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An episode of performance anxiety preceding a public event, which may affect speakers, stage actors—hence the alternate, term ‘stage fright’—and soloist musicians; it may respond to anxiolytics

performance anxiety

Psychology
A physiologic “fight-or-flight” reaction that occurs in an anxious person carrying out an activity in the public eye (e.g., those in entertainment, public speakers and others)

Clinical findings
Tachycardia, tachypnoea, hypertension, increased muscle tone.

Sexology
Functional impotence due to personal concerns about poor sexual performance.

stage fright

Performance anxiety, see there.
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Regardless of whether there is an actual stage or formal audience involved, stage fright could be seriously limiting your personal and professional success.
I ran out of the theatre because the stage fright was so bad.
Tulsa Ballet demi-soloist Megan Keough doesn't often experience stage fright, but she does remember having an episode when she danced in Bournonville's Pas de Quatre.
Stage fright is simply fear that we will not come across as totally wonderful.
WHAT: Special screenings of STRANGERS ON A TRAIN & STAGE FRIGHT, including stage discussions and Q&As with Pat Hitchcock.
A: A childbirth educator's stage fright is a common, normal, and probably healthy phenomenon.
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Additional campaigns include a number of international productions including the world famous Harlem Globetrotters, John Hancock's Stars on Ice, Sesame Street Live, and Scooby Doo: Stage Fright Live on Stage
15PM PREMIERE Elijah Wood plays a virtuoso concert pianist with chronic stage fright, who is threatened with death unless he plays a recital 100% note perfect.
DAME Helen Mirren has admitted she sees the "abyss" when she treads the boards and has to combat stage fright.
SINGER Dido has revealed she had hypnotherapy to cure her stage fright.