Diana (Di) Schmidt has been acting since elementary school when she played the part of Cinderella in her sixth grade musical. She acted through high school and in college. She also balanced a competitive career as a gymnast and appeared in numerous dance shows, and competed on a country-western dance team.
After moving to Lake County, she joined the Lake County Theater Company performing in Legerdemain, Nunsense, Cinderella, The Dastardly Doctor Devereaux, A Christmas Carol, The Odd Couple (female version), Miracle on 34th Street, Peter Pan, and Spamalot, to name a few.
But her favorite part so far was playing Nurse Ratched in One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest - “I got to be really nasty for that character,” she says. For six years she co-directed, co-choreographed, and performed in the annual “Celebrity Lip Sync” show, has choreographed and danced in the “A Night at the Speakeasy”, and performs with “Murder Us Productions” and “Shakespeare at the Lake.”
In her spare time she helps the Lake County Chamber of Commerce with events such as Oktoberfest-Lakeport, Sea Plane Splash-In, and Stars of Lake County.