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5 Debut Questions: Mean Girls' Aaron Alcaraz

Mo Brady

This week, we welcome Mean Girls’s Aaron Alcaraz to the Main Stem and learn about his journey toward making his Broadway debut.

Aaron Alcaraz

Aaron Alcaraz

1. What is your name and hometown?

My name is Aaron Alcaraz and I’m from Los Angeles, CA.

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

I am a swing and understudy for Kevin G in Mean Girls on Broadway.

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

I was doing In The Heights (one of my favorite shows) in Michigan and we were a week into performances when I got a call from my agent saying that Mean Girls needed a swing pretty quickly and they wanted to know if I’d be willing to come back to New York early to do it. Thankfully everyone at my theater was super gracious and supportive and in maybe just a little over 12 hours it was all set. I spent the next few days helping to train my replacement during the day and doing the show at night, did my last show on July 4 so I got to watch fireworks with my cast outside our theater after, and then I flew out the next morning to start rehearsals for Mean Girls in the afternoon!

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

I’ve gotten to go on a few times now and besides how much work goes into learning each track, I think the hardest part for me has been being kind to myself throughout this ongoing process. I’m a person who likes/wants to do the best job possible and when I make a mistake or God forbid hinder what someone else is doing in the show, it’s been difficult for me to not feel horrible after. But I’m learning to breathe those things out, tell myself it’s ok and make the note to do better the next time. Which honestly is something I’m looking to do more of in my normal life as well.

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

I’m excited to get to the point where I can find out last minute that I’m going on for one of my tracks and it not be a problem. I’m in awe of the other swings in the show who are such pros and already know their tracks and who truly are ready to go on for any of them at a moment’s notice. I admire them so much and I’m looking forward to hopefully getting to their level one day.

Aaron Alcaraz and the company of  Mean Girls

Aaron Alcaraz and the company of Mean Girls