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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: Wicked's Celia Hottenstein

Angela Tricarico

Today, we welcome Wicked ensemblist Celia Hottenstein to Broadway and learn about her journey to the Great White Way.

Celia Hottenstein

Celia Hottenstein

1. What is your name and hometown?

My name is Celia Hottenstein and my hometown is Kingston, Pennsylvania, about 20 miles southwest of Scranton and across the Susquehanna River from Wilkes-Barre.

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

I am in the Ensemble and I understudy Glinda.

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

I got a call from my agent, Anna at DGRW, the day after my final dance callback. It was about 3:30 in the afternoon and I was in my kitchen making dinner.

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

I was challenged a lot by the amount of dance in this show. Dance is not the strongest for me and I remember being completely overwhelmed at my very first choreography rehearsal. Thankfully, we have two wonderful dance captains who taught me the show and were patient along the way. I never thought I would be dancing this much in anything. My goal is to continue working on improving my dance in classes outside the show. I am up there with a group of unbelievable dancers.

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

I am really excited to go on as Glinda at some point. This has been a dream role of mine since I was a little girl. Putting on those costumes at my first fitting was surreal. I’m also looking forward to having a job on Broadway that I get to go to every night! That cannot be overstated and I will never lose my appreciation for that privilege. As a friend said, it doesn’t happen for a lot of people, but it happened for me, and I am reminded of that every time I walk into the theater.

Celia Hottenstein

Celia Hottenstein