NEW CASTLE —
Not all of the spirited performances at the New Castle Playhouse may come from actors.
Some may actually be spirits.
At least, that’s what the East Hills Paranormal team from Allegheny County hoped to find out this week when they searched the playhouse for signs of ghostly activity.
“We look for orbs, we look for mist in pictures,” team member Fred Borerman explained. “We look for smells, shadows; anything out of the ordinary.”
The crew uses cameras, EVP (electronic voice phenomenon) recorders, heat sensor guns to search for sudden changes in temperature and a voltage meter to pick up energy given off by a spirit.
The team chose to investigate the playhouse after hearing a few of the stories surrounding the building’s possibly haunted heritage.
Vaughn Hudspath, a member of the playhouse board of directors, has had his share of strange experiences while serving as wardrobe master. While on the third floor, he has noticed extreme temperature changes and found costumes off the rack, falling with no cause.
The strangest thing he recalls is a sign on a spotlight window, of which no one knows the origins.
“It says, ‘Keep this closed’. (It’s rumored that) if you open it, you’ll see something walk across the stage.”
Other groups have investigated the playhouse before East Hills Paranormal, and come up with what they believe is proof of ghostly inhabitants.
Peggy Hanna, a volunteer at the playhouse, said that a previous group made an interesting discovery on the second floor of the playhouse, which used to be an apartment.
“The one group did get a recording on the second floor ... they picked up this EVP of a woman saying ‘I have a knife.’ ”
Rumors of a haunting have surrounded the New Castle Playhouse for several years. On Tuesday, East Hills Paranormal Team investigated the theater for possible ghost activity. This video shows the team’s exploration of the playhouse and features Peggy Hanna, a playhouse volunteer, sharing stories of previous ghostly encounters.