The Ghost Light: Jeff Daniels narrates message of hope from Ann Arbor, Detroit-area theatres

Posted at 11:14 AM, Jun 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-24 11:14:57-04

(WXYZ) — Theatres in the Detroit and Ann Arbor area released a video message of hope narrated by actor and Michigan native Jeff Daniels.

"The Ghost Light" features the solitary ghost lights that continue to shine on stages while waiting for audiences to return after auditoriums went dark amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

A centuries-old tradition, a ghost light is a single lamp that illuminates the stage when the theatre is not in use. Legend has it that the light shines to protect the actors, patrons and theatre from bad luck and ghosts.

Theatres say that In these times, ghost lights have taken on a new meaning. They are beaming a message of hope and inspiration to “Shine on Detroit!” as we as we persevere through these difficult days together.

The project was initiated and led by Broadway In Detroit.

“Our area’s professional theatres are all very different – from large to small, for-profit to non-profit, original productions to touring shows – but the element we all share right now is a light shining in the dark that represents our passion to return and our hope for the future. We wanted to share that with our fans and our community,” said Broadway in Detroit Executive Director Alan Lichtenstein