stage fright

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stage fright

Acute nervousness associated with performing or speaking before an audience.
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stage fright

(Theatre) nervousness or panic that may beset a person about to appear in front of an audience
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stage′ fright`

nervousness felt by a performer or speaker when appearing before an audience.
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Noun1.stage fright - fear that affects a person about to face an audiencestage fright - fear that affects a person about to face an audience
fear, fearfulness, fright - an emotion experienced in anticipation of some specific pain or danger (usually accompanied by a desire to flee or fight)
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stage fright

npanico prima di andare in scena
to get stage fright → essere assalito/a dal panico prima di andare in scena
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(frait) noun
1. a sudden fear. the noise gave me a terrible fright.
2. a person who looks ridiculous. She looks a fright in those clothes.
stage frightstageˈfrighten verb
to make (someone) afraid. She was frightened by a large dog.
ˈfrightened adjective
ˈfrightful adjective
1. terrible or frightening. I had a frightful experience.
2. very bad. He is a frightful liar.
ˈfrightening adjective
ˈfrightfully adverb
very. He's frightfully clever.
take fright
to become frightened usually suddenly and quickly. She took fright and ran away.


(steidʒ) noun
a raised platform especially for performing or acting on, eg in a theatre.
1. to prepare and produce (a play etc) in a theatre etc. This play was first staged in 1928.
2. to organize (an event etc). The protesters are planning to stage a demonstration.
ˈstaging noun
1. wooden planks etc forming a platform.
2. the way in which a play etc is presented on a stage. The staging was good, but the acting poor.
stage direction
an order to an actor playing a part to do this or that. a stage direction to enter from the left.
stage fright
the nervousness felt by an actor etc when in front of an audience, especially for the first time. The young actress was suffering from stage fright and could not utter a word.
ˈstagehand noun
a workman employed to help with scenery etc.
stage manager
a person who is in charge of scenery and equipment for plays etc.
ˈstagestruck adjective
fascinated with the theatre or having a great desire to become an actor/actress.
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References in classic literature ?
People who talked for the first time into a telephone box had a sort of stage fright. They felt foolish.
Anne was the victim of an overwhelming attack of stage fright. Often as she had recited in public, she had never before faced such an audience as this, and the sight of it paralyzed her energies completely.
No need to fear stage fright or forgetfulness on her part.
Popovic has revealed many members of his squad support United and he is worried there could be a bit of 'stage fright' if their mentality is not right.
The gang will bring music and mirth as they help Milkshake Monkey overcome stage fright to perform his musical adventure.
Suffering terrible stage fright at the height of her fame, Dido, now 47, could afford to shun the limelight to nurse her ailing father.
To overcome stage fright, you first need to know your subject.
Onyiso, who was part of the dreaded squad which represented the country in the 2004 finals in Tunisia, has cautioned those who will make the cut against falling to stage fright and wants them to approach the matches with confidence.
A) STAGE FRIGHT: Stage fright could also be referred to as fear; it can destabilize a performer to the point of mixing up the arrangement.
Qualified teacher of this technique Liana Thrassou will explain how it empowers performers to become aware of the physical habits that impede performance and to transform those habits, thus improving breathing coordination, vocal production and concentration, managing stage fright and freeing up spontaneity to perform more freely and expressively while putting less stress and strain on their bodies.
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