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 Designer / Console Operator - Designs lighting and/or operates light board during show.
Sound Engineer - Coordinates sound effects during the show.
Properties Master - Organizes props for the show.
Head of Wardrobe - Designs/Applies costume, hair, and makeup for actors during show.
Scenic Designer - Designs the set and directs the aesthetics team.
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.
Videography Team - Records and edits footage of 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.