Lake Havasu’s live theater, GraceArts Live, has its very own ghost light. It’s a stage light that some believe is akin to the eerie supernatural happenings associated with the London Bridge. It’s a Broadway tradition kept alive right on McCulloch Blvd.
A tradition almost as old as Broadway is the ghost light, an electric light that is left energized on the stage of a theater when the theater is unoccupied and would otherwise be completely dark. A popular theatrical superstition holds that every theater has a ghost, and some theaters have traditions to appease ghosts that reach far back into their history.
It’s just one way GraceArts Live, main street’s performing arts theatre, is keeping Broadway alive for thousands of visitors seeking top level entertainment 2,500 miles from the Great White Way.
Founder Grace Ann Etcheberria-Jacobs established GraceArts Live in a movie theater that was renovated in 2007 with 220 seats. Today she produces 15 shows a year, including some Broadway classics, and performances just for children – all staffed by volunteers. A trained actor herself since the age of 13, a drama teacher, and a graduate of USIU-San Diego-School of Visual & Performing Arts, Grace has been known to tread the boards herself, as she did recently playing Momma in Gypsy. Two of her star drama students were Vanessa Hudgens, who recently played the lead in a live broadcast of Grease, and American singer, songwriter and stage actor Adam Lambert.
Coming in February is Kiss Me, Kate, a musical written by Samuel and Bella Spewack with music and lyrics by Cole Porter. The story involves the production of a musical version of William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew and the conflict on- and off-stage between Fred Graham, the show’s director, producer, and star, and his leading lady, his ex-wife Lilli Vanessi. It ran for more than 1,000 performances on Broadway and in 1949 won the first Tony Award presented for Best Musical.
GraceArts Live is located at 2146 McCulloch Boulevard, right beside Schlotzkys Deli. In fact, sometimes you’ll see actors hanging out there waiting for their cues. Don’t worry. They’re real. Or at least we think they are.
Learn more at www.graceartslive.com, or call 928-505-2787. Tickets range from $12 to $25.