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Saturday, June 30, 2018

Saturday Green

Saturday Green

The color blue is said to be unlucky in the theater, presumably because in the past blue dye was expensive. But the color green is also viewed as being unlucky, probably because early performances were given outdoors and wearing green made the actor/dancer fade into the background.

All this brings me to something most dancers are familiar with: the Green Room. This is a small area located near the stage where performers gather prior to their entrances. Why is it called the Green Room? I always heard it came from the skin color of nervous performers – they turned a bit green with nausea and anxiety. But the origins of the term are mysterious. To find out all the many details, visit this site: http://mentalfloss.com/article/78763/why-room-where-talent-waits-called-green-room, or this one: http://www.theatrecrafts.com/pages/home/glossary-of-technical-theatre-terms/more-about-the-green-room/.

I have also heard that Green Rooms should never be painted green.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Superstition #128:
“The green room should never be painted green.”

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― Corrie ten Boom

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