stage·​hand | \ ˈstāj-ˌhand How to pronounce stagehand (audio) \

Definition of stagehand

: a stage worker who handles scenery, properties, or lights

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After high school, George worked at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft in East Hartford before taking a position part-time at The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford as a stagehand., "George Roger Register Jr.," 13 July 2019 The taller, deeper stage will attract bigger acts and let stagehands perform quicker changeovers. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Uline Warehouse Stage: A touch of the Northwoods at Summerfest," 20 June 2019 The performance began with Hannigan coming onstage at the Libbey Bowl in black tights and sleeveless top performing a stagehand’s duty of spraying theatrical fog. Mark Swed,, "Review: Stravinsky's exceedingly slow ‘Rake's Progress’ from West Hollywood to Ojai," 7 June 2019 Each death brings me back to the stage, for a conversation with the director or a stagehand, a glimpse into a world behind the curtain. Julie Muncy, WIRED, "Pathologic 2 and What Games Can Learn From Low-Tech Art," 7 June 2019 After the first bit ended, Osborne rushed over to Duddy and grabbed two beers before the prop box was taken from him by a stagehand. Nancy Kruh,, "From Impromptu Dancing to Sweet Cuddles: Here's What You Didn't See on TV at the 2019 CMT Awards," 6 June 2019 Long before the May Festival ended its final performance on May 26, Plott and dozens of designers, stagehands and artistic personnel were strategizing every aspect of this first season back in Music Hall. David Lyman,, "Behind the curtain: Cincinnati Opera's back at Music Hall with a more functional backstage," 7 June 2018 During his stellar set, the impossibly sweet Sivan even made technical issues seem charming, opting to crowd surf when stagehands were busy switching his mic. Joe Lynch, Billboard, "Six Standout Moments From 2018 Capital Pride Festival," 11 June 2018 But the movement more than makes up for it, opening with Caili Quan dancing in front of the curtain, while numerous hands — presumably those of her children — poke out from beneath it, shades of Pippin’s stagehands. Ellen Dunkel,, "BalletX heats up the summer with 3 premieres and live music," 12 July 2018

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1885, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of stagehand

: someone who prepares the scenery, lights, etc., for a performance on a stage

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