The Ghostlight from Altman serves both a practical and a traditional role in theatre. On the practical side, a Ghostlight is the single light left burning onstage when the theatre is closed so that anyone coming into the theatre can see the set, the edge of the stage, or any potential obstacles or dangers. On the traditional side, theatre superstitions vary, but most say that the Ghostlight keeps the good ghosts of past productions in the theatre. If a theatre was to be completely dark, these beneficial ghosts would leave the space. Another version is that if the ghost thinks the theatre has been abandoned they would cause accidents to happen on the stage.
The Behind the Scenes Ghostlight comes with the protective basket and base assembly finished in Behind the Scenes Purple. The stand and locking three-wheeled base are finished in black enamel. The unit is furnished with a 15' 12/3 SJ cable with a parallel blade and ground connector, cable hook, and a medium Edison socket.
Proceeds from the Ghostlight go to support the Behind the Scenes Charity which aids theater employees when they are injured or ill.