The Ghost in the First Row Created by Gertrude Chandler Warner
The Alden children are helping out at a local theater. The actors are quite skilled for a small production. One of the actresses speaks of a ghost in the theater. As things progress, there are strange happenings in the theater. A hat ends up where a hat should not be. They all wonder if it’s a ghost, or if it’s something else. The Aldens will find out though.
What I liked
For some reason, theater is surrounded by ghosts. You don’t have to believe in ghosts for this statement to be true. There are lots of ghost stories surrounding theater. If you go to any theater of any age, there are probably rumors that it’s haunted, or stories people have about strange things happening to them. Tragedy often follows theater and there have been those instances where people have taken their lives in theaters and some stay they stick around for many more performances, even after they’re long dead. Maybe it’s all the emotion in a theater that causes ghost stories. Maybe it’s the long hours rehearsing and three times running through an entire play in one night.
With all this said, I do like the idea that the Aldens poked at the tradition of ghosts and the theater.
What I didn’t like
Why can’t the Aldens be a little more open to the supernatural? Sure, we can be all science and whatever, but there’s still a little supernatural in our lives. Somebody we know, or love, has a ghost story, or an alien story, or a leprechaun story, or a big foot story. We just kind of accept it because we can’t explain it. We can cast doubt on it, sure, but we can’t entirely explain it away. This doesn’t mean that big foot is real out there; it just means we can’t say for sure what exactly happened to our friend, or loved one, and that’s the woo about the whole thing. I wish the Aldens would be more open to accept that strange things happen, rather than solving everything. Sometimes, you can’t solve everything and you can’t find all the answers.
That theater is probably haunted.
Have you ever done theater in a haunted theater?
Do you think it’s part of life to accept that you can’t explain everything?