You need 10 troupe points and a lot of competition points to win a trip to the International Thespian Festival in Lincoln, Nebraska, set for June 2008.
Troupe points: You need 10 troupe points to be inducted into the Thespian troupe. You get these points for activities and service. Come to a meeting, you get 1/2 point. Audition for a play, you earn 1/2 point. Attend a performance, you earn 1 point. Participate in any performance-type activity, you can earn points. If you are doing these things, just let me know. I keep track of the points.
Once you're inducted into the troupe, you're a member for "life," which in the case of middle school means until you graduate from 8th grade.
The Thespian troupe is an honor society, so the recognition is the first benefit of being an inducted member.
And you must be an inducted member to participate in the International Festival at Lincoln, Nebraska.
Competition points: In order to win a free ticket to the International Festival, you need to have the most competition points in your category, or win one of the extra positions as a high-scorer. Competition points are DIFFERENT THAN troupe points. You get competition points by winning at the competitions here in Saipan. For each competition,
first place gets 6 points
second place--5 points
third place--4 points
fourth place--3 points
fifth place--2 points
all other participants--1 point
The total number of competition points earned during the competitions in Saipan determines your competition standing.
The system builds in an incentive for those who participate in every competition. If you compete in every competition, you have a better chance of accumulating more competition points.
Pointers: Read through the blog. Check out the links on the left and others you find on your own. Ask for help from Mr. G.--he's the MCS drama teacher and he knows a lot of tricks that can help you. And most importantly, PRACTICE your competition piece.
(For those doing mime, try it out over and over again in front of your friends and family and see what works. Change it as much and as often as you want to. For everyone else, you need to know the script and stick to the script.)
Meeting dates: I'm looking at Tuesdays for meetings in October, possibly October 2 and October 16. Please watch the blog for news and if you have questions or opinions, feel free to leave a comment.