FALMOUTH'S HAUNTED HIGHFIELD THEATER
In Cape Encounters, cast and crew of the Falmouth Theatre Guild described their encounters in the Highfield Theater with a ghost named Faye: source-less piano music, the vague outline of a phantom in the back of the auditorium, empty theater seats flipping during rehearsal, and the sensation that someone is in the car with you as you drive off the property.
Bordering the nature trails leading into Falmouth's Beebe Woods, the charming antique building is a former barn with an old stone foundation, gray siding, casement windows, red doors, and a courtyard that is abuzz before and after thrice per year productions. According to some, the building is also graced by the presence of a teenage girl named Faye. According to local legend, Faye was a member of the Beebe family, who lived in the renowned Highfield Hall, near the theater, from 1878 to 1932. She fell in love with a stable hand. When the family found out, they fired Faye's lover and she killed herself. Some in the troupe feel she hanged herself in the rafters of the barn, which currently hold the lighting over the stage. Cast members have been known to hang a noose from the rafters before a production for good luck. Lynn Bergh, president and 13-year veteran of the Guild, thinks that the location of Faye's death may explain "issues" with the lighting during productions. Lights will mysteriously go off during shows and troupe members have been known to carry on productions in the dark. For many cast members, the most memorable light difficulties occurred during production of "No Sex Please, We're British." The lights in the rehearsal would always flicker during the opening scene.