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  • n. A stagehand.


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  • Just as the scene-shifter was happier in making both ends meet in a room shared with two other men, than he would have been had he packed a feeble family along with a couple of men into a cheaper room, and failed in making both ends meet.


  • The San Francisco Opera's fall season is ending with a reprise of five performances of Puccini's "Madama Butterfly," featuring yours truly as a Kabuki "kugoro" scene-shifter.

    Return of the Ninja Geishas

  • In size the roses exceeded the most expansive sunflowers, and the butterflies were as large as cocked hats; — the scene-shifter explained to Mr. — —, who asked the reason why everything was so magnified, that the galleries could never see the objects unless they were enormously exaggerated.

    George Cruikshank

  • He was supposed to be the clown, but he was really almost everything else, the author (so far as there was an author), the prompter, the scene-painter, the scene-shifter, and, above all, the orchestra.

    The Complete Father Brown

  • This year (1916) both birds were noticed just after the scene-shifter had swept the hills of mists, and now other birds seem to have awakened to the conditions which the starlings and the nutmegs brought with them from hotter lands.

    Tropic Days

  • The scene-shifter worked with almost magical haste, with silence, and with supreme effect.

    Tropic Days

  • A week ago few signs of the approach of the scene-shifter were discernible.

    Tropic Days

  • The scene-shifter came softly “as the small rain upon the tender herb,” but with an orchestra of his own.

    Tropic Days

  • He was at first a menial at the theatre; some say he held gentlemen's horses at the door, others that he was call-boy, prompter, scene-shifter, minor actor.

    English Literature, Considered as an Interpreter of English History Designed as a Manual of Instruction

  • We still want a history of that singularly dexterous, shy, silent, and successful man; who, like Jupiter in Homer, did more by a nod than others by a harangue -- made more as a scene-shifter than any actor on the stage of

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Volume 55, No. 344, June, 1844


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