We can’t wait for Noises Off to open here at KCT! With all of the zany, backstage antics the show highlights, we thought it would be fun to share some behind-the-scenes trivia about Theatre across the globe – and the centuries!
1. A Spirited Reservation
The Palace Theatre in London, England Keeps two seats permanently bolted open for the theatre ghosts to sit in.
2. A Whole New World…of Costumes!
Walt Disney World in Florida stores more than 1.2 million costumes in its theatrical wardrobes.
3. No whistling!
The superstition that whistling onstage is bad luck originated in the 1600s when sailors were hired to run the fly systems backstage. Their skills with rigging, knots, and rope made them perfect for the job – but they communicated via whistling. Anyone else whistling onstage could result in early or missed cues, and even injury.
4. How well do you know Broadway?
Ever wonder what “off-Broadway” actually means? It’s not all about location! Broadway theatres in New York City have 500 seats, off-Broadway have 100-499 seats, off-off-Broadway have less than 100 seats.
5. A Famous Emergency Understudy
William Shakespeare was once forced to take over the role of Lady Macbeth when the original boy playing her, Hal Berridge, died suddenly.