Theater people are superstitious. In fact they’re so superstitious that many traditions — like never saying “Macbeth” in a theater or “good luck” before a show — are firmly cemented as part of the drama culture. Not surprisingly, it’s rare to find an old theater that doesn’t have a ghost story or two associated with it. Huntington Beach High School’s historic theater is haunted by a ghost named George.
Students of the school’s Academy of Performing Arts have dealt with this mischievous specter for decades. “We’ve had some weird instances here,” the program’s technical director, Joe Batte said.
According to legend, George was a student who auditioned for the role of Romeo in Shakespeare’s famous tragedy. He wasn’t cast, but his girlfriend, who auditioned for Juliet, did get the part. Over the course of rehearsals, George’s girlfriend fell for the boy playing Romeo.