Clague Playhouse

Clague Playhouse occupies what was once a barn on the property of Walter Clague. When he retired he donated the 78-acre farm he and his sister inherited to the village of Westlake with the stipulation that the two of them be allowed to live the rest of their lives there. He also made it clear that he wanted the farm buildings preserved as they were. The village accepted his offer and turned the farm into a park, but after he died they ignored his wishes and gave a long-term lease on the barn to a local theater troupe. Their first performance, Sunday in New York, was in 1967.

Despite the total lack of respect for his wishes, Walter's ghost has been a benevolent presence at the Playhouse. He's easily recognized by staff and performers with his balding pate, fringe of white hair, and scraggly beard. Many theaters have their resident ghosts, but Walter is particularly bold in that he has been known to materialize during performances, usually at one side of the stage. Otherwise he's known for making strange noises, misplacing objects, and throwing things around. He once left noises on a sound effects tape. His activities usually increase after a major change or renovation.



Dziama, Doug and Jennifer Dziama Teed Ghosts of the North Coast. Gettysburg, PA: Second Chance Publications, 2013. pp. 21-26.