Definition of onstage in US English:

onstage

adjective & adverb

  • (in a theater) on the stage and so visible to the audience.

    • ‘So I went onstage and recited those lyrics and the reaction of the audience was amazing.’
    • ‘The musicians will be onstage with the singers, and the stage will be dressed with flowers and blue velvet curtains.’
    • ‘She is an immensely talented actress and a pleasure to watch onstage.’
    • ‘The band is also known for its hard-hitting political satire and onstage antics.’
    • ‘While the party onstage might not be in full swing, as an audience, you'll certainly enjoy it.’
    • ‘She is very dramatic as in all the roles she tackles, and I am sure that live onstage she is much more convincing.’
    • ‘When it comes to onstage theatricality and over the top rock and roll antics, these are the names that come to mind.’
    • ‘By the end of the act, he is lurking perpetually onstage, moaning and berating by degrees.’
    • ‘Looking very comfortable with each other onstage, it let the audience get into their music.’
    • ‘It begs the question, in a time when any live music is becoming rare, why was he on a stage or why did he want to be onstage?’
    • ‘Later in the show the band invited members of the audience up onstage to jam with them.’
    • ‘However, it is wise to leave the history in the classroom and concentrate on the drama onstage.’
    • ‘The audience is further alienated from the onstage exchanges by the sound design.’
    • ‘An actor onstage walked over to the actress, which was not apart of the script, and touched her face as he spoke to her.’
    • ‘The speed with which we could do this was really like a magnificent return to a type of acting that you do onstage more so than in films.’
    • ‘Their contention is the stage is not strong enough to have the pachyderm onstage.’
    • ‘Dio's latest lineup certainly made up for the lack of onstage accoutrements this time around.’
    • ‘She was the one who really belonged onstage and she dragged me onstage along with her.’
    • ‘Once the play is on, there is a clear distinction between work onstage and life outside the theatre.’
    • ‘At these events, the audience may provide as much of the show and the drama as what goes on onstage.’

Pronunciation

onstage

/ˌɑnˈsteɪdʒ//ˌänˈstāj/