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Saturday, January 6, 2018

Saturday Stage Ghost Superstition

Saturday Stage  Ghost Superstition

Everyone is familiar with the idea that ghosts like to haunt theaters. No matter what stage you perform on, ask about its local ghost and you’ll  undoubtedly hear a story or two. But why is this the case? What is there about a theater that makes it a preferred habitat for ghosts?

There is a specific ghost, Thespis, who is said to cause havoc in any theater. The first person to speak lines as an individual actor onstage was Thespis, of Athens (this is where the term “thespian” comes from), and so, lacking any other likely candidate, any unexplained mischief in a theater is attributed to the ghost of Thespis.

Some believe that all theaters should go dark one night a week to give the resident ghost or ghosts unfettered access to the premises. Traditionally this night is a Monday, which also allows performers a much needed night off. Hmmm. Wonder how this superstition evolved…?

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Superstition #106:
“ A ghost called Thespis is said to haunt theaters.”

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“Now I know what a ghost is. Unfinished business, that's what.”
Salman Rushdie

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