Interview – Carolyn Maitland – Ghost On Tour

Interview – Carolyn Maitland – Ghost On Tour
Carolyn Maitland

Hi Carolyn,

Thank you so much for letting me interview you about your current role in Ghost The Musical, playing leading female role, Molly Jensen.

[pullquote width=”300″ float=”left”]No problem :)[/pullquote]

To start off What interested you in working with Bill Kenwright’s production of Ghost the Musical, With the Orchard Theatre for this project?
And Had you seen any of his previous work?

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1st off it’s a really lovely part, so when I got the opportunity to audition I jumped at the chance.
I had never seen BKL’s production of Ghost but I had seen the original west end production & the film.
But I have worked on a Bill Kenwright production, Jekyll & Hyde with the lovely Marti Pellow 🙂

With such an Iconic film played by Demi Moore, how do you feel you portrayed Molly?

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Hopefully with integrity & truthfulness! I’m only just starting my 3rd week as Molly here in Torquay, Devon.
So I still have many exciting months ahead of me to find lots of layers & colour to add into my interpretation.[/pullquote]

What drew you to becoming an actor and theatre plays?

[pullquote width=”600″ float=”left”]In the very beginning it was the feeling I got from being around music & from dancing. And as my career progressed my passion grew from being around more experienced actors & falling in love with the feeling I’d get loosing myself in a part. And a great singing teacher who opened my eyes to so much.[/pullquote]

Who have you been inspired by in your acting career, and why?

[pullquote width=”600″ float=”left”]No one person, as I mentioned above my peers inspire me, a special singing teacher , also performances I would see on stage & in film.[/pullquote]

What part in all of your stage preformences have you enjoyed the most?

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No one performance as there are elements from each that I have loved differently. Ellen in Miss Saigon really touched my heart & really stoked my passion for acting.
Kate&Lillie in Kiss Me Kate was enormous fun, such a versatile part to play…yelling, laughing, fighting, singing! Legally blonde had so many different characters & cameos to enjoy…..all of them in different ways.

How do you prepare so that you’ll bring the right amount of realism and emotion to a scene?

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Really listening to the script does most of the work for me, trusting the words & letting my self go with what I’m feeling.
From time to time, I need an extra lift or emotional connection in which case I refer to memories & my life experiences & use them to enhance my connection to the character.[/pullquote]

When playing emotional roles, how do you stop yourself from getting carried away into the part your playing?

[pullquote width=”600″ float=”left”]Haha! Sometimes with great difficulty, but that’s a big part of my love for theatre. I find I can never predict how emotional each different performance will be. And sometimes when you are over come with emotion the battle to control it adds an extra layer to that character. I find it very exciting :)[/pullquote]

How did you feel about getting close to other co-stars ? And how do you make it look like a real love scene?

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This sounds like a contraction to making it real, but it works for me to not overthink it….and just go with the flow.
If you think about convincing people you’re in love I feel it gets a little forced.

We all know people get nervous before a show, what are your top tips for handling the nerves?

[pullquote width=”600″ float=”left”]Slow deep breathing is pretty helpful x[/pullquote]

So you have played many roles, from Molly Jensen in ghost musical, Sally Bowles in Cabaret, to name a couple so what’s next, any up and coming shows to look out for?

[pullquote width=”600″ float=”left”]Who knows? Watch this space :)[/pullquote]

What would be the ultimate part that you would love to have a chance to play and why?

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Anything which will challenge me!
Like many I’d love to open my umbrella & fly over an auditorium with a spoonful of sugar.
But I’m happy as long as I’m pushing myself!

And finally if you were to give to someone the best advice about wanting to perform on stage, what would it be?

[pullquote width=”600″ float=”left”]Above everything….”Enjoy it”[/pullquote]

Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions,

I wish you well in your future roles and look forward to seeing more performances from you !  

Best wishes





  1. 1st February 2017 / 1:10 PM

    Ghost is one of my favourite films so I’d love to see this x

  2. 1st February 2017 / 2:14 PM

    Ghost was an absolutely amazing film! I’m definitely gonna have to set some time aside to go and see this!

  3. 1st February 2017 / 2:36 PM

    I absolutely love the film, but im not sure how I feel about this x

  4. Lynne Harper
    1st February 2017 / 5:05 PM

    Ghost is and always will remain up there in my favourite film list. I adored every part of it 🙂 I really want to see this now 🙂 x

  5. 1st February 2017 / 5:26 PM

    Ghost is such a wonderful film and it would be great fun to see how it is adapted for a stage production. It was nice to get some insight into the actress playing Molly, thank you for the interview.

  6. 1st February 2017 / 5:30 PM

    This is a great interview, i’ve never seen Ghost the musical. Haven’t even seen the movie x

  7. 1st February 2017 / 6:58 PM

    I’ve never seen Ghost, but I know the movie is iconic. It was a great interview though! She seems down-to-earth!

  8. 1st February 2017 / 8:35 PM

    She seems so lovely and I like that she is so open and honest.Ghost is such an iconic script, loved the film, really want to see the musical!

  9. 1st February 2017 / 10:36 PM

    A very interesting interview! I love the film, so am now curious about the musical x

  10. 2nd February 2017 / 9:37 AM

    wow its a great classic to try and compare to or be compared with , i look forward to seeing this x

  11. 2nd February 2017 / 9:38 AM

    I’ve seen Ghost when it played in London and it was such a great show. Lovely interview x

  12. 2nd February 2017 / 10:59 AM

    Ghost is such an amazing and iconic film! I would love to see in on stage!

  13. Jemma
    2nd February 2017 / 11:25 AM

    I would love to see Ghost on the stage. I bet it’s awesome.

  14. 2nd February 2017 / 11:51 AM

    I have never heard of Ghost the movie nor the show on stage. It sounds very interesting x

  15. 2nd February 2017 / 1:54 PM

    oh now I adored the film and of all time it has to be on top 5 favourite list so I so need to go and see this

  16. 2nd February 2017 / 10:43 PM

    I have to admit, this does seem very intriguing. Will need to look into it more

  17. 3rd February 2017 / 11:08 AM

    Great interview, I’d love to see Ghost the Musical as I adore the film!

  18. 3rd February 2017 / 4:08 PM

    What a lovely interview, I saw Ghost in Birmingham and the lead is a great role for an actress.

  19. 3rd February 2017 / 7:08 PM

    This is a really wonderful interview. I am so glad she took time out to do the interview with you. I had no idea that they turned Ghost into a musical. That was a go to girls night movie for me in college.

  20. 4th February 2017 / 9:57 PM

    What a fab interview! I think Theatre is so interesting because no two performances will be exactly the same.

  21. Jessica McDonnell
    5th February 2017 / 9:16 AM

    This is a fantastic interview. I’d love to see Ghost the musical.

  22. 5th February 2017 / 7:37 PM

    I think working in theatre must be so much more challenging than working in film. There aren’t second takes to perfect a scene and it’s purely down to ability. What a great artist!

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