ghost light

Definition

Theater

  • A small light, traditionally mounted on a pole, that is left burning on stage when all the other lights are switched off and the theater is locked up.The usual explanation for this custom tends to be either (i) that it appeases thetheater ghost, who may otherwise begin to play tricks; or (ii) that itreflects management's ever-present fear of the theater 'going dark' (i.e. closing).The real explanation probably has more to do with safety concerns: with its ropes,traps, constantly changing scenery, and sudden drop into the pit, a completelydarkened stage would present a daunting combination of hazards to the unwary. see also taboos and superstitions.
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