In '99 I was 23-years-old and had just graduated college. I wanted to become an actor so I went to all sorts of auditions, including one for a professional theatre called the Arrow Rock Lyceum. We rehearsed in a rehearsal hall for one and a half weeks and then moved to the theatre where we began technical rehearsals.
There were so many men in the show that we were put in what is traditionally the women's dressing room because it is slightly bigger. They were working on refurbishing the dressing room because of some sort of fire that had happened a few years ago. I didn't bother to ask if anyone died in the fire because I assumed it was an electrical fire.
So one day I was using the restroom and when I flushed the toilet I heard screaming. It sounds stupid, but I heard screaming. It sounded like my 8-year-old niece when she watches scary movies. I was spooked and asked one of the stagehands about it. He told me that in '94 some little girl had gotten trapped in the dressing room in a fire and haunted the theater now.
I thought he was crazy at first, but then I started seeing and hearing more things. Like, when I was onstage I looked up into the rafters and could have sworn I saw a little girl watching us. Then one night, I forgot my dorm key in the dressing room so I called the stage manager and he let me into the theatre. It was very dark and I heard singing. Cute little girl singing, but something about it didn't seem right.
Then props began to disappear right when they were needed onstage; costumes were found ripped and stained; one night a set piece almost crushed one of the main actresses. One night the power went out and, in the blackness, I heard the singing again and it got very cold. I felt like someone was standing behind me and breathing on my neck. I spun around and reached out into the darkness but no one was there. A child giggled and at first I thought it was someone in the audience, but then I realized we were doing an adult play. There were no children in the audience.
I started to research the girl in the fire and came across a newspaper article from the day after she died. It talked about how a costume rack was found jamming the door and one of the actors mysteriously left the night of the accident. Now I knew the ghost's name: Carolyn Brown. The article says some people think the fire was electrical, but the parents think it was arson. I believe it was arson and she was murdered, otherwise why would she have come back to haunt the theatre.
When the show closed, I packed up and left Arrow Rock never to return again. Since then I have quit acting because of Carolyn Brown and have become a math teacher. I have been dying to share my story but have never found a place to until I stumbled upon this website.
Please tell me what you think. Have any of you ever been to Arrow Rock, Missouri and seen similar things?