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Andrea Rouch, a Carmel native, is returning to Indiana to perform as the understudy to Molly, the female lead in the musical adaptation of
Andrea Rouch, a Carmel native, is returning to Indiana to perform as the understudy to Molly, the female lead in the musical adaptation of "Ghost." The show open in Indianapolis Tuesday, and runs through March 9.

As a teenager growing up in Carmel, Andrea Rouch dreamed of performing on Broadway, being able to return to her home state as a star.

Though her career has only just started, she’s well on her way to that goal.

Rouch has earned the understudy role of Molly, the female lead, in the musical adaptation of “Ghost.” Her role places her in the position of a woman in love with her soulmate, Sam. After Sam is mugged and murdered, she has to put her shattered life back in order.

“Ghost” will hit the stage from Tuesday through March 9 at the Murat Theatre at Old National Centre, 502 N. New Jersey St., Indianapolis.

Shows will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and March 6, 8 p.m. March 7, 2 and 8 p.m. March 8 and 1 and 6:30 p.m. March 9.

Tickets range from $40 to $98.50. For ticket information, go to www.indianapolis.broadway.com.

How did you get into theater?

I didn’t get into theater until later on. I went to Carmel High School and needed an elective, so I took choir. I ended up auditioning for the musical sophomore year and got it. It was “Beauty and the Beast,” and I really fell in love with theater from there.

When did you think this was something you’d do as a career?

Toward my senior year of high school, I decided this was what I wanted to do. I went through the audition process and got into Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn. I ended up getting my bachelor’s degree in musical theater.

What was your first professional job?

I worked a year out of school in an internship at Playhouse on the Square in Memphis, Tenn., and then I booked “Beauty and the Beast” national tour. That was my first professional job out of school.

What was it like doing a national tour like that?

That was actually the first show I ever did when I was in high school. To do it at a national tour level was a dream in many ways. I used to be in college and thinking that I just wanted to be a part of something that’s big. Now that it’s happened, it’s more like a path that I’m on, more like a feasible career.

How did you land the role with “Ghost”?

I submitted a video to the production. I was still on tour with “Beauty and the Beast,” so I couldn’t audition in person. They had already done callbacks but hadn’t found all of their characters. I got called in after their final callbacks. It was pretty immediate after that.

Is this the first time you’ve come back to Indiana since starting national tours?

We didn’t come to Indiana last year, and I’m so excited. I’ve always wanted to perform at the Old National Theatre. I remember seeing “Les Miserables” there and being so taken.

I can’t wait to perform on my home turf.

What are the challenges to portraying Molly and doing this show?

It’s a lot of responsibility. She tells the story of having everything she ever wanted and having everything taken away. And she’s lost. She experiences a deep depression, until one day, she sees the sun rise. For anyone who’s ever been depressed or experienced loss, it’s so universally relocatable.

How have you grown with this role over the times?

I don’t play Molly every show, but I have been able to do this show a number of times. You have grow and figure out what Molly really is as a character and how her relationship with Sam is defined.

What can they expect from this performance?

They can expect to see the same story as the movie, as well as a bunch of pop-rock songs and a lot of energy. It’s a story of love and loss. It’s a suspenseful, thrilling plot.

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