ACTING AND STAGE TALES
THE LONGEST LIST OF THE LONGEST
STUFF AT THE LONGEST DOMAIN NAME AT LONG LAST
Every performer has their own
superstitions and things they must always do, or must never do to ensure that
they perform at their very best. Some athletes will only work with one piece of
equipment and some singers will always warm up with the same song. Unlike these
superstitions, here are some old wives tales relating to the theatre and stage
acting that were widely accepted for a long time (and some still are!)
Actors will recite every line
during rehearsal until the play is perfected. However, the last line (or
“tag” line) will never be said until the first public performance. It was
once believed that saying the last line brought bad luck to the play and
that no performance of that play by those same actors would ever be
When an actress is applying
her makeup before a play, it’s a sign that she is about to receive a very
good contract if she accidentally gets some lipstick on her teeth.
If someone whistles backstage
or in a dressing room, it’s considered to be bad luck. This is because
directors often whistled to let his stage hands know that it was time for a
scene change. By whistling, there would often be an automatic scene change.
To undo the bad luck, the person must leave the room, turn around three
times, knock on the door and ask if they can come back into the room.
It’s bad luck to wish an actor
good luck. Instead it’s often said, “Break a leg,” Knock ‘em dead,” and “See
you on the green.”
The colour green should not be
worn onstage during a performance. This is because plays were once performed
outdoors and actors could not be seen well against the green grass if they
also were wearing green. Another reason for this tale is that characters
were sometimes illuminated in a green spotlight (limelight) and would not be
very visible onstage if they were wearing green.
Macbeth is thought to be the
most unlucky play ever. Actors would never refer to it by name, instead
calling it Mr. and Mrs. M. or That Play.
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