Theatre’s Own “Margo”

Amy Pham

A door slams, and students flinch. Many start whispering the name “Margo,” in suspense.  Most students have heard of Margo, the alleged school ghost who haunts the auditorium. However, most students haven’t seen Margo or know much about her, aside from rumors. The situation started when theater was competing at the Granville Arts Center in 1997. While at the rehearsal, theatre teacher Nancy Gibson noticed a photo of a girl who was not a part of the crew.

“We were jokingly saying that it was a ghost that was with us,” Gibson said.

At that moment, Gibson asked what the ghost’s name was.

“At the same time, three of us said the word ‘Margo’ so that’s how we decided what her name was, and she was here ever since,” Gibson said.

The students suspect that Margo is still here.

“Something might happen, and they blame Margo, or a door might shut, or some people have seen arms and things,” Gibson said.

Gibson believes that Margo followed the theatre group back to North because of an attraction.

“She used to follow a boy around, and when he’d walk through rooms, the doors would shut,” Gibson said. “We thought she had a crush on him.”

Three years ago after an extended rehearsal and all the students were sent home, theatre teacher Michael Abrams saw Margo.

“I poked my head out and I saw a really pale, freckly arm,” Abrams said. “I walked over there and opened the curtain, and there was no one there. The door was locked.”

There have also been consequences for students who have claimed to not believe in Margo, according to Gibson.

“’There was a boy goofing off on stage, saying, ‘I don’t believe in Margo,’ and when he said that, one of the set pieces fell off and came crashing down next to him,” Gibson said. “He believed after that.”

When theatre was performing “The Little Mermaid” three years ago, senior Ashley Mitchell witnessed an alumni yell out that he did not believe in Margo.

“Suddenly we heard this cracking noise, and this ship just fell off the stage,” Mitchell said. “It almost hit all of the actors on stage, including myself.”

Although some students are convinced Margo is the source of these events, she has not disturbed students in a harming way.

“I think it’s just a fun, goofy thing we can have in theatre,” Gibson said. “Again, if something goes wrong, it’s nice not to take the blame ourselves but blame someone else, so Margo’s the blame.”