• Music & Theatre

    “Part of Your World” (The Little Mermaid 🧜‍♀️)

    Hi, friends 👋 For today’s #WeeklyWednesday (and upcoming weeks), I’m sharing individual songs from my NYU Master’s Recital 😊🎓 This week’s is one of my childhood Disney favorites, “Part of Your World” from ‘The Little Mermaid.’ 🧜‍♀️ Lyrics are by Howard Ashman and music by Alan Menken. My full recital including ‘My Fair Lady’ character study is available here! My phenomenal accompanist is Rachel Dean 👏 my wonderful vocal instructor throughout my time at NYU is Matthew Shepard Smith (if you’re looking for a teacher, contact him!!) and my fantastic vocal coach is Christine Reimer. It really has been such a privilege and joy to work with and create this…

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    “All Is Found” – Frozen II ❄️⛄️

    So… finally saw Frozen 2 last week 😁😁😁 Today’s #WeeklyWednesday is the first of probably a couple of videos I’ll record from the movie! This version of “All Is Found” is the one Queen Iduna (Evan Rachel Wood) sings to Elsa and Anna. I needed to take a musical break from my (second) grad school program (linguistics), which started last week, and this is what came of it 🙂 The nice news on that end is that I now have a little audio recording corner set up in our house! I hope you enjoy my cover of “All Is Found”! The accompaniment I used is from the Frozen 2 soundtrack,…

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    Disneyland Christmas 2019

    Happy #WeeklyWednesday! Sharing some more scenes from a very quick trip we had to Disneyland in mid-November, plus some of my music 😊 The Happiest Place on Earth was looking particularly magical this year! The decorations, music, special events, and seasonal foods were wonderful! I hope you’ll have the chance to go soon, but if not, I hope this video captures a sense of it and makes you smile! If you like this video, check out: On my end — my next phase officially begins today, with my first class at Georgetown (Linguistics)… In the words of Little Red, I’m feeling “excited and scared” 🙏  Thank you, as always, for watching! I…

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    Disneyland’s Christmas Fantasy Parade 🎄☃️🎁

    Happy New Year 🥳 This first day of 2020 finds me feeling good and looking forward to some of the very big events coming later this year! I hope it finds you doing and feeling well and hopeful, too 💗 Today’s #WeeklyWednesday is Disneyland’s “A Christmas Fantasy“ parade! We enjoyed seeing it and the beautiful decorations and festive events going on in the Parks when we were there in November! I hope you enjoy watching it here ☺️ If you like this video, check out my clips from California Adventure: More from Disneyland coming soon! Thanks for watching! #AshleyWagnerArts

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    A Trip to Disney’s California Adventure!

    An unrelated-to-this-video note: I had my NYU Master’s recital last night and I’m so pleased with and grateful for how it went! I feel like I was able to demonstrate some of the best of my abilities and training, and it was such a privilege and pleasure to perform with my phenomenal accompanist and the other incredible artists and friends who comprised my My Fair Lady cast 💜💜💜 Thank you very much to those of you who came or watched online last night!! In the coming weeks, I will be editing our video footage to share here ☺️ For this video: This isn’t exactly a vlog, but I thought I’d…

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    “Touch the Sky” (Merida from Brave)

    Hey, friends! For today’s Halloween-themed #WeeklyWednesday, I hope you’ll check out last year’s “Touch the Sky” video! It was really fun to make! Last year was a particularly fun Halloween for me, as I think it’s the first year I’ve ever purchased a costume (rather than cobbling something together last minute) 😉  I thoroughly enjoyed being Merida, and NYC was absolutely gorgeous – weather, festivities, company…  During lunch in the park, we decided to film a little bit, including the first verse of “Touch the Sky” – and I managed to record and edit the rest at home before and after the Greenwich Village Parade (fun/crazy!). I hope you enjoy this…

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    Disney Cruise Line blog

    One of the highlights of my theatre career has been performing for Disney Cruise Line. In this portion of my website, I’ve re-shared many of my original posts about that experience. I hope you enjoy them! Not only was it incredible to portray characters I’ve loved since my earliest childhood memories (especially Mary Poppins), for the company who originated our modern concepts of these stories, with all that entails (the creativity, talent, and budget to stage productions in such a lavish and magical way; the ability for these performances to reach hundreds of thousands of guests) — it was a special honor to feel that through my work, I was…

  • Academic,  Favorites

    An Analysis of Language Ideologies in Disney’s “Moana”

    University of California, Irvine, 2017. Linguistic Anthropology. [Assignment prompt: Analyze language ideologies in a popular animated film released after 1994 and intended primarily for children. Reference Rosina Lippi-Green’s article “Teaching children how to discriminate,” in English with an Accent, 79-103. London and New York: Routledge, 1997.] “A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor” Franklin Delano Roosevelt a Inspired by the remarkable voyaging heritage of early Polynesians and their mythology – particularly the shapeshifting, trickster demigod, Maui – Disney creatives, led by Ron Clements and John Musker, and a team of Pacific Island experts, worked for 5 years to craft Disney’s 2016 film Moana (Robinson 2016). Not only does Moana…

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    Disney Cruise Line Videos

    28 Jan (a year later) So much has happened since my last post! One of the biggest things is that I finished a wonderful contract on the Disney Dream, including 300 performances of our 3 main stage shows: Disney’s Believe, The Golden Mickeys, and Villains Tonight! ? It dawned on me that if you’re reading my blog (particularly for the Disney bits), you might like to see videos from some of our shows.  I wish they were better quality, but I hope they at least give you a taste of the wonderful live Walt Disney Theatre productions on the ship. Below is a playlist to watch them all! Some highlights of…

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    Ship life + Performing! Is this reality?

    Monday, 27 February I’m typing from a breezy cafe in Nassau.  It’s sunny and very hot outside, and two of my friends have joined me for some tea, a little chit chat… and much needed wifi 😉  I’ve been on the Disney Dream for a month and a half now and things are finally starting to feel normal!  The cruise itself is such an incredible experience for the guests – there truly is something for everyone, and I’m surprised by how many adults come on a Disney cruise without children!  My life here – though not all vacation – is certainly surreal – at times wonderful and at times crazy… …