Theater Superstition # 4

A lit bare bulb ghost lamp on a stage

Turn on the ghost light before leaving the theatre.

When you enter a darkened theatre, there are many potential pitfalls, such as open trap doors and orchestra pits to fall into, scenery to walk into, props and furniture to fall over. The ghost light remains turned on in the center of the stage when all other lights have been turned out. It’s merely a matter of practical safety. Or is it? The lore of almost every theatre usually involves a few theatre ghosts who haunt the place. Many thespians believe the ghost light wards off these spirits, while others believe they are there to give the spectral divas a lighted area to perform in. Whether it is for safety or for actual ghosts, I think we are all grateful its glow keeps us from having accidents and turning into freshly minted theatre ghosts ourselves.