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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. 


5 Debut Questions - School of Rock's Kara Haller

Mo Brady

Today on the blog, we meet School of Rock’s newest ensemblist, Kara Haller, and learn about her journey to joining the show’s Broadway company. 

Kara Haller

Kara Haller

1. What is your name and hometown?

My name is Kara Haller, and I am from Olney, MD.

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

I am the Female Swing and Asst. Dance captain for School of Rock on Broadway.

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

I was on the first national tour at the time, and I got a phone call one morning from our choreographer, JoAnn Hunter, asking if I would be interested in moving to the Broadway company. The fabulous Lulu Lloyd was my same role in the Broadway company, but she left to go out on the road with Bat Out of Hell. So as luck would have it, the track opened up and JoAnn offered it to me!

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

The most surprising part of joining the Broadway company is how different this version of the show is compared to the touring production! The set is different, the track breakdowns for the ensemble are different, the musical styling is slightly different, there are cut scenes or added scenes - who knew! It was also surprising how little they rehearsed me since I was coming straight from the tour. I was given two weeks to trail/watch/rehearse, but I had no put-in rehearsal. No chance to do any of the show on stage or with any other actors before going on!

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

First, I am looking forward to being in one place for awhile. After being on the road for over a year, I am so thankful to have one home and one theatre to go back and forth to. Secondly,  I am looking forward to walking into the Winter Garden stage door every night and thinking, “This is it. This is Broadway. I am finally here.” It hasn’t sunk in quite yet - but I look forward to the day when I am at the curtain call looking out into the audience, and it hits me that I am in a Broadway show. This is my job. I couldn’t be more fortunate. What a gift!!