Posted by SHELLEY NG
July 2, 2012
About two years ago, a young actress appeared on The PIX11 Morning News when she was starring in an off-Broadway production of "The Putnam County Spelling Bee." What was unique about her story is she performed in the show from a wheelchair.
Ali Stroker has been paralyzed from the chest down since age two but has not let it keep her from her dream of acting and singing. She is a graduate of New York University`s Tisch School of the Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, concentration in drama.
Fast forward to 2012, and Ali is now starring on season two of the performance competition show "The Glee Project." New episodes of "The Glee Project" air on Tuesdays at 10pm on Oxygen.
On the heels of a record-breaking and award-winning first season, Oxygen reveals 14 extraordinarily talented contenders for a second season of "The Glee Project." Their dream grand prize: a guest starring role on the hit FOX series "Glee."
Season one of the critically-lauded "The Glee Project" electrified Gleeks all over the world and saw its winners, Damian McGinty and Samuel Larsen, each land seven-episode arcs on the hit series "Glee," with two of the final four contenders, Lindsay Pearce and Alex Newell, both earning two-episode arcs as runners-up. Season two of "The Glee Project" will air on Oxygen this summer with additional themes, all new music and more episodes.
Season two of "The Glee Project" will return with Ryan Murphy and Dante Di Loreto continuing as executive producers, along with series executive producers Michael Davies and Shauna Minoprio of Embassy Row.
During the eleven week run of the series, "The Glee Project" contenders will be narrowed down through intensive rounds of workshops, singing, dancing and acting-based assignments as the creative forces of "Glee" carefully assess who has what it takes to be one of the next new faces of the award-winning show. Murphy will once again join casting director Robert Ulrich and choreographer and "Glee" co-producer Zach Woodlee in the final deliberations of each installment of the series.
Vocal coach Nikki Anders, who mentored the contenders on-air in season one, joins the judging panel in season two each week as a permanent member. Additionally, continuing with the format of season one, "Glee" series regulars will appear on "The Glee Project" as guest mentors, including Lea Michele ("Rachel Berry") in the show's premiere episode.
Open casting calls for season two took place in Chicago, Nashville and New York, in addition to a competitive online search. The final 14 contenders hail from all over the country and come from widely differing backgrounds. They all have one thing in common their love of performing and their desire to win the prize of a lifetime!
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