HAUNTING OF THE
WOODSTOCK OPERA HOUSE
LONGEST LIST OF THE LONGEST STUFF AT THE LONGEST DOMAIN NAME AT LONG
The haunting of the Woodstock Opera House.
If you’re ever in the
community of Woodstock, Illinois, you might want to check out one of
their town’s landmarks – the Woodstock Opera House. And you should
be sure to make this a trip on your stop even if you’re not a big
The theater is over 100 years old and
is constructed in a way that is true to the design of those times.
It’s a beautiful building with four interior stories and a beautiful
belfry that stands for another foot and a half to make up its 5.5’
height. Not only have audiences been coming here for generations to
watch the exciting and theatrical shows put on here, but famous
performers have also stepped onto this stage. Geraldine Paige, Paul
Newman, and Betsy Palmer are just a few of the names that are highly
recognized and have graced the Woodstock Opera House with their
performances. But there’s another presence here that is not only
there to stay, but that also has very serious effects on those who
try to take her place.
The spirit is known as Elvira and was
said to be a beautiful slim girl that had blonde hair that went down
to her waist. When she is seen around the opera house now, she is
said to be wearing a “filmy dancing gown.” This young girl is said
to have tried out for a part that she desperately wanted back in the
early 1900s. When she didn’t get the part, she ran up the winding
staircase that led to the belfry. When she reached the top, she
flung herself off, falling five and a half stories to her death.
Elvira is said to do different things
around the Woodstock Opera House. Not only does she move various
props and things around the stage but she’ll also do minor things to
the set such as unscrew bolts so that pieces of furniture and things
fall apart when they are onstage. But Elvira also has some more
serious affects on some of those who frequent the opera house. It’s
been said that on some occasions, Elvira has influenced other young
actresses while they are onstage. While they are under Elvira’s
influence, these actresses have been said to walk up the staircase
to the belfry. These same legends also say that no one has been hurt
as they’ve always been stopped before reaching the top. But still,
people tend to keep a close eye on the actresses onstage.
Elvira’s favorite seat in the theater
is DD113 and she often likes to take to this seat. While the seats
in the theater are spring-loaded and so, can only be placed down
when something is sitting on them, DD113 will often be seen in the
down position while rehearsal is taking place. Those that work in
the theater know this to be by now as Elvira taking in a show. The
seat is always checked after the show is finished, and the seat of
DD113 will pop back up just like the rest of the seats in the
theater. It’s also said that whenever an actor onstage misses a
line, or is not on cue, that an exasperated sigh coming from DD113.
Apparently Elvira thinks that she can do much better!
The Woodstock Opera House