Actress discusses play, performing

Jamie Bennett
Staff Writer

“Little Shop of Horrors” opened this week in the Trojan Center Theatre, and Taylor Morgan, a senior communication major from Slapout, took the stage as Audrey.
“It didn’t feel like it was real,” Morgan said when asked about her casting as the female lead. “It had been rumored that we were going to do ‘Little Shop’ for a while, and I knew I wanted to be Audrey.
“My friend called me and told me that they’d posted the cast list, and I told her to read it to me. When she told me I got Audrey, I sat down on the curb outside Trojan Village in shock.”
Morgan talked about rehearsals after the cast was selected.
“We’d been in rehearsals for about five weeks before the show started,” she said. “It was really fast-paced, because we didn’t have a lot of time.
“It was a lot of out-of-rehearsal work. I spent a lot of time with Audrey, and worked on who she was, outside of rehearsal time.”
When asked about her experiences working with the other cast members, Morgan said, “They’re all amazing. We’re all good friends.
“It was really awesome bonding with the freshmen that were cast for the mainstage. There’s never a dull moment with this group of people. It’s just a big group of friends doing something we all love.”
Morgan expressed her appreciation for the theater program and Troy itself.
“People don’t normally look at Troy as a theater school,” she said. “But there’s some really amazing things going on, really talented people and really good professors that put their heart and souls into helping us achieve our dreams.”
When asked if there was anything more that she would like to say about her experience working with the Troy theater department, Morgan said, “It is absolutely more than I could have imagined.”
Little Shop of Horrors will continue to run until Sunday, with showings on Oct. 16 and 17 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 19 at 2:30 p.m.
Tickets are sold out, but if you arrive 15 minutes before a show, you may find that a seat is availble.

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