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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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"Pre-production is Unbelievably Valid Time."

Mo Brady

Podcast guest Sarah O'Gleby shares why pre-production rehearsals can be the most fruitful time of a rehearsal process.


Sarah O'Gleby

Sarah O'Gleby

Pre-production might be the most valid time in a creative process regardless if it's for a corporate event, the Tony Awards or a Broadway Show. 

It's the time where you sit around maybe for the first few days and talk about the deeper meanings of each moment, challenging each other to maybe even see a different point of view: What do we want the movement to look like, how will the number build? Is the number the palette cleanser, the 11 o'clock number, the first time we learn something about the character.

Eventually we then get on our feet, and start creating the movement. A lot of the time we will play the music and start dancing to create the language of movement first and become inspired by each other. 

Just recently for Frozen we did a "double pre-pro" so to speak. First, Charlie Williams (my fellow associate on Frozen), choreographer Rob Ashford and I had time in a studio with the music department to create the foundations for all the big numbers. Then we did a second layer, where we taught a skeleton crew of six dancers and saw where things really worked or where it wasn't as successful as we thought it might be and could make changes quickly. Therefore when we start rehearsals with the cast we are already one step ahead.

On corporate events, I have to work very quickly so pre pro is even more important. I have to have a super solid plan of everything that needs to be achieved as you only have a few days to create the magic.

Pre-production is unbelievably valid time and should always be budgeted in, there is no doubt that a much better product is always created.

Listen to our podcast episode on pre-production here.