[troop] Theater.
a company, band, or group of singers, actors, or other performers, especially one that travels about.
verb (used without object), trouped, trouping.
to travel as a member of a theatrical company; barnstorm.

1815–25, Americanism; < French: troop

troop, troupe (see synonym study at troop).

1. See troop. Unabridged
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troupe (truːp)
1.  a company of actors or other performers, esp one that travels
2.  (intr) (esp of actors) to move or travel in a group
[C19: from French; see troop]

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Word Origin & History

1825, "company, band," from Fr. troupe, from M.Fr. troupe "company" (see troop). Trouper is "actor or performer in a theatrical troupe;" transf. sense of "reliable, uncomplaining person" is attested from 1959 (but the first recorded reference describes the usage as "old-fashioned").
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Example sentences
Byrne added a troupe of three modern dancers to the onstage cast.
As the troupe became increasingly skilled, they began to discern the clever
  design of the armor.
They are a troupe of mimes and juggling clowns marching down a hill to distract
  local villagers from an unstoppable avalanche.
The variation from monkey to monkey might benefit an entire monkey troupe.
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