File puptcrit/puptcrit.0509, message 131

Date: Tue, 13 Sep 2005 22:15:45 -0400
Subject: [Puptcrit] Break a string etc.

Keeping up with the international words of good luck, Italians performers often say "Bocca di Lupo" to each other before a performance. It means.."In the Wolf's Mouth" an accurate description of some Italian Opera audiences. I have no idea how this custom started, but it seems to follow the trend..don't tempt Fate by wishing one Good Fortune.
Italian Opera Singers (perhaps Actors as well) also look for bent nails back stage for luck. Something most touring puppeteers have in plentiful supply, if they use Loose Pin Hinges to put their stages together!
Nick Coppola
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