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The Ensemblist is an inside look at the experience of being a Broadway performer- from the first rehearsal through performing eight shows a week and beyond. Whether you’re an experienced theatre professional or a passionate fan, The Ensemblist will give you the opportunity to get to know new performers and the great work they do onstage, while also shedding light on some of the hidden innerworkings of the Broadway experience. Created and hosted by Mo Brady (The Addams Family, SMASH) and Nikka Graff Lanzarone (Chicago, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown), The Ensemblist is the only podcast that shows you Broadway from the inside out. 

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How Does Does An Invited Dress Rehearsal Feel?

Mo Brady

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory ensemblist and podcast guest Stephen Carrasco shares his feelings about presenting his show to an audience for the first time:

"Tomorrow afternoon is a big day for us at Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Not only is it our first real audience of people not involved with creating the musical, but it's the hardest audience of all: our friends and family. To me, the opinions of those nearest and dearest matter most. We're nervous/scared/proud/anxious/filled with ALL THE FEELINGS. "

"As a swing on the production, I've sat and watched for the last 7 weeks as we've pieced the show together. Day after day we've added more and more, culminating in our invited dress, and our first preview. We swings have SEEN IT ALL through rehearsals and tech. From the moments of Broadway magic to the crazy technical flubs, we are no different than any other new musical as we head towards opening: constantly changing, growing, and looking forward. We are the second to last new musical to start previews this spring, and what an AMAZING season it is. Soon we will stake our place in the mix, and plow forward to opening. All in all, IT'S A BIG DEAL."

Stephen Carrasco and the swings of Broadway's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: Michael Williams, Kristin Piro, Robin Masella, Amy Wuanbeck and Mikey Winslow

Stephen Carrasco and the swings of Broadway's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: Michael Williams, Kristin Piro, Robin Masella, Amy Wuanbeck and Mikey Winslow

"If you want to know how @StephenCarrasco specifically feels, I'll tell you: I'm terrified. I love this show, and the wonderful people involved, but when we allow the outsiders in, we invite judgement into our home. I'm so excited to show everyone what we've worked so hard on. However, as a very wise human once said, "opinions are like a$$holes. Everyone has one and they all stink." I couldn't agree more. I'm ashamed to admit I read ALL the message boards. So we shall see."

"But please... I BEG YOU ALL: Be nice. When seeing any new musical, focus on what you love. Especially in today's world, we all need to smile more anyways. Our whimsical chocolate factory will bring you joy if you let it! In a season with more variety than flavors of fudge (get into the #CandyReference), enjoy something different!"

-Stephen Carrasco, Swing on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Listen to Stephen on The Ensemblist here.

Listen to our episode on Invited Dress Rehearsals here.