Dan and Gary had heard dozens of ghost stories from Falmouth Theatre Guild members during the the research for Cape Encounters, so it wasn't much of a surprise for them to find out during Cyril's shoot that Guild president Lynn Bergh had her own set of encounters. Lynn described how Faye often steals her makeup pencils. "They go missing from the dressing room and then I find them behind the theater. She does that all the time. She's like a typical teenager who experiments with makeup."
Other actors have reported seeing Faye in the dressing room mirror. Perhaps the most puzzling backstage encounter occurred one brutally cold February afternoon. Longtime Guild member Vicki Engstrom was alone in the theater, and there appeared to be no one next door at the Beebe Woods Facility for the Cape Cod Conservatory. No other cars were in the parking lot. Vicki was in the dressing room sewing costumes when she started hearing music. It sounded like it was in the background, like a pianist playing in a nightclub. She called out, "Hello, I'm up here!" Nobody responded. She went down the stairs, across the stage, and out the stage door entrance and found nobody. Returning to the dressing room, she heard the sound again. She opened the dressing room's exit door and looked back and saw no one. It unnerved her enough that she decided to go home.
But as is conveyed so poignantly in Cape Encounters, the theatre is indeed home for the actors and crew who volunteer and for the surrounding community. As the stories unfold, Dan and Gary capture the idea that haunted settings can also be pulsating with life. Many of the interviewees describe in their own words their deep affection for their haunted home or workplace. Part of the charm of this wonderfully entertaining book is that it captures the soul of the living as well as the souls of the dead.