Thespian Point System
Thespian Points are earned by spending time doing theatrical work.
- 1 Thespian Point = 10 Hours of Excellent Work in Theatre
There are several different CATEGORIES of theatrical work for which you can earn points.
ITS POINT VALUES:Click each category to expand for more information.
MAJOR ROLE [ 8 points ]
- Appears in almost every scene, in both acts.
- Has many individual lines each time they are seen.
- Has an actual name or specific title in the script (example: Hamlet).
MINOR ROLE [ 5 points ]
- Appears in more than one scene per act.
- Has several individual lines each time they are seen.
- Has an actual name or specific title in the script (example: Ophelia).
WALK-ON [ 2 points ]
- Appears in no more than once per act.
- Has at least one individual line each time they are seen.
- Has an actual name or specific title in the script (example: Fortinbras)
NOTE: A walk-on actor may also claim Ensemble points, but only if they participate in all ensemble numbers, in addition to their walk-on role.
ENSEMBLE [ 3 points ]
- Acts, dances, and/or sings as part of an ensemble.
- Has no specific name or title in the script.
- Has no individual spoken lines (example: Second Clown).
UNDERSTUDY [ 2 points ]
- A backup actor to fill in for a major or minor role if needed.
- If an understudy actor performs that role on stage for a regular audience, they may claim half of the points for that role, instead of the regular 2 understudy points:
- Major Role - Performing Understudy [ 4 points ]
- Minor Role - Performing Understudy [ 2.5 points ]
NOTE: If a role's regular actor fills the understudy's ensemble role during understudy performances, the regular actor may not claim chorus points.
ASST. STAGE MANAGER [ 6 points ]
Acts as the Stage Manager's proxy backstage during show, and as rehearsal prompter in Stage Manager's absence.
CREW CHIEF [ 5 points ]
The student in charge of the members of a specific crew.
- Lighting Console Operator - Operates light board during show.
- Sound Engineer - Coordinates sound effects during the show.
- Prop Master - Organizes props for the show.
- Head of Wardrobe - Designs/Applies costume, hair, and makeup for actors during show.
RUN CREW [ 4 points ]
A student who works as a part of a specific crew during the show. A student may only hold one run crew position.
- Stage Crew - Moves scenery and changes set decoration during show.
- Properties Crew - Assists actors with prop changes.
- Lighting Crew - Adjusts hanging lights and/or operates follow-spots.
- Sound Crew - Assists Sound Tech with levels and/or equipment.
- Wardrobe Crew - Assists actors with makeup and costume changes.
PRODUCTION TEAMS [ 2 points ]
A student working on a specific task as part of a team. A student may hold more than one team position in addition to a single crew position.
- Curtain Team - Operates curtains for scene changes during show.
- Effects Team - Creates/operates any on-stage effects or puppetry needed.
- Construction Team - Builds the set for the show.
- Aesthetics Team - Assists in the design and implementation of artistic set decoration and painting.
- Fabrication Team - Creates multiple special prop pieces needed for the show.
- Costume Team - Creates multiple custom costume pieces needed for the show.
OTHER TECH [ 5 points ]
- Middle School Tech - Work as a crew member for one of the middle school productions. This only counts if you are a high-schooler on the run crew for the show nights.
- Variety Show Crew - Work as a crew member for all nights of DCC Theatre's Thundapalooza Variety Show.
- Summer Crew - Work as a crew member for all nights of one of DCC Theatre's summer productions.
BUSINESS TEAMS [ 2 points ]
- Publicity Team - Writes press releases, creates social media posts.
- Program Team - Designs program, collects cast bios.
- T-Shirt Team - Designs cast/crew t-Shirt, collects shirt sizes, distributes shirts.
- Poster Team - Designs and creates publicity posters, distributes posters.
- Videography Team - Films rehearsal, edits footage, distributes trailer.
HOUSE CREW [ 1 point ]
- Box Office Team - Allocates reserved seating and disburses tickets on all show nights.
- Door Team - Takes tickets at the door and checks ID on all show nights and/or distributes programs at the door on all show nights.
- Usher Team - Assists patrons with seat location on all show nights, warns unruly patrons.
STUDENT DIRECTORS [ 8 points ]
- Stage Manager - Coordinates production with crew & actors.
- Student Acting Director - Oversees and guides actors during rehearsal.
- Student Tech Director - Student who manages the crew and oversees projects independently.
- Student Vocal Director - Assists with vocals during rehearsal.
- Student Band Director - Assists with live musical direction during rehearsal.
- Student Choreographer - Assists with choreography during rehearsal.
- Emcee - Writes skits and acts as host for a variety show.
THESPIAN CONVENTION [ 2 points ]
- Attend all workshop sessions at a theatre convention.
IMPROV TROUPE [ 8 points ]
- Perform as part of DCC Theatre's "Cheap Date" Improv Troupe.
HOMECOMING PARADE [ 1 points ]
- Participate with the drama float in the homecoming parade.
DCC HAUNTED HOUSE [ 3 points ]
- Build AND work in the DCC haunted house.
MISC. TECH WORK [ .5 points ]
- Tech for an assembly or concert.
PERFORMING ARTS TRIP [ 2 points ]
- Any overnight performing arts trip that includes theatre workshops.
ONE ACT [ 2 points ]
- Perform in a one-act play for judging at a thespian convention.
INDIVIDUAL EVENT [ 2 points ]
- Perform in an Individual Event for judging at a thespian convention.
TEAM CHALLENGE [ 1 points ]
- Compete in either the Improv Frenzy or Tech Olympics challenge, as part of a team, for judging, at a thespian convention.
AWARD WINNER [ 3 points ]
- Earn a "Superior" rating for a one-act or I.E., earn a best time for Tech Olympics, or get selected for a showcase in Improv Frenzy.
MAIN STAGE SELECTION [ 3 points ]
- Actor or run crew for a full-length production that performs as a main stage selection for ThesCon.
PLAYWRIGHT [ 8 points* ]
The original play must be submitted to and approved by Keating. Writing for which a grade is received is ineligible.
- *Full points are based on the play being produced. Un-produced plays are worth half.
PLAY REVIEW [ .5 points ]
To earn audience points, you must attend a play (plays which are required for a class are NOT eligible) and submit a substantial critique or report demonstrating the educational value of the experience.
- This critique should be at least 400 words, typed, in proper MLA format, and submitted to Mrs. Keating BEFORE submitting a point request.
- YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE POINTS FOR THIS UNLESS YOU HAVE ALREADY SUBMITTED YOUR REVIEW TO KEATING.
- Click HERE for info on how to write a critical review.
TROUPE OFFICER [ 6 points ]
Serve as an elected troupe officer for an entire school year, completing all responsibilities of your office.
- Vice President