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theater light at the front of a stage that illuminate the set and actors

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A rough-coated Irish terrier entered at a sedate walk, sedately walked forward to the centre, nearly to the footlights, and faced the leader of the orchestra.
The fact is, the sight of the congregation, when I get into the pulpit, has the same effect upon me that the sight of the footlights has on an actor.
As Mrs Vincent Crummles recrossed back to the table, there bounded on to the stage from some mysterious inlet, a little girl in a dirty white frock with tucks up to the knees, short trousers, sandaled shoes, white spencer, pink gauze bonnet, green veil and curl papers; who turned a pirouette, cut twice in the air, turned another pirouette, then, looking off at the opposite wing, shrieked, bounded forward to within six inches of the footlights, and fell into a beautiful attitude of terror, as a shabby gentleman in an old pair of buff slippers came in at one powerful slide, and chattering his teeth, fiercely brandished a walking-stick.
And snatching a chance piece of billiard chalk from his pocket, he ran it across the hall floor, half-way between the front door and the staircase, to mark the line of the footlights.
The vamped dress of silver paper and paste, which had been too glaring in the footlights, looked more and more magical and silvery as it danced away under a brilliant moon.
He thought Helen wrong and Margaret right, but the family trouble was for him what a scene behind footlights is for most people.
I pray you let the drama halt while Chorus stalks to the footlights and drops an epicedian tear upon the fatness of Mr.
she added, giving Vronsky one finger of the hand in which she held her fan, and with a shrug of her shoulders she twitched down the bodice of her gown that had worked up, so as to be duly naked as she moved forward towards the footlights into the light of the gas, and the sight of all eyes.
He was treated with a solemn respect accorded in the irreverent West only to the monarchs of the stage, and he accepted the profound homage with a sustained dignity seen nowhere else but behind the footlights and in the condensed falseness of some grossly tragic situation.
To be before the footlights,' continued the dismal man, 'is like sitting at a grand court show, and admiring the silken dresses of the gaudy throng; to be behind them is to be the people who make that finery, uncared for and unknown, and left to sink or swim, to starve or live, as fortune wills it.
I used to imagine I'd be walking out from the wings, the chorus girls on stage having been at it for hours, nodding good luck to me as I squinted into the glare of the footlights.
He was a member of the Cambridge Footlights alongside Griff Rhys-Jones, and met Richard Curtis and Rowan Atkinson, both studying at Oxford, when the Footlights performed at the Edinburgh Festival.
Miriam Margolyes, the only woman in the Cambridge Footlights in the 1960s.
He met David Mitchell during an audition for a Footlights production of Cinderella in 1993.
The Sorcerer is not one of the better-known Savoy operas and there are one or two discrepancies in the plot, but this did not detract from the enthusiasm and sheer talent that came across the footlights to delight everyone present.