Saturday, June 13, 2009


Follow Spot- noun- Manually operated light that illuminates only one person at a time. Because of the specific usage of a follow spot, being placed into a follow spot is the mark of a star.
Star: Totes got blinded by the follow-spot.
Jealous Ensemblist: Totes lucky you get a follow-spot.

- verb- Describes a sudden switch into head voice from chest voice. Usually undesired.
1. Oooh, that Millie was fierce until she flipped into her headvoice.
2. MT 1: Are you going to belt all of it?
MT 2: Yeah, it just takes a lot of stamina.
MT 1: If I hear an awkward head-voice flip, I'm dropping the main rag.

Final Bow
-noun- The final bow is given to the person with the largest role in the show. In shows with more than one "lead actor" (Jesus/Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar, Galinda/Elphie Wicked) this can often be the cause of great ego tension between the two stars.
I would DIE to be a fly on the wall when they told Cheno that Idina was getting Final Bow in Wicked.

Fiercey- noun- The embodiment of ferocity.
1. Caissie Levy is such the new fiercey of Broadway.
2. I will do whatever it takes to be a fiercey, even if that means singing soprano.

- noun- Literally: fake dancer. This describes a person who "moves well" but is not necessarily to be considered a "kick-your-face" dancer. Fancers may be adept at single pirouettes, battement, and plies--but usually cannot land triple pirouettes or our beloved fouettes. If you are a Fancer, do not fear. There is work for Fancers.
1. She's so castable: singer, actress, fancer.
2. As brilliant as Karen Olivo is, sometimes I can't believe they cast a fancer as Anita. Oh well, at least she's belting and bleeding.

- adjective- A ubiquitous word that can be applied to any and all musical theatre
situations. Upon entering a theatre this word will be thrust upon you in all directions.
MT's of late have taken to saying the word subconsciously, out of rote as it has
permeated all parts of theatrical life. Anything can be described as fierce: costumes,
orchestras, props. (They gave me the fiercest rapier for the combat scene!) Formally,
the word stands for anything having an intense aggressiveness, but of late has come
to represent anything of even slight pleasures. The overuse of the word "fierce" has
done nothing to eliminate it's usefulness. Quite frankly some things are "fierce" and
they have the right to be described as such. For example: If a beltress is standing in
front of your face in rehearsal skirt and LaDucas belting a string of E-flats with an
option-up to a G--that is fierce.
Alice Ripley is still fierce. Fuck what you heard.

Find Your Light-saying- An imperative command to unseasoned actors to always
locate their light-conscious positions while onstage.
Director: Lanie, find your light! Find your light! There's a special just upstage of you.

Flop- noun- A musical that (for a number of reasons) does not do well on Broadway,
usually closing in under 30 performances. Contrary to popular belief, flop shows often
have many brilliant moments in addition to their other tranny qualities.
I read the best book on flops the other day! You should read Not Since Carrie by Ken
Mandelbaum. It's brills!

Fouette- verb- The ultimate edification of dance skill. If a person can fouette, they are a
Director: [to choreographer] I don't care what you do with the choreography but I want
Choreographer: Totes.

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