Ampersand

Ampersand is the joint theatre company of St. Catherine's and St. Christopher's schools.

THE OFFICIAL THESPIAN POINT SYSTEM MODIFIED FOR USE BY TROUPE #3717


The International Thespian Society is the only organization to honor secondary school students for outstanding work in theatre. The resolution with which the Society approaches this role is evident in its focus on the students; their achievements, involvement, and access to quality theatre arts instruction are basic concerns of ITS.


Thespian membership is granted for the performance of meritorious work in theatre arts, which meets the Society’s general guidelines. Specifically, students become members by earning points for their work. 
Sponsors should notify their theatre arts students, production participants, or drama club members that records of their activities will be maintained and that Thespian membership may be conferred when qualifications have been met. The troupe Membership Secretary is responsible for maintaining these records. To encourage emphasis on the quality of work and to prevent competition for points, the number of points accrued by each student remains confidential and is known only to the Membership Secretary. 


The points listed on the below are the maximum that usually may be earned for a specific assignment. Sponsors may award additional points for any task performed with exceptional merit. The awarding of points is at the discretion of the supervising sponsor and is final.

The following are general guidelines on the awarding of points:

  • One point represents approximately ten hours of excellent work. The quality of work is more important than the numbers of hours. Sponsors should use this formula in awarding points for items not specifically listed in the point system.
  • To attain Thespian membership, a student must earn twenty points, ten of which must be acquired at the school where he or she is to be inducted. Exceptions to the ten-point rule may be made in the case of students who transfer in the Junior or Senior year.

 

  • Thespian membership will be awarded on a democratic basis to all students who qualify according to the requirements of the point system. No student will be elected into the Society. No student will be denied membership if he or she has accumulated the required twenty points and has fulfilled all membership requirements.
  • A student must participate in at least two full-length productions, or one full-length and two one-acts, or four one-acts. Participation should be in at least two of the listed categories, for example, acting and production.
  • A student must be at least a sophomore.
  • Failure to attend Strike will result in the loss of points accrued on that production.
  • Students may earn up to five points toward membership through participation at the middle school level, in community, children’s or professional theatre, or in other activities in the performing arts. They may earn additional points after induction at the sponsor’s discretion and upon proof of participation.
  • When students qualify for membership, they should be notified that they are eligible to join the International Thespian Society. Students should be informed of the cost of the membership fee and date/site of the induction ceremony. No hazing of student candidates is permitted. After Thespians have attained membership, further recognition for their outstanding work in theatre arts may be indicated by awarding stars for each additional ten points—or one hundred hours—earned.


SHORT /FULL LENGTH PLAY


Acting


Major role-------------------------------4/8

Minor role-------------------------------3/5

Walk-on---------------------------------1/2

Chorus----------------------------------1/3

Dancer ---------------------------------1/3

Understudy----------------------------1/2

Principal Actor (bonus)-------------1/2

 

Design


Set designer--------------------------4/8

Lighting Designer -------------------4/8

Costume Designer------------------4/8

Sound Designer----------------------3/6

Props Designer-----------------------3/6

Production

Principal SM (bonus)----------------2/4

ATD/Head Tech----------------------5/10

Production Assistant----------------4/8

Stage Manager-----------------------4/8

Asst. Stage Manager----------------3/6

Key Grip--------------------------------3/6

Master Electrician--------------------3/6

Scene Shop Manager---------------3/6

Costume Shop Manager----------3/6

Props Master--------------------------4/8

Grip--------------------------------------2/4

Gaffer-----------------------------------2/4

Follow Spot----------------------------2/4

Set construction crew---------------3/5

Costumer------------------------------ 3/6

Dresser---------------------------------2/4

Properties Crew----------------------2/4

Properties Run Crew----------------2/4

Sound Board Operator-------------3/5

Special Effects Specialists--------2/3

Makeup Manager--------------------3/5

Makeup crew-------------------------1/3

Business

Publicity manager--------------------3/5

Publicity crew-------------------------2/3

House manager----------------------2/4

Ushers----------------------------------1/2

Directing

Director---------------------------------5/10

Assistant director--------------------3/6

Orchestra director-------------------4/8

Asst. orchestra director------------2/5

Choreographer-----------------------4/7

Asst. choreographer----------------3/5

SHORT/FULL LENGTH
Writing


Original play (produced)-----------------5/10

Orig. radio script (prod.)-----------------4/6

Orig. play (not produced)----------------2/4

Orig. radio script (not produced)--- ---1/2

Miscellaneous


Accompanist--------------------------------4/8

Musician--------------------------------------2/5

Poster Design-------------------------------3/3

Choregia  (added to yearly total)


Any position-4

 

Award Total Points
Honor Thespians


One star 35

Two stars 45

Three stars 55

Four stars 65

Honor Bar 75