Before the footlights

upon the stage; - hence, in the capacity of an actor.

See also: Footlight

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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It boasts thirty-two engaging dancers who all get their chance before the footlights in an imaginative repertory that would provide a remarkable history of European and American ballet if they were staged all in one year.