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Wishing an actor good luck

PizzagirlPizzagirl Posts: 24,140Registered User Senior Member
edited November 2012 in Parent Cafe
I know you're not supposed to say good luck to an actor - that you're supposed to say break a leg. Does that apply to an audition too? I want to wish a friend good luck with an audition but don't knw what phrase to use!
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Replies to: Wishing an actor good luck

  • MizzBeeMizzBee Posts: 4,231Registered User Senior Member
    I would say Break a Leg for auditions as well. We are a suspicious lot.
  • musicamusicamusicamusica Posts: 5,054Registered User Senior Member
    In bocca al lupo!
    (in the mouth of the wolf)
  • srwsrw Posts: 1,477Registered User Senior Member
    I can never say the "wolf thing" correctly so I say toi,toi,toi.
  • MommaJMommaJ Posts: 4,344Registered User Senior Member
    Regarding theater superstitions, I recently became aware of the rule about referring to Macbeth only as "the Scottish play" to avoid a curse on one's production (any production, not just Macbeth). I was also told that the equivalent of "break a leg" for a show's tech staff is "burn a cel". Live and learn!
  • cobratcobrat Posts: 6,263Registered User Senior Member
    In reference to that "Scottish play"

    Don't mention Macbeth - Blackadder - BBC - YouTube
  • dreaming92dreaming92 Posts: 439Registered User Member
    For an audition, I would appreciate someone saying good luck, especially since a lot of people don't know the break a leg thing. But if someone said break a leg I would feel all warm and fuzzy :)
  • thumper1thumper1 Posts: 32,376Registered User Senior Member
    Break a leg!
  • NJTheatreMOMNJTheatreMOM Posts: 2,743Registered User Senior Member
    Dancers say "Merde!" and some actors know about that too. :) As I understand it, the Japanese version of "break a leg/good luck" is "ganbatte ne."

    "In bocca al lupo" is mostly said to singers, I believe.
  • greenbuttongreenbutton Posts: 1,157Registered User Senior Member
    At least in community theatre, it is often tradition to kiss someone on the crew before the curtain rises. Or maybe ours is just yanking our chains...
  • audiophileaudiophile Posts: 2,354Registered User Senior Member
    It would think that yanking your chain deserves more than a kiss.
  • frazzled1frazzled1 Posts: 4,799Registered User Senior Member
    ^ going on my list of best lines ever on CC. :D
  • NJresNJres Posts: 5,241Registered User Senior Member
    An audition? I would say "break a leg"... either that, or "Try not to screw up again!"
  • alwaysamomalwaysamom Posts: 8,966Registered User Senior Member
    "Break a leg" is appropriate prior to an audition. As is "Merde!"
  • thumper1thumper1 Posts: 32,376Registered User Senior Member
    True story. I was cast (sorry for the pun...read on) as the lead in a musical. The following day I broke my foot, and spent the entire rehearsal time on crutches with my leg in a cast. The LAST thing I wanted to hear on opening night (five days after having the cast removed) was "break a leg". Merde!
  • paying3tuitionspaying3tuitions Posts: 13,294Super Moderator Senior Member
    I sometimes hear "break legs" but maybe that's inflation.
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