But Ali Stroker's casting is having an effect on people she's never met.
The 23-year-old actress has been cast in a production of the hit musical "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," which opened Wednesday at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Milburn, N.J., and it is both a career milestone for her and the entire disabled community.
Stroker is playing the role of Olive Ostrovsky, whose parents are away a lot.
"In the second act, she has this intense song where she imagines her family is loving and supportive," Stroker told AOL News.
As might be expected, both Stroker and her supportive and loving real-life family are very excited, but what makes it even sweeter is that the role is not written as a disabled person, which means she was cast for her ability, not her appearance.
Still, she admits that being in a wheelchair, although it's never mentioned, will add something extra to the role not in the original script.
"It does add another element to the character, even though I don't talk about the chair," she said.
It also required a little bit of stage work.
"The choreographer and I collaborated on my movements during the musical numbers," she said.
Stroker became paralyzed from the chest down after suffering an accident when she was 2. Despite that, she has been performing since the age of 6 and singing nearly as long.
A lot of singing technique involves using the stomach muscles and diaphragm, and finding proper voice placement offer requires a newbie to be taught while standing.
None of this was possible for Stroker, a mezzo-soprano, but she has managed to rise to the occasion.
"I couldn't engage the diaphragm or use the stomach or the core, but I did find a way to translate it into my own language," Stroker said. "I hope some of the things I've figured out can be passed along to others. It's important to share it with the world."
Having the lead in a musical is a big deal, but it did come with a price. Before being officially cast, Stroker had received a callback for the upcoming "Glee" reality show, where real-life actors and actresses compete for a possible role on the series.
"I had to bow out because of this role," she said. "On the other hand, I couldn't turn down this opportunity."
Stroker is hoping that having a lead role on her resume will help her get cast on "Glee" and the other musical shows that are sure to follow.
In addition, she is hoping that she can use the higher profile to help other disabled performers.
"I am happy that I was cast in a part that isn't specifically a disabled person, but I also hope producers realize that it is important to at least audition people that are disabled for roles when the characters are disabled," she said.
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