The Royal Alex is the most famous haunted theatre in Canada. Don’t worry, the ghosts are all gentle souls, mostly performers who loved the theatre so much that they decided to make it their spiritual home. Ghosts of the Royal Alex is six-part series that explores the theatre’s ghostly past in story and song. Every second week there is a new chapter in a serialized story by John Karastamatis set backstage at the theatre in 1959. You can read the story or listen to a podcast of it. Also, every second week a new music video by Tristan Gough is released of a new song by Ron Jacobson. Each song explores a different ghost that is said to haunt the theatre and is performed by a different acclaimed musical theatre star.


The Story
July 7, 2020
It was just before midnight on the last Monday in January and Herbie had made a special trip to the Royal Alexandra Theatre to catch Jack just as the stage door man’s shift was beginning.

continue to chapter 1


July 21, 2020
Herbie, the theatre manager, must decide whether to enter dressing room 13, enticed there by the pitiful voice of a woman who identifies herself as Yvette. What he finds when he unlocks the door will lead him into an odyssey of self-discovery and challenge his lack of belief in the spiritual world.

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August 4, 2020
Herbie woke from a deep sleep. The tension in his jaw and shoulders had eased and his mind was free of Yvette’s echoing plaintive voice. ‘A good sleep was all I needed,’ he thought. He looked at the clock on his bedside table, it was 2:08.

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August 18, 2020
Herbie finally catches up with Jack, the missing stage door employee who abandoned his shift and left Herbie to look after the haunted theatre overnight. Jack has some revelations that make Herbie all the more determined to solve the mystery of the real identity and life story of Yvette Lafayette.

continue to chapter 4


September 1, 2020
In the fifth chapter, Herbie finally meets the mysterious woman he has been pursuing. His experience is both frightening and exciting, and it leads him closer to uncovering the truth of the ghost stories of the theatre.

continue to chapter 5


September 15, 2020
The concluding chapter takes Herbie to St. Michael’s, a Catholic cemetery consecrated in 1855. Here he discovers the true story of Yvette Lafayette.

continue to chapter 6


Chapter 1
Music and Lyrics by Ron Jacobson
Performed by Steffi DiDomenicantonio
Video by Tristan Gough
Length: 5 minutes
Chapter 2
Music and Lyrics by Ron Jacobson
Performed by Jim Walton
Video by Tristan Gough
Length: 3 minutes 12 seconds
Chapter 3
Music and Lyrics by Ron Jacobson
Performed by Ma-Anne Dionisio
Video by Tristan Gough
Length: 4 minutes
Chapter 4
Music and Lyrics by Ron Jacobson
Performed by Kyle Brown
Video by Tristan Gough
Length: 3 minutes 20 seconds
Chapter 5
Music and Lyrics by Ron Jacobson
Performed by Louise Pitre
Video by Tristan Gough
Length: 2 minutes 27 seconds
Chapter 6
Music and Lyrics by Ron Jacobson
Performed by Steffi DiDomenicantonio
Video by Tristan Gough
Length: 4 minutes 37 seconds