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16 Thoughts We’ve All Had Before Going Onstage

Much like a breakup, the roller-coaster of emotions experienced while waiting in the wings comes in stages. The difference? Emotions that are typically spread out over several days are packed into a few fitful minutes as you wait for your entrance. In the wings, time feels like it’s moving in slow motion, as you deal with blinding spotlights, your heart pounding in your ears and a costume that won’t stop digging into you in the wrong places.

Here are 16 thoughts performers have while waiting to go onstage:

1. Is my mic on?

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2. Oh no. I need to pee. Again.

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3. *IT’S THE FINAL COUNTDOWWWWN*

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4. I might puke.

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5. Wait, I think I’m OK.

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6. Is there a bucket somewhere in the wings? Just to be safe.

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7. If I fall off the stage, I wonder if the front row will catch me.

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8. Did I turn off my curling iron/hair straightener/oven?

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9. I hope my hands dry out before I have to pick anything up. It’s like I’ve taken a shower.

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10. Is that my mom? Oh, she’s seen me. Mom. No, Mom, stop waving! This is not my elementary school recital!

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11. I’m a terrible hack. What am I doing here?

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12. Is that guy in the first row picking his nose?

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13. Wait, did I miss my cue?

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14. What’s my first line again?

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15. I’mamazing, I’mamazing, I’mamazing, I’mamazing.

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16. I am freakin’ Beyonce! I was born for this!

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And just like that, you’re off, making your entrance with the conviction of a general charging into battle. Your momentary panic is forgotten the minute you set foot on that stage. And the feeling of that first step is magic, every single time.

What runs through your head while waiting in the wings? Let us know in the comments below!

Written by Katelynn Johnston

Katelynn is a writer and elementary arts teacher from Toronto. From acting to choreographing to directing, she has been fortunate enough to take part in a variety of shows.

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  1. This is SO true. XD I always do all of these things, even with smallish parts, so like, if I was an ensemble part, they probably aren’t looking at me too much, but I still get the jitters. I want to do the best! And convey the story in the most realistic way possible! (Here I go again on my “show is a story” prattling again. XD)

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