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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: The Prom's Susie Carroll

Mo Brady

Today on our blog, we welcome The Prom ensemblist Susie Carroll to Broadway and learn about her journey to the Great White Way:

1.  What’s your name and hometown?

My name is Susie Carroll, and I grew up in Park City, Utah. 

Susie Carroll in  The Prom

Susie Carroll in The Prom

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

I am the female vacation swing at The Prom, covering all teen girls in the show.

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

I was in final callbacks for the lab of The Prom that took place a little over a year ago and didn't book it. This past January, I was on vacation and got an email asking my immediately availability for a possible vacation swing at The Prom. I emailed back immediately and said I could be there in the morning. (I was a little too eager. haha) They emailed back saying nothing was official as of yet, but they would get back to me soon as to whether or not I would get the offer or not.

A few days passed by with a few emails back and forth explaining a few things were still processing, and then on a Sunday morning I received a call from Bethany Knox (casting director) explaining that I got the job and was starting in March. It was WELL WORTH THE WAIT!

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

I always knew Broadway was hard, but you never know to what extent until you are in the thick of it. It is hard, but in the best way! I had about ten days to learn the show, and at times I wondered if that were possible but literally everyone is prepared and on top of their work so from the confidence of them put confidence in me to trust that I will be able to do it in 10 days. Jack Sippel (dance captain) worked endlessly with me and I owe so much to him. 

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

It is simply my dream come true to be able to perform on Broadway! There are so many things I look forward to as I join the company of The Prom. First and foremost, getting to be on stage and doing what I love! And getting to do it with this dreamy of a cast. I mean this cast is a dream. I’ve looked up to so many of them for so long and now I’m alongside of them? Just magic. I am just so happy to be doing this. I showed lil Susie that it is possible and I hope I can show other girls that dreams are real and possible!

Susie Carroll

Susie Carroll