A bank of overhead lights swivelled to supplement the beams of the footlights , while the stereo system poured out a constant stream of foot-tapping music.
That got lost before it crossed the footlights .
The sad thing is that the waves of love that broke across the footlights every time he stood on a stage were probably never equalled in his private life.
And his will be a hard act to follow: the footlights are bright with public attention, the script well known, and the chorus voices primed for their cue.
Olson has a magnetism that leaps across the footlights .
But instead of acting, he is on the other side of the footlights , and he is finding that the pressure is greater in his new role.
That was why the opera was verismo; the chorus singing the part of the townspeople on stage were speaking the minds of the real audience out beyond the footlights .
Australians have created over 700 original musicals, though few of them see the light of day, let alone the footlights of Her Majesty's.
Why he chose to cross over the footlights and climb onto the stage and be an actor in this story is beyond me.
We don't know our stage directions anymore and the footlights are fading into the shadows.