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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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5 Debut Questions - Meet The Lion King’s Alia Kache

Mo Brady

Today on the blog, we meet The Lion King’s newest ensemblist, Alia Kache, and learn about her journey to joining the show’s Broadway company. 

 Alia Kache

Alia Kache

1. What is your name and hometown?

Alia Kache from Chattanooga, TN.

2. What is your role/track in your Broadway debut?

I am covering the cheetah in Disney's The Lion King.

3. How did you find out you had booked the part?

I was in the middle of creating a new dance for Ballet Memphis when I got an email from Thomas Schlenk at Disney Theatricals asking about my availability. After going back and forth a bit, he offered me the cheetah track (which is my absolute favorite).

4. What's been the most surprising thing about preparing to perform the show?

This is not my first time doing The Lion King. I was a swing on the Gazelle tour about seven years ago. What surprised me the most is how much the choreography is still in my body after all these years. A few things have been updated since the 20th anniversary so there were some new things to learn, but overall it was a fairly short and painless rehearsal process. The weirdest thing by far has been only doing one track. I keep looking around to make sure I know the other ladies' traffic and trying to catch bits of their choreography. Totally unnecessary! That swing brain is hard to turn off.

5. What are you looking forward to most about your experience on Broadway?

I am enjoying having a schedule. Freelancing is fun, but being able to dedicate myself to one thing really frees up a lot of brain power. I can focus on diving head first into the story without the worry of "what's next?"