Welcome to the Theatre Dictionary’s conversation about the term hold.

On hold’s official page, we define the term as a call for the actors onstage to temporarily freeze and fall silent until a technical issue can be resolved. But now we want to know what the term hold means to you. You can use the comments section to tell us.

— As a performer, have you ever been asked to “hold” at a particularly awkward moment? What were you in the middle of doing?

— Have you ever gone to see a show and heard the stage manager call for a hold? What happened that caused the delay?

If you’d like to make a video of your own about the term hold, then we’d love to hear from you! Just email us through our contact page. Tell us about yourself and why you want to make a video. We’ll be in touch ASAP and give you details on how to add your video to the Theatre Dictionary!


Mark Blankenship, Theatre Dictionary editor