Long before the ghost of Hamlet’s father haunted Shakespeare’s stage, spirits of the dead began a close relationship with the theatre. The attraction still continues. Yet, theatrical ghosts are not limited to those made of greasepaint and gauze. A peculiar percentage of theatres report actual phantoms lurking amid their balconies, greenrooms, catwalks, lobbies and so forth.
In fact several volunteers at the Town and Gown Theatre have reported having experiences that are difficult to attribute to, say, the wind or an echo. These volunteers are both skeptics and believers in regard to ghosts. The sheer number of their reports is, well, unsettling.
In the greenroom, there’s a door leading into the lobby and it swings slowly open sometimes. On occasion, it’s simply a person entering. On other occasions, nary a soul appears behind the door. It’s the latter times when the actors relieve their anxiety by joking about the theatre ghost, since no gusts of air from other doors or from people passing by can account for the phenomenon.
The purpose of these stories is not to argue that our black box theatre is a locale for supernatural phenomenon. Rather, we only present the stories told by our members, show areas of the theatre that seem to be focal points of paranormal activity, and offer theories and a bit of evidence regarding the eerie events here. We merely ask the question: does the Town and Gown Theatre have a GHOST?
You are invited -- or should I say dared? -- to hunt down the answer in the following pages.
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