Musical star Ashley has fond memories of Eastbourne

Ashley Day

Ashley Day

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When Oklahoma arrives in Eastbourne for a five-day run in early April it’ll feel like something of a homecoming for one star of the cast.

For Ashley Day was brought up just along the coast in Bexhill and has fond memories of performing in the Congress Theatre at festivals and school events.

“I attended Little Common School and went on to enjoy some wonderful years at the Janice Blake Dance Studio in Buckhurst Road. I have great memories of that time and am grateful for the training and help I received there.”

Ashley’s brother still lives in Bexhill and will be among family members and friends when he dances and sings his way through the week in Eastbourne.

Oklahoma is currently on a 20-venue six-month tour of the country - having opened in Northampton in late February. It’s a tough schedule and prior to the East Sussex dates the show will be in Dublin.

“We have breaks in between but it’s a demanding timetable and you have to keep physically fit. So I spend a couple of hours in the gym most days.

“I’m obviously looking forward to being on the coast as I love being by the sea and I’m sure Eastbourne audiences will love the show which is full of energy and wonderful music.

“We have a really happy cast and that helps immensely when you are such a long tour.”

Ashley, who plays rugged cowboy Curly, trained at Stonelands School of Ballet and Theatre Arts and with the National Youth Music Theatre.

Also among the cast for Oklahoma are Belinda Lang, Gary Wilmot and Charlotte Wakefield.

Catch this show at The Congress Theatre from April 7-11, evenings 7.45pm with 2.30pm matinees on the Thursday and Saturday. Call 01323 412000 or go online at www.eastbournetheatres.co.uk