stagecraft

noun
stage·​craft | \ ˈstāj-ˌkraft How to pronounce stagecraft (audio) \

Definition of stagecraft

: the effective management of theatrical devices or techniques

Examples of stagecraft in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Though committee chairman Rob Mullens alluded on ESPN to at least some debate between the Sooners and Georgia, that was merely stagecraft and due diligence. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "After all the bluster about mayhem, College Football Playoff turns out to be quite simple," 8 Dec. 2019 Lizzo is very much of a 21st century pop star, blending hip-hop and singing, aspects of gospel and funk with an exuberant glittery big-time-entertainer stagecraft. John Adamian, courant.com, "Lizzo and Sweetie headline Hot 93.7’s Jingle Jam," 6 Dec. 2019 In mounting the company’s defense, Mr. Facher combined stagecraft with cunning strategy. BostonGlobe.com, "Mr. Facher was on retainer to Beatrice, his biggest corporate client, which had recruited him because of his reputation as a ferocious litigator. By the early 1980s, he had tried some 60 cases and lost very few.," 6 Oct. 2019 With 13 original lip sync numbers (all choreographed, produced and directed by Velour herself), including songs from the likes of Sia, Celine Dion and Whitney Houston, the tour promises to have fans gagging over the Drag Race winner's stagecraft. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "Sasha Velour Breaks Down Three Performances From Her 'Smoke & Mirrors' Tour," 15 Oct. 2019 One idea, the officials say, was to set up a moment of stagecraft when France’s President Emmanuel Macron would be talking to Rouhani and, seemingly impromptu, encourage Trump, press cameras in tow, to join them. Brian Bennett, Time, "As Iran Gets Tough, Trump Seeks a Deal," 19 Sep. 2019 After Mr Modi’s first victory in 2014, liberals hoped the pro-business tub-thumper would become a pro-market prime minister, encouraging investment by liberalising labour and land laws, relying on statecraft, not stagecraft. The Economist, "In its second term, will India’s ruling coalition be bolder about reform?," 8 June 2019 Harlow has the manner and power and the name of a movie star, holding the camera with an elusive presence; stagecraft is secondary. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "“The Queen”: The Documentary That Went Behind the Scenes of a Drag Pageant Years Before “Paris Is Burning”," 26 June 2019 Prince began directing shows in the early 1960s and had mixed luck - a combination of pedestrian material and sometimes-tense relations with veteran actors who liked to test his knowledge of stagecraft. Nelson Pressley | The Washington Post, oregonlive.com, "Harold Prince, Broadway impresario behind hits such as ‘Phantom of the Opera’ and ‘Cabaret,’ dies at 91," 31 July 2019

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First Known Use of stagecraft

1882, in the meaning defined above

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13 Dec 2019

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“Stagecraft.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stagecraft. Accessed 13 December 2019.

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