Thespian Point System

thespian Points

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.

        • ACTING
        • PRODUCTION
        • BUSINESS
        • DIRECTING
        • ACTIVITY
        • COMPETITION
        • WRITING
        • LEADERSHIP

ITS POINT VALUES:

Click each category to expand for more information.

ACTING

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.

PRODUCTION

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

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.

DIRECTING

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.
THE FOLLOWING ARE NOT USABLE AS INDUCTION POINTS, UNLESS THEY ARE EARNED DURING REGULAR DCC THEATRE PRODUCTIONS.

ACTIVITY

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.

COMPETITION

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.

WRITING

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.

LEADERSHIP

TROUPE OFFICER [ 6 points ]

Serve as an elected troupe officer for an entire school year, completing all responsibilities of your office.

      • President
      • Vice President
      • Secretary
      • Treasurer