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curtain raiser

1. A short play or skit that precedes the main performance. I have always wanted to be a stage actor, but I've only been cast in a few tiny curtain raisers so far, playing to mostly empty theaters.
2. By extension, any event or performance that precedes the main attraction. Some local singer performed a few songs as a curtain raiser, but no one really paid him much attention until he finally announced the band was about to come on stage. The curtain-raiser match between the two university teams proved far more exciting than the professional football match that everyone had paid to see.
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curtain raiser

Preliminary event, as in This limited attack on the chairman is just a curtain raiser for the concerted effort to oust him . This term literally refers to a short play or skit presented before the main theatrical production. It began to be transferred to other preliminaries about 1940.
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-- The curtain raiser ' Rising From The Dust: Hidden Tales From India's 1947 Refugee Camps' will be on at Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre till May 26
The curtain raiser event in Mumbai will also witness the presence of Deepika Padukone, Sarathkumar and Jackie Shroff who appear in pivotal roles in the film.
At this curtain raiser glam night, Bipasha Basu gave a fantastic dance performance.
Summary: Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India] April 5 (ANI/NewsVoir): On a breezy summer afternoon, homemakers, entrepreneurs and experts from various fields gathered at Bangalore Central Residency Road, for one reason- to voice out for the cause they care for in a curtain raiser for Ramp the Cause, which is scheduled to be organised on Saturday.
Anthony Engelen of the Netherlands kicked off ONE: Heart of the Lion in style after he scored a quick knockout of Meas Meul of Cambodia in the curtain raiser on Friday at Singapore Indoor Stadium here.
The inaugural session will be followed by three technical sessions - i) India's National Disaster Management Plan (NDMP) and its follow up action, ii) Sharing of Best Practices and Innovative Technologies for Disaster Preparedness and iii) Curtain Raiser for Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR), 2016.
Fiji wing Vereniki Goneva scored four tries as the South Sea Islanders opened their World Cup campaign in style with a 49-25 demolition of Namibia, while France survived a second half fightback to beat Japan 47-21 in their Pool A curtain raiser. Hosts New Zealand kicked off the tournament with a 41-10 defeat of Tonga last night.
Heat winners will compete against each other as a curtain raiser to Sunday's Norwich Union British Grand Prix.
Newsome played in a similar curtain raiser before the Giants' victory over Leigh at the Galpharm earlier this month.
Happily, in Buglisi's Against All Odds (Quand Meme), choreographed in 1998 and this season's curtain raiser, Capucilli has a role worthy of the great tragedian she is.
Summary: Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India] April 5 (ANI/ NewsVoir): On a breezy summer afternoon, homemakers, entrepreneurs and experts from various fields gathered at Bangalore Central Residency Road, for one reason- to voice out for the cause they care for in a curtain raiser for Ramp the Cause, which is scheduled to be organised on Saturday.
Juan Miguel Elorde got things going for the Filipinos with an impressive win in the curtain raiser of The Fight of Champions card Sunday morning at Axiata Arena here.
The free concert will act as a curtain raiser for events taking place over the month.
LIVERPOOL are hoping to arrange a lucrative curtain raiser to next season by welcoming Barcelona to Anfield.
These included the concert's curtain raiser, a swing exhibition by Neal Lewis and his partner Shirley Duncan.