It’s hard to imagine a time when people didn’t communicate without the add-on of adorable emojis, whether expressing happiness, heartbreak or humor. And with the range of emotions found in theatre, emojis are the perfect way to describe some of the most common occurrences theatre kids experience from rehearsal to closing night.
Here are 26 emojis you’ll use as you perform in a show and the times when you’ll need them most:
When the cast list goes up and you see that you made it in the show!
When your scene partner nails their delivery a little too well and you break character to dissolve into giggles.
When your rehearsal was scheduled to end at 9 p.m., but it’s 10:45 p.m.
When your choreographer asks if you practiced your moves since the last time you saw her, and you answer, “Of course!”
When your crush gets cast opposite you after weeks of wishing on your end
When you’re told today’s the day you’ll run your love scene in full — stage kiss included — with the whole cast watching.
When you walk into rehearsal off-book for the first time.
When your director gives the whole cast notes, but they all seem to stare at you.
When you get to rehearsal and are told you’re running a completely different scene than the one you’d prepared for.
When your director asks who in the chorus wants an extra line to sing in a song.
When you’re giving your bows on closing night, everyone’s holding hands and your life feels like it’s over.
When your scene partner is holding you up in the air and his legs start to wobble.
When your castmate forgets his prop backstage — again.
How you feel all week during tech week.
How you feel the moment you hit your mattress after rehearsal.
How you feel during your dress rehearsal when your director sighs and goes, “Well you know what they say…”
How you feel the first time you run Act 1 through all the way without stopping.
When you forget your lines onstage and have to aggressively ad lib to get out of the situation alive.
How you feel when you help the tech crew carry a piece of set onstage just once.
How you feel when someone doesn’t turn off their mic after going backstage — and the audience can hear everything they’re saying mid-show.
How you feel when your solo goes off without a hitch.
When your castmate announces she has caught a cold three days before opening night.
How you feel when you’re waiting backstage on opening night as the overture plays.
When it’s late at night, everyone is hangry and your director tells you she wants to run the opening number “just one more time.”
When you try on your costume for the first time and channel your inner Anita from “West Side Story.”
How you feel when your show closes and you remember all the good times you shared together.
Which emojis would you use to describe your show experience? Let us know in the comments below…
Bri Hand is a writer, editor, and theater aficionado based out of Boston, Massachusetts. In addition to performing in musicals throughout high school, Bri spends her time doing deep research on them to fuel both her writing and conversations.