backstage

Backstage is the area of a theater where the actors wait until it's time to walk onstage and play their parts. The audience can't see what's going on backstage.

If you get a backstage pass at a rock concert, it means you'll get to go behind the scenes once the show is over, and possibly meet the musicians in person. Many people who are involved in a show, performance, or play stay backstage the whole time: costume designers, makeup directors, and set painters, for example. The word is also sometimes used in a figurative way to mean "secret" or "behind the scenes."

DEFINITIONS OF: backstage

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n a stage area out of sight of the audience

Synonyms:
offstage, wing
Type of:
stage
a large platform on which people can stand and can be seen by an audience

adv in or to a backstage area of a theater

“costumes were changed backstage

adv out of view of the public; behind the scenes

“Working backstage to gain political support for his proposal”
“many private deals were made backstage at the convention”

adj concealed from public view or attention

Synonyms:
offstage
private
confined to particular persons or groups or providing privacy
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