stage·​hand | \ ˈstāj-ˌhand \

Definition of stagehand

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

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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 For a moment, Glover (Félix Paquet), who’s working as a stagehand in the wings, is perplexed by McLaren’s presence onstage. Alastair Macaulay, New York Times, "Review: ‘Frame by Frame,’ a Ballet That Puts a Filmmaker Center Stage," 3 June 2018 After a lot of encouragement from stagehands and some supportive chanting from the nearby crowd, a very reluctant Beyoncé somehow manages to make her way down without plummeting to the floor. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Beyoncé's On The Run II Tour Stage Malfunctioned and Left Her Stranded," 2 July 2018 If stagehands were busy or there were rehearsals going on, forget about it. David Lyman,, "Behind the curtain: Cincinnati Opera's back at Music Hall with a more functional backstage," 7 June 2018 Luckily, the stage was dark for only a few minutes while stagehands appeared to help get things rolling along, and New Cupid returned to get the audience Cupid shuffling. Chelsea Brasted,, "'Technical difficulties' plague Jazz Fest bounce performance Saturday," 5 May 2018 Not for musicians or stagehands or wardrobe people. David Lyman,, "Behind the curtain: Cincinnati Opera's back at Music Hall with a more functional backstage," 7 June 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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