Definition of stage-struck in US English:

stage-struck

adjective

  • Having a passionate desire to become an actor.

    ‘the stage-struck youth promised himself that one day his name would be on the theater's billboard’
    • ‘She is flat-out awesome as murderess and stage-struck wannabe, Roxie Hart.’
    • ‘He left school at 10 to work in his father's solicitor's practice, but, stage-struck from youth, became an actor, and was noticed by H. Irving who later produced some of his plays.’
    • ‘Theatre was much funnier in those days and (like the equally stage-struck Dickens) Bainbridge the novelist can't resist the essential absurdity of people pretending not to be themselves eight times a week.’
    • ‘Her comedy, one of the most-produced new plays in North America, has a stage-struck bumpkin named Will Shakespeare claiming credit for the scribblings of noblemen.’
    • ‘But 42nd Street, which won the Tony for best musical revival, is less interested in personalities and plot twists than in the condition of being stage-struck.’
    • ‘Born in Omaha, Nebraska, Brando was the son of a prosperous businessman and a sensitive, stage-struck mother, who was an amateur actress.’
    • ‘But it is the minor characters who come off best: especially Paul Rider as the wild-eyed surgeon and John Guerrasio as the stage-struck cop.’
    • ‘A stage-struck Cross Hills girl helped take elderly people back to the ‘good old days’ in a professional production.’
    • ‘Chris Blackie is spot-on as one of the stage-struck gangsters, and Neil Whittaker good in a cameo role.’
    • ‘Obviously, at some point in his life Shakespeare fell in love with the language, the acting, the exhilaration of the theater; in a phrase, he became stage-struck.’
    • ‘By the time he graduated from high school he'd met the equally stage-struck Jeff Perry and Terry Kinney and together they formed Steppenwolf.’
    • ‘In addition stage-struck volunteers will work in many other areas of the production, such as stage management, prop making, building and painting the set, or in the more technical areas of sound and lighting.’

Pronunciation

stage-struck

/ˈsteɪdʒˌstrək//ˈstājˌstrək/