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Kimberly and I became friends while we were both theater students at Utah State University’s Caine College of the Arts in Logan, Utah. Kimberly graduated in 2017 with a BFA in Theater Design and Technology and I am currently finishing up my degree in the BFA Acting Program. I worked with Kimberly on several Utah State theater productions during our time together. We also worked a summer season together at the Lyric Repertory, a professional theater company which takes place during the summer in Logan. Kimberly is originally from Spanish Fork, Utah and currently lives in Waterbury Connecticut.
I have worked seven seasons for the Lyric Repertory Company, which recently celebrated its 50th anniversary this past summer of 2017. The building itself has been standing since 1912. Legend has it that back in the “old days,” when travelling Vaudeville troupes were popular, one particular company stopped in Logan to perform Shakespeare’s Hamlet at the Caine Lyric Theater. The two actors playing the gravediggers in the play got into a fight. The one killed the other and buried him beneath the theater. And that’s how we got the ghost Everett. Kimberly wrote this account to me in response to a Facebook post I made on November 28, 2017 asking my friends and colleagues with whom I had worked at the Lyric Repertory to please share their encounters with the infamous theater’s ghost, Everett. Kimberly’s experience, of course, occurred at the Caine Lyric Theater at 28 W Center St, Logan, UT 84321.
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Kimberly was very receptive to my Facebook pleas for Everett stories and was one of the first people to respond with a longer story. I made the post on November 28 at 12:40 PM and she had responded at 3:26 PM. Her writing is clearly quite cheerful as she includes words like “haha” here and there. When I thanked her for taking the time to write to me, she responded by saying: “No worries :) anything for my ghost buddy. He and I had some good times.” It is not surprising to me, knowing a lot about the culture of the Lyric and the ghost of Everett, that Kimberly thinks of Everett as a friend. Everett is known to be a very friendly, meddlesome spirit, and so I can tell by the way Kimberly writes that she is in no way frightened of Everett at all, but is actually rather charmed by him.
ENGL 2210: Introduction to Folklore
Dr. Lynn S. McNeill
Semester and year
Francis, Katie, ""Everett the Ghost and Kimberly"" (2017). USU Student Folklore Fieldwork. Paper 39.