Do you believe in ghost stories?
Mirvish Productions has one for you, “Ghosts of the Royal Alex,” set in the 113-year-old King Street West venue that is said to be Canada’s “most famous haunted theatre.”
But “don’t worry, the ghosts are all gentle souls, mostly performers who loved the theatre so much that they decided to make it their spiritual home,” Mirvish says.
The tale is set in 1959, when the Royal Alexandra Theatre was 52 years old and under threat from the burgeoning popularity of television and the building of a giant new theatre downtown, the O’Keefe Centre. General manager Herbie McGill also has to contend with a stage door man who claims to have heard unearthly noises on the overnight shift.
John Karastamatis, Mirvish’s director of sales and marketing, wrote the first instalment of “Ghosts,” which can be read at mirvish.com or listened to in podcast form. But where the story goes next is up to the readers and listeners, who’ll act as “ghost writers,” if you will.
Any patron whose idea is used will receive a credit and a $ 100 Mirvish gift card.
The podcast is read by actor David Mucci, who holds the record for the most performances on the Royal Alex stage. Each of the six instalments also comes with a song about a different Royal Alex ghost, written by composer Ron Jacobson, the theatre’s current general manager. The first is performed by Steffi DiDomenicantonio from “Come From Away” and the second by Broadway star Jim Walton, with more performers to be announced soon.
New instalments of “Ghosts of the Royal Alex” will be released every second Tuesday as part of Mirvish’s new e-magazine Meanwhile and wherever podcasts are available.