“Ghostlight” to spotlight supernatural

posted by michaeltoddcohen on May 22, 2008 at 4:57 am

NEW YORK, NY — After shooting the pilot episode at the historic former Repertory Theatre of Boston (Boston University Theatre) in January, ‘Project Ghostlight’ is ready for the spotlight. The series created by SchoonerScout productions explores the lost history of America’s theatres. Legend, lore, and the lure of the supernatural set the stage for a haunting experience.

See the video on YouTube for a preview.

“Ghostlight" plans to venture across the US in search of stories told in the dark wings of old theatre houses.

“Every theatre has a story to tell, every actor is dying to tell it, and we want to be there when the spirits are stirred up by the tale," said Steve Maihack and Michael Todd Cohen, the show’s creators and hosts.

More than just a history lesson, “Ghostlight" includes an overnight stay in the darkened theatre for three up-and-coming actors, calling out the spirits of the theatre just outside the glow of the footlights. Episode stars: Ryan Serhant from As The World Turns, Stephanie Carey from The Education of Max Bickford, and Allie Schulz- a finalist on Grease: You’re the One That I Want. It’s narrated by veteran actor Philip Bosco ("Damages" on FX).

“Ghostlight" offers a promising new view on theatres of old in the United States, unveiling centuries of buried stories by illuminating the ghosts of America’s stage.

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BobFurmanek
BobFurmanek on May 22, 2008 at 7:56 am

They need to check out the northern stairwell to the upper balcony at the Loew’s Jersey. It’s never used and some people have had creepy experiences there. Once, during a late night film shoot, one of the production staff came running down screaming. She had been sitting on one of the steps off the balcony foyer taking a nap, and felt something touch her shoulder.

Willy, the man who worked at the theater from the day it opened to when it closed, was VERY much in favor of the theaters demolition when Hartz Mountain acquired it in the late 1980’s. He even came to City Council meetings and spoke out against saving it. (His memories of the theaters glory days were diminished in the 70’s and 80’s. He was mugged by some thugs in the upper balcony.)

Willie died in the mid-nineties. Perhaps some part of his being still walks that spooky northern corridor…

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