Thespian Troupe 642
Students involved in dramatic and musical productions have a wide range of opportunities to explore acting, technical, advocacy, fine arts outreach, and directing opportunities.
When a student has participated in enough of these opportunities in high school, there is often a natural desire to elevate one's participation in theatre in order to give back to the school and community in the form of theatre-related service and to do so with other students who have demonstrated the same level of passion for theatre.
The Thespian troupe allow students an opportunity to be leaders in productions and spend extra time enjoying theatrical arts with other theatre students. The troupe is run by five elected officers who work with the troupe director to create yearly agendas, and members may include Thespian membership on job, college, and scholarship applications.
Earning Thespian Points
Why might a student wish to be inducted into MHS Thespian Troupe 642?
Students involved in dramatic and musical productions have a wide range of opportunities to explore acting, technical, advocacy, fine arts outreach, and directing opportunities. When a student has participated in enough of these opportunities in high school, there is often a natural desire to elevate one's participation in theatre in order to give back to the school and community in the form of theatre-related service and to do so with other students who have demonstrated the same level of passion for theatre. The Thespian troupe allow students an opportunity to be leaders in productions and spend extra time enjoying theatrical arts with other theatre students. The troupe is run by five elected officers who work with the troupe director to create yearly agendas, and members may include Thespian membership on job, college, and scholarship applications.
How many points do I need to be eligible for induction into MHS Thespian Troupe 642?
Students earn Thespian points through contributions to theatre in a variety of forms. A student must earn seventeen points across two categories from the official Points Chart (see next section) to be eligible for troupe induction.
Thespian Points Chart
Click HERE to view the Educational Theatre Association's Official Points Chart used by MHS Thespian Troupe 642. Any points modifications, if done, are adopted via official changes to troupe constitution bylaws via troupe vote. The troupe director has the final decision on awarding full, additional, or partial points depending on an individual student's effort.
Thespian Officer Elections
Click HERE to view the descriptions of each officer role. Current sophomores and juniors are eligible to run for next year's officer team. Students may declare their own candidacy or be nominated by another Thespian troupe member by emailing the staff troupe director, Mrs. Hanisch, by 7:30 AM, Wednesday, April 29. Nominated students will be notified by the troupe director and must officially accept their nomination in order to run for office.
Students running for office are asked to create a 60-second election speech campaign video. If running for more than one office, twenty seconds may be added to the video for each office for which the student is running. Campaign videos are due to be emailed to officer Liam Hughes and staff director Mrs. Hanisch by noon, Sunday, May 1st.
Elections will be held remotely via a Google Form ballot which will be made available on Monday, May 2nd to all current and prospective '22-'23 inductee troupe members.
How do I find out my current Thespian Points total?
Students may inquire with the troupe director or the troupe president. Students may ask for a copy of their current points at any time by emailing the troupe director to request a copy.
What if I think there is an error in my Thespian Points record?
To submit a points inquiry, please complete this online INQUIRY FORM within three days of learning about the error. Forms submitted after three days of receiving a points update will not be eligible for review to discourage last minute points grabbing.
Winter One-Act/Monologue Festival
The MHS Thespian Troupe is proud to sponsor 2-3 student-directed one-acts alongside individual monologue performances.
Interested in student directing for a January 2024 performance? Any MHS Theatre Dept. sophomore or junior may apply to direct a one-act for the one-act season of mid-Nov. 2023 to early January 2024.
The process to apply for a student directorship is listed below:
Step 1 is to READ: Before You Decide to Direct
Step 2 is to READ: Rules for Interested Student Directors (and their Guardians)
Step 3 is to FIND A SCRIPT: Either write your own ROUGH DRAFT script by May 21, 2022, or select a title from room 41 (make sure to officially check out the script with Mrs. H) or via sites such as these royalty-free one-act sites.
Step 3 is to APPLY: Click the Application Form only after you have read the above links and have 1-2 one-act scripts selected.
DEADLINE TO APPLY IS MONDAY, MAY 22, 2023
How to Audition for One-Acts
Tips to prepare for one-act auditions are offered prior to auditions.
How to Audition for Monologues
Actors looking to audition for a monologue should memorize and videorecord 10-15 seconds of a monologue, ideally one with a serious, moody, dramatic, mysterious, or thrilling tone. They should submit this monologue audition video to the director by the announced deadline. The monologue you audition with is not necessarily the final monologue you will perform on Jan. 6th. It is ok to present only a portion of a monologue for your audition. --- Need help finding monologues? Consider looking through Mrs. Hanisch's monologue books in her classroom (books must be officially checked out) and/or at these monologue resources:
Actors looking to write their own monologue for this mystery-themed evening must follow these rules in order to perform:
All monologue topics and scripts must be approved by the director.
The monologue must be between 60-90 seconds in performance length.
Because of the theme of the festival, the monologue should revolve around a subject that is either thrilling, mysterious, or suspenseful. Characters may exhibit unusual psychological traits, but avoid wording or plot situations which cross a school-appropriate line. The monologue should be rated PG-13 at the most. If you are unsure if your topic is appropriate for school, discuss the issue with the directors before fully writing your script.
All festival day scripts must be FULLY completed on a Google Doc with no additional changes by the announced deadline. THIS DEADLINE IS FIRM. You may share script docs with the director prior to that date, but that date is the last date for script changes and sharing with directors.
You must perform the monologue as written and approved to earn Thespian points and maintain good standing within the MHS Theatre Dept.