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  • Courtesy Christopher J. Murphy and Morgan Schmitt star in "The Canterville Ghost," which Youtheatre puts on this weekend.

Thursday, October 05, 2017 10:40 am

Spotlight: Morgan Schmitt, 'Canterville Ghost'

COREY MCMAKEN | The Journal Gazette

If you go

What: "The Canterville Ghost"

When: 8 p.m. Friday, 4 p.m. Saturday and 2 and 4 p.m. Sunday

Where: Auer Center, 300 E. Main St.

Admission: $18 adults, $12 seniors and children 18 and younger; $12 each for a group of 10 or more; FortWayneYoutheatre.org

This weekend, Fort Wayne Youtheatre transforms the Auer Center for Arts and Culture into a spooky mansion for its performances of Oscar Wilde's "The Canterville Ghost."

Areas of the building, including the Black Box Theatre and Artlink will become parts of the haunted house as members of the audience go from room to room.

Northrop freshman Morgan Schmitt, 14, stars as Virginia. Christopher J. Murphy is the ghost she befriends as Leslie Hormann directs.

Schmitt answered some questions via email. Responses have been edited.

Q. What inspired your interest in theater?

A. What really inspired my interest in the theater is the confidence that the actors had. I am a really shy person and when I step out onto the stage I can totally lose myself in my character, I can just escape. Not to mention the wonderful family that each cast becomes, there is absolutely no judgment, when I am at rehearsal I am at my best and happiest.

Q. Outside of rehearsals, have you done anything to prepare for the show?

A. To prepare for a show, usually I read the scenes that I am in over and over, then I have wonderful friends such as Maddy Reader who I endlessly annoy to help me run my scenes.

Q. Do you enjoy the types of scares that can be found in this production of "Canterville Ghost"?

A. I really do enjoy the scares that can be found in "Canterville Ghost," but this production definitely keeps you on your toes!

Q. Would you rather eat a small bowl of squirming, slimy worms or spend an entire dark and stormy night in a creepy house?

A. I would definitely eat a small bowl of squirming, slimy worms becase I could never handle the whole night alone.

Q. What are you learning from this production that will help you next time? Anything that will carry over into other areas of your life?

A. During the course of this show I have definitely learned a lot about acting but also things I can use in life such as patience, and to never judge a book by its cover.

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