Before the footlights

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Before the footlights upon the stage; -- hence, in the capacity of an actor.
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Usage

In literature:

Before the footlights, a famous contralto, dressed as a boy, was bowing to the audience, her arms full of flowers.
"The Pit" by Frank Norris
From there, behind the scenes, the comedian in full dress could step before the footlights into salvoes of savage applause.
"The Home of the Blizzard" by Douglas Mawson
The Saviour follows, and falls under the weight of the cross before the footlights.
"Castilian Days" by John Hay
What a different tale this little figure tells from that given before the footlights!
"The Practice and Science Of Drawing" by Harold Speed
There is nothing theatrical on this side of his art: the footlights and back-cloths disappear, and the very thing itself is before us.
"Wagner" by John F. Runciman
Cries of "speech" brought Colonel Roosevelt before the footlights.
"The Story of The American Legion" by George Seay Wheat
Mr. Pickwick had been the figure capering before the footlights.
"Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens" by G. K. Chesterton
Never before had such acting faced me across the footlights.
"The Arena" by Various
At last amid a hush of intense silence, she came before the footlights, saw and conquered.
"The Root of Evil" by Thomas Dixon
After a brief period the most friendly relations were established between the people before and beyond the footlights.
"A Pirate of Parts" by Richard Neville
It was as if the scene were prepared for a stage and you sat before the footlights looking into the interior.
"They Shall Not Pass" by Frank H. Simonds
Died in harness, before the footlights!
"The Strollers" by Frederic S. Isham
Hand in hand, they have come to the footlights, hand in hand they have walked before us.
"In the Heart of a Fool" by William Allen White
The crowning effect of this parody was the appearance of the prompter himself before the footlights.
"A Little Garrison" by Fritz von der Kyrburg
She would nerve herself to courage before the footlights.
"Black Diamonds" by Mór Jókai
Fancy Mrs. Tristrem Varick before the footlights.
"The Truth About Tristrem Varick" by Edgar Saltus
He wished he could have assured her that he had admired her before the footlights ...!
"The Sentimental Adventures of Jimmy Bulstrode" by Marie Van Vorst
For the first time in his life he stood before the footlights of public observation and expectation.
"Charles Lewis Cocke" by William Robert Lee Smith
There was a real stage, and before it a long green tin that the girls knew concealed the footlights.
"The Girl Scouts Rally" by Katherine Keene Galt
Like Harlequin, bounding from the sides and capering before the footlights, this new species makes a sudden apparition.
"The Memoirs of Count Carlo Gozzi; Volume the first" by Count Carlo Gozzi
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In poetry:

The gods their faces turn away
From nations and their little wars;
But we our golden drama play
Before the footlights of the stars.
"Players" by Victor James Daley