The Backstagers and the Ghost Light is the first in a middle-grade series based on the award-winning comics from cocreator Rian Sygh and actor Andy Mientus.
The stage crew at St. Genesius Prep—or Backstagers, as they like to call themselves—are ready for whatever the theater world can throw their way: the madness of tech week, inevitable prop malfunctions, and all the paranormal activity that goes on behind the scenes. Luckily Jory, Hunter, Sasha, Beckett, and Aziz are up for the job!
But lately, someone—or something—seems set on ruining their production of Phantasm. It all started when an actor brought a Spirit Board to the cast party, and the ghost light blew out. Every good theater kid knows that a ghost light must be left on to keep ghosts from moving in the shadows of an empty theater. To figure out what’s haunting the theater and save the show, the Backstagers will have to use their smarts, bravery, and a little bit of magic!
The Backstagers series:
The Backstagers and the Ghost Light (#1)
The Backstagers and the Theater of the Ancients (#2)
The Backstagers and the Final Blackout (#3)
"Fans of the series will appreciate Mientus' exploration of characters' backstories—and all will have a chance to learn more in future prose installments. An adequate dessert for existing fans that just may tempt a few new ones as well."Kirkus Reviews
"[Mientus} preserves the spirit and flavor of the comics with hilarious pranks and theater talk, high-energy hustle, and, particularly, in a young cast, notably diverse in ethnic and gender identity, who face personal issues common to everyone . . . as well as the odd supernatural threat."Booklist