Submitted by deborah  •  November 30, 2005

Punctuation used in theater programs

What is the term for the punctuation that is seen in theater programs, such as:

The Cast Maria...........................................Julie Andrews Capt. Von Trapp.................Christopher Plummer

I’m asking specifically about the multiple periods--is there a punctuation term for them as a group like “ellipsis” is for three periods?

Thank you! Deborah :)

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They're known in the typesetting world as leaders.

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Leaders.
I learned the term by using Desktop Publishing (DTP) software.

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In our church's weekly bulletin (order of service)
the music titles have traditionally been placed in quotes such as "Hallelujah"--G. F. Handel. It
seems that many churches, orchestras, etc. have been moving to italicizing the titles. What would you suggest?

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