A spirit of a jovial manager keeps busy, and amuses itself.
Spirits who are here for a variety of reasons saved a human life.
On their website, The Sacramento Theatre Company states their purpose: “The Sacramento Theatre Company (STC) strives to be a leader in integrating professional theatre with theatre arts education. STC produces engaging professional theatre, provides exceptional theatre training, and uses theatre as a tool for educational engagement.”
The Sacramento Theatre Company building, built in 1949, has been renovated while keeping some of the original features. It has three venues for plays and events.
The Sacramento Theatre Company’s Main Stage Theatre is in a well-constructed proscenium auditorium with outstanding acoustics, and two aisles, that seat an audience of 292 people. Each seat in the theater’s three sections, offers a clear view of the stage; as if everyone present is sitting in the front row for the theatre production. This feature has made this theater a popular place to see shows throughout the years of its existence.
The 2003-’06 renovation projects remodeled this part of the theater to make it better for all concerned. The dressing rooms for the Main Stage Theatre were expanded and remodeled, and a laundry facility was also added; a much needed and appreciated addition to the building. Also, the lobby of The Main Stage Theatre was expanded to be more spacious, to accomplish two main goals: make room for a bigger and better food and beverage area, and to create another opportunity to showcase thespian and musical endeavors.
The improved refreshment area can now serve a variety of beers and wines, as well as upscale snacks, such as cheeses, and desserts, to be enjoyed before or after a show on the Main Stage, or during a show on the Cabaret Stage, sitting at “candle-lit tables” set up in the Cabaret Stage area also found in the Main Stage Lobby. All enjoy these “light, upscale appetizers and sweets,” that taste so good with wines and beers!
The Cabaret Stage is used for special performances, small events and three “professionally-produced” theatrical shows in a season: during January, April, and November. This 120 seat venue has an “intimate and relaxing atmosphere.” It opened in 2007, after the completion of the renovation, to great enthusiasm, as the shows performed in this space have consistently been sold out.
Sacramento Theatre Company also has what is called a black box theatre, known as the Pollock Stage; a smaller space that seats eighty-five people. Because there are only three rows of seating, with two aisles, audience members enjoy the “feeling of complete immersion” into the mood, environment, and the thespian efforts depicting their roles in productions offered on this stage.
The renovations made to the Sacramento Theatre Company building supports, very nicely, the educational goals of this organization, as well as their ability to offer different types of theatre and provide a more viable space for different activities and events.
One such educational and developmental group for aspiring thespians is their The Young Professionals Conservatory (YPC). The Young Professionals Conservatory (YPC) is described on their website as being “a rigorous, ten month training program for students ages twelve through eighteen who are interested in pursuing careers in professional theatre. YPC includes weekly master classes with renowned theatre artists, a season of four shows, and the opportunity to audition for age-appropriate roles in STC Main Stage productions.”
Students participate in three shows performed on the Pollock Stage. The students can also try out for age-appropriate roles in plays for the Main Stage productions and for the various regional performances. Many students participate in open mic nights, and go on the national tours that are scheduled through the year.
The beginnings of theatre arts in Sacramento began in 1849, with the building of the small Eagle Theatre, a replica that can be found now in old town Sacramento near the train station. The Eagle Theatre offered a variety of entertainment for the rough and rowdy gold rush folks and the pioneer settlers alike. The original little building eventually was destroyed by flood waters. Jump nearly a hundred years in the future, to the year, 1942. The desire to entertain the troops that were stationed in Sacramento and/or on their way to the South Pacific inspired another thespian endeavor; an ad hoc troupe that toured the various military bases to great acclaim!
This ad hoc troupe of thespians who were greatly encouraged by this success, formed The Sacramento Civic Repertory Company, who made it a goal to move into their own building, to establish a non-profit community theatre. In just seven years, on October 18, 1949, they celebrated the opening of The Eaglet Theatre, a community theatre that was named in honor of the first Eagle Theatre. They enjoyed the financial support of theatre enthusiasts, such as newspaper executive and heiress Eleanor McClatchy. The main stage of this theatre was originally called the McClatchy Stage in honor of her support.
Being well supported by both the generous contributions of benefactors, and the talented supply of actors from the community, like Tom Hanks, the Eaglet offered a strong theatre arts program for Sacramento and suburb communities. It isn’t surprising then that the non-profit Sacramento Civic Repertory Company evolved into a for-profit, professional theatre, becoming The Sacramento Theatre Company during the 1980’s; while still offering opportunities for the development of aspiring thespians, tech expertise and others gifted in writing and directing, such as playwright Richard Hellesen and director Tim Ocel.
In 2003-2006, money came together to give this much-loved place a face-lift, and the building that was home to The Sacramento Theatre Company was remodeled and renovated; being part of the H Street Theatre Complex Project. Three different performance venues were created. Besides resulting in an improved Main Stage Theatre, with larger dressing rooms and a new laundry area. A black box theatre: The Pollock Stage, and a Cabaret Stage for special performances were built as well. The renovation projects greatly improved what could be offered here for both seasoned thespians, and people yearning to develop their theatrical gifts; both on stage and back stage: writing, directing and stage work trades.
The Sacramento Theatre Company is a well-loved Sacramento establishment with people in this world and apparently with spirit people who loved this place while they lived in this world!
HISTORY OF MANIFESTATIONS
Sometimes managers or employees of theatres enjoy their jobs so much that when they pass over into the spirit world due to natural causes or die suddenly in an accident or from illness, they aren’t quite ready to leave their beloved theatre just yet and wish to watch over the place and help when they can, sometimes having some chuckles along the way.
Managers /Owners still on duty: Pinky is thought to be a manager of the theatre or perhaps one of the departments; a position of responsibility.
Male Entity known as Louie – A stage hand who died from a fall in the theatre.
Very tall male Entity – He is said to have been a helper around the theatre. It’s not sure what exactly he did, but he was there a lot it seems.
Sometimes people who so enjoyed performing in theatre or just enjoying shows as audience members sometimes choose to spend their after-life in their favorite theatre to continue to enjoy the efforts of other thespians.
Male and Female Entities of Hungarian Thespians – Had wonderful memories performing here, as well as having personal feelings for the place.
Sometimes thespians are frustrated at their success level of achievement that they had accomplished in this world. Or PERHAPS, thespians are taken out of this world before they can perform a role they had prepared for, or were planning to audition for and possibly win. These folks sometimes choose to spend their afterlife in the theatre to continue to fret and be restless, not able to let go of their disappointment just yet. They seem to get some peace watching other actors prepare to perform, and the performance itself. Or perhaps they still enjoy singing on stage, and like to pretend to perform a little themselves by borrowing props, scripts and even like to watch rehearsals as semi-critics!
At least six Spirits call this theatre their after-life residence.
Paranormal Activity Observed by the Living:
While getting ready for their performances in the dressing rooms, thespians have noticed that the show has started early in the spirit world. They have seen apparitions in their dressing room mirrors, besides Madam Modjeska’s image looking with interest at them.
The sound of foot steps are heard in the Main Stage Auditorium and the stage as well. Any of the spirits could be the walkers.
Items go missing, and/or are moved. Any of the spirits could be responsible.
A Costume Shop Manager had a frightening experience in the backstage corridor – She became aware of heavy breathing and footsteps. She kept on walking and then she heard someone whisper her name.
A Technician experienced being pulled quickly away by unseen hands and was horrified to see why this happened. Someone was trying to save his life from a falling light bar. This life-saving move could’ve been any one of them; or all of them together; or a team effort of a few. It would take a lot of energy to physically move a living person out of the way, and the ability to do so would have to be a developed skill. They would have to be good at taking energy from things around them and moving a real person quickly out of the way.
Named “Pinky” by employees of the theatre – believed to be a past manager. Its presence has been felt here for a long time.
This Spirit favors the Costume Department, and has a pink glow. She or he does go all over the theatre.
Pinky entertains herself or himself by playing with electrical items like lights. Lights have gone on and off by themselves in the Costume Room. Pinky also enjoys fiddling with the buttons on the costumes found in the Costume Room.
Pinky likes to play jokes on the living; perhaps moving items, and other pranks for chuckles.
In one source, Pinky is credited for saving the life of a technician by pulling him out of the way of a falling light bar, though another spirit could’ve helped as well, or been the actual life-saving force. It isn’t explained why some people think it was Pinky; perhaps this happened before they knew of the other spirits who stay in the theatre.
Male Entity of Louie
Stagehand, and a wanna-be actor: He died as a result of a fall from a high place like the grid or rafters or cat walk, before he could realize his dreams. He probably makes his presence known in the typical ways of entities: Cold spots, moving items, making noises, perhaps still going about his work in the theatre.
Perhaps he is really the one who saved the technician by pulling him out of the way of the falling light bar; though any or all of the spirits could have done it. However, this life-saving instance would’ve given him some peace and satisfaction because he was able to do something to save a life; SOMETHING that didn’t happen for him in his own fatal circumstance.
Footsteps have been heard walking across the main stage. Perhaps it is Louie, going about his business as usual.
Very Tall Male Entity
An employee that helped around the theatre.
Has been identified as Joe, whose favorite attire includes wearing a beret and an ascot.
His apparition is always dressed in style, not a hair out of place, perhaps still helping in his own way.
The Female Entity Opera Singer
Still yearns to perform. This opera singer likes to give performances in the theatre when it is empty of the living.
She hasn’t been seen, but her voice has been heard by many.
Female Entity of a Polish Thespian
Madame Modjeska, who wanted to become a famous actress but didn’t make the level of fame she was hoping for in her life. Her apparition is “sorely disappointed and sad.” Her upset reflection is often seen in one of the upstairs mirrors in one of the dressing rooms.
Perhaps she cheers herself up by watching actors and actresses preparing for their roles, and watching the performances for free; as a perk of staying in her favorite theatre. She must also relish the roles she did have in this theatre, and has fond memories of her performances.
Male and Female Entities of Hungarian Thespians, who were lovers:
They had met and fell in love while doing shows together at this theater. After being separated, they found each other at last in this theatre once again.
Their apparitions and their presences are made known to the thespians and other staff, and they too enjoy the productions, and the rehearsals, liking to watch the action on stage. They have been seen all over the theatre.
Most Probably So in a big way! MANY PEOPLE have had personal experiences in this building for many years.
Personal experiences of the living were backed up by some hard evidence that has been captured, though more hard evidence would be nice to see to further clarify the presences there. However, People who work and perform here, who live with these spirits on a regular basis, would rate this place with a BIG YES INDEED! Nothing like having a creepy or strong personal experience to make it quite clear that they are there!
In a 1991 psychic medium investigation, three Clairvoyants confirmed what staff and thespians had suspected. These three clairvoyants uncovered five more spirits mentioned above that weren’t known at the time. Only the entity of Pinky was known of before this revelation.
In 1994, paranormal investigators recorded unexplainable footsteps crossing the Main Stage Theatre. On October 23, 2007, Tuesday, Haunted and Paranormal Investigations International; HPI for short, conducted an investigation of The Sacramento Theatre Company. They photographed numerous infrared anomalies in the Stage 2 area.
HPI INVESTIGATORS: PICKED UP on Electronic Sound Recorders, a cheery “Hi” from a woman spirit. Picked up on several Sound Enhancers, at different times: A spirit man breathing hard and making a sighing noise, in the the actor preparation room. On other Sound Enhancers of the other investigation members: a woman’s sigh, and a man’s humming were heard. While dowsing rods aren’t always accepted as true scientific tools for investigations, the results are still interesting. Their reliability depends a lot on the skill and experience of the investigator.
According to results of using dowsing rods, two HPI members got similar/different information about Pinky, in two different sessions. One investigator learned that Pinky was a woman named Joan and she worked in the Costume Room. She died in 1963. Another investigator learned that Pinky was a female actress, in her 20s and her name started with G; a soft G sound would sound like a J.
Staff and thespians alike have had many personal experiences to report throughout the years, and so have paranormal investigators who have visited this site.
Janelle Cardoso, founder of Capital City Paranormal, talks about her experiences at The Sacramento Theatre Company. She recalls, “The investigation that will always stick with me, took place at the Sacramento Theatre Company. I had experienced everything from hearing noises, seeing things move, hearing a person walk behind me and follow me, to have a door shut right behind me with intense force. I have to say, it was the first time I was actually a little scared! HA HA!”
Pretty strong personal experiences were also reported as well during HPI’s October 23, 2007 investigation. With their own ears, some investigators heard footsteps and some heavy breathing, and saw a quick-moving shadow form. A few saw a shadow figure peeking at them.
1419 H Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
The Sacramento Theatre Company is located on the corner lot near H Street and 15th Street, part of the H Street Theatre Complex, that includes The Wells Fargo Pavilion, home of Music Circus.
- Haunted Places: The National Directory
by Dennis William Hauck
- “History” page on Sacramento Theatre Company web site
- “Sacramento Theatre Company: Meet Pinky the Ghost!” by Paul Dale Roberts on YourGhostStories.com
- “The Pollock Stage” page on Sacramento Theatre Company website
- “Group Sales” page on Sacramento Theatre Company website
- “Sacramento Secrets” by William Hauck on Haunted-Places.com
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