A ghost light is an electric light that is left energized on the stage of a theater when the theater is unoccupied and would otherwise be completely dark. It typically consists of an exposed incandescent bulb, CFL lamp, or LED lamp mounted in a wire cage on a portable light stand.
The practical use of a ghost light is mainly for safety. A ghost light enables one to navigate the theater to find the lighting control console and to avoid accidents such as falling into the orchestra pit and stepping on or tripping over set pieces. Aside from its obvious practical purpose, there are a number of superstitions associated with the origin and purpose of ghost lights.
While we have had to keep our ghost light on for much longer than expected, we know it will one day be replaced with a wash of stage lights. We are still awaiting direction from the State of Ohio as to when performance theatres can resume with a clear safety plan to keep our actors, crew, volunteers, and patrons safe. As soon as we know those directions, you’ll be the next to know.
However, one of the things we have decided is to open our first show of the 2020-2021 season with the last show we were unable to bring you in the 2019-2020 season, Mornings At Seven by Paul Osborn. So, stay with us while the ghost light is left on to keep us all safe.