In keeping with the season of Halloween, the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center will be offering “Ghost Light Tours” as part of the Bankhead Theater Open House on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 10:30 a.m. to noon.
Every theater has a Ghost Light, typically a bare light bulb mounted on a stand set in the center of the stage and always lit when the theater is not in use. While the practical purpose of the light is to prevent potential accidents with set pieces, the myth of the ghost light goes far beyond the obvious. Given the naturally dramatic bent of theatrical people, perhaps it is no surprise that longstanding theater tradition says that the light is there for the ghosts. Some say the light scares off ghosts who might play tricks; others say the light serves as a welcome for late-night ghostly performers.
The Bankhead “Ghost Light Tours” will include the usual front of house, stage, backstage and dressing room areas, but for this event only, tour guides will also take visitors below and under the stage.
The Open House is free and open to the public. In addition to the Ghost Light Tours, there will be light refreshments and the opportunity to enter to win in a free raffle for prizes such as wine, tickets and concession vouchers. Everyone will be welcome to take part in creating a community ghost story about Tallulah, the ghost of the Bankhead Theater. For those looking to get ready for Halloween or other theatrical opportunities, a collection of used costumes and other theatrical supplies will be on sale in the lobby during the event.
The Bankhead Theater is located at 2400 First St., Livermore.