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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: Frozen's Charissa Hogeland

Mo Brady

Today on our blog, we welcome Frozen ensemblist Charissa Hogeland to Broadway and learn about her journey to the Great White Way:

Charissa Hogeland

Charissa Hogeland

1.  What’s your name and hometown?

Charissa Hogeland, born and raised in Riverside, California.

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

Ensemble! I also understudy Elsa. 

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

I got a call from my agents. Three days after we were originally told the contract was starting. Lol! So I went a little crazy and then zen’d out about it, then finally got the call I was hoping for. 

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

Honestly... it’s like any other theater job. That’s not the answer people want, I know, but it’s just like any other rehearsal process. Especially because I was rehearsing with just myself and our (wonderful) dance captains in a rehearsal room, it didn’t feel like a huge big deal yet, even right up until walking into the wings for my first show. But as soon as the opening music started playing? I was trying to hold back tears but I also couldn’t stop smiling. I was instantly having the BEST time and was just like, “I’m on Broadway!”

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

Finally being on Broadway! It’s a milestone. It took me a little longer to get here than I thought it would, I had to fight through a few more battles than I expected, but I wouldn’t change the way my New York City (or California) life has gone up to now. I’m glad that the person I am right now is the person who gets to experience this very cool blessing. 

Charissa Hogeland

Charissa Hogeland