeous voice, she NEVER assumed the attitude of a difficult diva. She was a joy & a pleasure to work with, and I would hire her again in a second. I have received many, many compliments concerning her performance. She definitely added excellence and class to the occasion. HER PERFORMANCE WAS A GIFT TO ALL WHO HEARD IT !!!!!! Jean Ann

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Birthday Party (Adult)

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Ashley is the ultimate professional and I would rehire her in the future and recommend her to others.

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Wedding

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We enjoyed having Ashley perform at our daughters wedding. She has a wonderful voice and is very accommodating when asked to sing special songs. Even though we knew that her singing passion is for Opera she certainly can sing a ballad with heart and soul. We thank you Ashley! Kathy & John Pierce

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Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
Kansas City, MO
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
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Oct
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Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
Kansas City, MO
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
2014
Oct
1
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
Kansas City, MO
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
2014
Sep
27
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
Kansas City, MO
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
2014
Jul
26
Town Center
Leawood, KS
5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
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25
Out of the Country
Kansas City, MO
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
All of Me
Skylark
Mercer
Almost Like Being In Love
Brigadoon
Moon River
Mercer
I've Got a Crush On You
Gershwin
Younger than Springtime
Rodgers & Hammerstein
You'll Never Walk Alone
Rodgers & Hammerstein
Climb Every Mountain
Rodgers & Hammerstein
Favorite Things
Rodgers & Hammerstein
Cabaret
Kander & Ebb
Singer
Opera Singer
Jazz Singer
Broadway Singer
Classical Singer
Italian Singer
Oldies Singer
30s Singer
40s Singer
Cabaret Singer
Big Band Singer
Wedding Singer
Proms
Weddings
Baby Showers
Bar Mitzvahs
Celebrations
Funerals
Picnic
Bachelorette Parties
Concerts
Bat Mitzvahs
Bridal Showers
Events
Bachelor Parties
Banquets
Christenings
Conventions
Festivals
Fundraisers
Meetings
Birthday Parties (Adult)
First Communions
Engagement Parties
Rehearsal Dinners
Christmas Parties
Grand Openings
Graduation Parties
Holiday Parties
Memorial Services
Private Parties
Divorce Parties
Please note Ashley Yvonne Wheat will also travel to Shawnee Mission, Lenexa, Olathe, Kansas City, Stilwell, Grandview, Belton, Edwardsville, Spring Hill, Gardner, De Soto, Clearview City, Bonner Springs, Raytown, Lees Summit, Raymore, Bucyrus, Linwood, Unity Village, Cleveland, Independence, Hillsdale, North Kansas City, Riverside, Edgerton, Basehor, Sugar Creek, Greenwood, Peculiar, Eudora.
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