Welcome to the Theatre Dictionary’s conversation about the term stumble-through.

On stumble-through’s official page, we have defined the term as “to rehearse the entire play, without interruption, so the director can get a sense of how it will look before other technical elements are introduced later.”

But now we want to know what the term stumble-through means to you. You can use the comments section to tell us.

— Have you ever suffered through a stumble-through? And if so, what was the biggest blunder you survived?

— If you’re a director or in theater tech, what stumble-through screw-up made you crack up in spite of yourself?

If you’d like to make a video of your own about the term stumble-through, 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