Cast member

Cast member

A cast member is a term used to refer to a person who could be one of three possibilities;
* A cast member is someone who performs in a motion picture. The actors who perform in the motion picture are the cast.
* A cast member is someone who performs in a theatrical production. The actors who perform in a show are also referred to as the cast.
* A cast member is any employee of The Walt Disney Company, including Disneyland [Cite news|url=http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=950DEFDF123FF934A1575BC0A96F948260&sec=&spon=&pagewanted=all|title=A 'Mickey Mouse' Class - For Real|encyclopedia=Daijisen|date=1989-08-27|publisher=The New York Times|last=McGill|first=Douglas C.|quote=At Disney, employees are called 'cast members,'...|accessdate=2008-02-22] and the Walt Disney World Resort

Etymology

The word cast comes from the Old English word ' "casten" ' or ' "kasta" '(c.1230), to throw in, to consider, plot, imagine, and design. [The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2003. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.] [cite book
url=http://books.google.com/books?id=Nrx4ESrBgNwC&pg=PA46&lpg=PA46&dq=dictionary+casten&source=web&ots=84zI2hZ1Fx&sig=XIeekkMJ2T6H2xwPNMq7Z5bZE38|title=
title=A Concise Dictionary of Middle English: From A. D. 1150 To 1580
last=Skeat
first=Walter W.
coauthors=Mayhew, Anthony
publisher=R. A. Sites Books
year=2005
isbn=0979871255
accessdate= 2007-10-04
] . This ultimately led to its meaning when referring to a "group of actors in a play" (c.1631). [cite web|url=http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=cast|title=v. Cast|publisher=Online Etymology Dictionary|date=|accessdate=2008-02-22]

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