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Theatre Superstitions: Whistling

Whistling on stage is bad luck!

Original stage crews were hired from ships that were in port and coded whistles were used to communicate scene changes etc. Random whistling could confuse the stage crew into changing the set or have the unfortunate result of a sandbag being dropped on the actor. Although today cues are given via intercom or other signaling methods, it is still considered unlucky to whistle backstage, or clap for that matter.

One way to void the curse of whistling is to run around the theatre three times and knock on the door to be let back in (that seems to be the cure for most theatre curses).

So, if you are ever on or back stage remember this tale to avoid having to run around the theatre in the dead of winter.

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Rosanne Cash on MPR

Take a listen, and then come hear Rosanne perform songs from her 3 time Grammy winning album, The River and the Thread, celebrating the American South at the Sheldon Theatre of Performing Arts on Sunday, November 13 at 3:00 p.m. Read More »

In 'Test Pilot,' a sister takes wing with the Wright brothers

MPR's "All Things Considered" takes an in-depth look at the making and the meanings of next weekend's Sheldon event - Test Pilot, showing Saturday October 29 at 7:30 p.m. Read More »

TCL In Your Town: Sheldon Theatre

The Sheldon Theatre on Twin Cities Live! Read More »

Pardon our dust as we build toward the future…

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