File puptcrit/puptcrit.0509, message 109


Date: Mon, 12 Sep 2005 10:35:34 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Break A String
To: puptcrit-driftline.org-AT-lists.driftline.org


When I was doing marionette shows for now known
Paramount Amusement Parks, I quote the late Jimmy
Rowland: "Break a leg string and have a
frogless(flawless) show"

James Norman
The Razzamatazz Marionettes
Cincinnati,Ohio

--- MM <michaelm-AT-execpc.com> wrote:

> On Sep 10, 2005, at 3:42 PM, Steve Axtell wrote:
> >>>Kirk - Best to your pilot results!  Break a
> string!<<<
> 
> Most thespians identify with the term "Break A Leg"
> as a superstitious
> way of saying "good luck", believing that to plainly
> wish "good luck"
> will possibly bring bad luck or misfortune. But the
> actual meaning and
> history of the tradition is much more intersting
> than simple superstition.
> 
> As we all know a "leg" in technical theatre lingo is
> a verticle masking
> proscenium stage set element that usually masks
> offstage left and right
> wing area from the onstage performce area. "Breaking
> A Leg" is the
> literal action of stepping from the wings (off
> stage) into the on stage
> performance area. The term is an encouraging wish
> that the actor has a
> good start on first entrance. More of a "good
> performance" wish than a
> "good luck" wish.
> 
> So my question is, does "break a string" have a
> similar puppetry history
> beyond imitating the live actor "break a leg"
> superstition?
> 
> inquiring minds want to...
> 
> 
> Michael John Moynihan
>        Visual/Performing/Media Artist & Educator
> ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ 
> 
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