At MHS, any student
interested in activities related to the production and performance of plays or musical theatre is invited to become involved
in “Thespians”.On our campus, we have an active troupe of The International
Thespian Society (ITS), the honorary theatre organization for students in high schools all over the world.Members of this organization are known as “Thespians” after the first actor of the Greek period
who stepped out of the chorus to deliver individual lines.Students who work
to help produce plays, either on, or backstage, earn points based on the number of hours worked.When a student has worked at least 100 hours or ten (10) points and met the criteria for troupe membership,
they participate in an induction ceremony.They are included on the roster of
the honor society and receive recognition in drama programs at MHS.
Any student who volunteers their time and enthusiasm
to the program becomes an “Apprentice Thespian” while continuing to work towards formal induction.Most students who participate in the program enroll in one of the Theatre Arts courses, but it is not required.Students, who have already earned ITS membership hours at another high school and
then transfer to MHS, can have those points officially transferred.Other production
work done at a non-ITS affiliated school or organization may be eligible for point assignments.More information is available from the faculty sponsor.
Thespian activities include monthly meetings,
social events, productions and for qualified students, school sponsored trips to state and national theatre conferences and
conventions.Additional recognition and awards are earned by thespians as they
continue to be active members.Students are eligible for a Memorial letter jacket
after earning points for at least 400 hours or forty (40) points of production work and fulfilling district requirements and
earning.The students in the department are also given opportunities to participate
in State and National Thespian Festivals which can earn the individual and school recognition and scholarships and prizes.The Theatre Arts Program has an active and generous Theatre Booster Club that provides
hundreds of hours of support, financial aid and limitless appreciation of the student’s efforts.Thespians share a common interest in theatre, but are of all different backgrounds and types.The Thespian Troupe is one of the most open and welcoming organizations on campus.We invite you to join.Information about new member events
and activities is published on the callboard and additional information is in the Black Box Theatre, PA-104 or can be viewed
online @ www.mhstheatre.com.
INTERNATIONAL THESPIAN SOCIETY TROUPE #2980 CONSTITUTION
Section 1. This organization shall be called Troupe #2980 of the International Thespian Society, a branch of the Educational Theatre
Section 2.The purpose of this troupe shall be the advancement of standards of excellence in
Theatre.More specifically, the troupe shall encourage students to attain
Mastery of the Theatre Arts.
Section 3.The organization forbids secrecy; membership is given as recognition for meritorious work in the Theatre Arts.
Section 1.All nominees for active membership shall be regularly enrolled as students of
MemorialSenior High School.
Section 2.All active members must have participated in at least two (2) full-length plays, and
have earned a minimum of then (10) points, i.e., 100 hours of superior work.Also,
active members must be enrolled in grades 9-12.
Section 3.Final authority concerning membership requirements shall be vested in the troupe
sponsor, Mrs. Nicole Rae Morgan.
Section 4.Honorary membership may be granted to adults for extraordinary and worthy
assistance in the promotion of theatre arts in the school and community.
Section 1.MHS Troupe 2980 Board Members are selected by the sponsor through interview and application process which includes
nomination from the student membership.This process begins in April.
Section 2.Requirements for all elected officers are as follows:
Each student must be an active member of the troupe for at least one school year,
At the time of election the student must be enrolled in grades 9-11.
Section 3.The officer duties are listed in the additional By-Laws.
Section 4.General skills for officers are listed below.
1.Must work well
with others and lead the group appropriately
2.Must be available
to work with the sponsor and organize officer and general meetings.
3.Must be present
at all of the troupe’s activities.
of theatre and all of the arts
1.Must work well
with others and be able to lead the group in an appropriate way.
2.Must be available
to work with the sponsor.
3.Must be present
at all of the troupe’s activities.
of theatre and all of the arts
1.Must be able
to handle the financial accounts of the club.
2.Will be responsible
for the club shirts.
3.Will be responsible
for the fundraising of the group.
4.Must be a supporter
of all participants and willing to help all reach their goals of fundraising successfully.
5.Work with the
adult booster club board
1.Must be able
to handle attendance at meetings
2.Must be able
to uphold the constitution of the group
3.Must be willing
to enforce demerit system set by the student members
4.Must be able
to organize and keep track of the demerit and merit system for the organization
5.Must have a
basic understanding of Robert’s Rules of Order
1.Must take notes
at all meetings and type them.They must be posted on the callboard within three
days of the meeting.
2.Must have computer
3.Must have a
basic understanding of website so that they can update changes
4.Must be able
to organize a guest list for special events
1.Must keep account
of all of the club’s activities in a scrapbook that is presented to the troupe at the ITS Initiation in May.
2.Must have a
camera or access to one.
articles to various news agencies (local and school) and the school office to ensure complete coverage of theatre events.
4.In charge of
putting together a booth space at ITS State Festival.
Section 4.The duties of the sponsor will be to oversee all troupe activities, to be the final
authority in the initiation of new members and to be the guide of the
Section 5.The Executive Student Board shall be composed of the sponsor, all officers
and any honorary members appointed by the sponsor.
Section 6.The Student Board will include all of the officers of the Executive Student Boardand Committee Chairs within the organization.
Section 1.Each month, al least one officer and/or board meeting shall be held after school hours in the Black Box Theatre and
at least 7 general meetings will be held in a school year.
Section 2.The sponsor, or any officer, may call special meetings or committee meeting by a quorum vote.
Section 3.A quorum shall be fifty percent of the active membership and must include two
Section 4.Any member who is absent for three meeting per school year, three rehearsals during
any current production, unless they have an excuse considered valid by the sponsor or
who does not participate in a current production, which would earn one or more
points, shall receive a letter putting them on probation.Any member
who causes deliberate dissension, which would disrupt the workings of any production or business meetings, shall be dropped
from active membership by a vote of two thirds of the membership with the consent of the sponsor.Any member requesting readmittance after suspension must have the consent of the sponsor and two thirds
of the membership.
Section 5.Probation is a temporary classification.The length of time the probation
is in place will be determined by the sponsor and will not exceed four weeks.
Article V.Dues, etc.
Section 1.EdTA submits dues to Memorial High School Troupe 2980 and must be paid by the 1st of September each year.
Section 2.There shall be a yearly membership fee of $40 for any student involved in the theatre program.It shall be paid by each initiated individual and made payable to Memorial High School which will be deposited
in the theatre activity account.
Section 3.There shall be an initial membership due of $25 per initiated individual made payable to Memorial High School that
will be sent in one check to EDTA, the National Organization.Students will not
be initiated without payment.
Section 1.All amendments to this constitution must have the vote of two thirds of the troupe membership.This constitution and its amendments shall be subject to change according to any or all requirements of
the International Thespian Society.
Section 1.Late arrival or leaving early from meetings or rehearsals without a reason considered valid by the Theatre director/sponsor
will be counted as tardy.This must be given as soon as possible but a
minimum of 24 hours in advance.Three such offenses will be counted as an absence
from a meeting without excuse.
Section 2.Regular after school meetings will begin at 3:10 p.m. in BBT unless special notice is posted.
Section 3.Irregular attendance indicates a lack of interest; therefore any member absent three meetings/rehearsals per school
year without written excuse submitted to the Secretary, Stage Manager or sponsor the day of, or after the scheduled meeting/rehearsal
shall be automatically suspended from the active roll or membership.
Section 4.Attendance shall be considered in the service hour system established by the troupe and toward the inclusion of students
to various functions the department attends.Each meeting will earn the student
one hour of service to the department.
Section 5.Absences shall accumulate for only one school year at a time.
Section 1.Inductions shall be held twice each year, or as often as deemed necessary.
Section 2.The sponsor will finalize the time and place of induction.
Section 3.The Vice-President will be held responsible for the training of the speakers of the induction ceremony, must schedule
and rehearse said speakers, as well as take care of the preparation of the stage and induction properties.
Section. 1.The troupe is not a secret organization, so faculty and students interested in theatre, as well as honorary members
and alumni, shall be invited to its meetings.
Section 2.The troupe shall sponsor at least one “charity” program a year for the purpose of establishing good relationships
with the community.
Section 3.The troupe shall cooperate with all of the departments and clubs in the school in helping them with the technical support
in the auditorium and black box theatre.
Section 1.The theatre director/sponsor will determine the exact number of points to be awarded in all theatrical and non-theatrical
Section 2.Points will be awarded as suggested by the point system of the International Thespian Society.You can find updates to the point system below at schooltheatre.org.
Section 3.Each student/thespian will be responsible for filling out any and all point information sheets prior to receiving said
points.This is done monthly and sheets are due by the 10th of each
month to the Parliamentarian.This may require signatures or presentation of
mementos/ticket stub for verification and forms are found in the black box theatre.
Section 4.The guidelines for the ITS Point System is included.Please note that
this is a guide and does not guarantee that an individual will receive full points for any position.
One-Act & Play
Major role 4 8
Minor role 3 5
Walk-on 1 2
Chorus 1 3
Dancer 1 3
Understudy 1 2
Stage manager 4 8
Stage crew 2 4
Lighting crew 2 3
Set designer 4 5
Set construction crew
Costumer 3 6
Costume crew 2 5
Properties crew 2 3
Sound technician 3
Sound crew 2 3
Video editor 1.5 2
Video crew 1.5 3
Makeup manager 3 5
Pianist 3 6
Musicians 2 3
Business manager 4
Business crew 2 4
Publicity manager 3
Publicity crew 2 3
Ticket manager 2 4
Ticket crew 1 3
House manager 2 4
House crew 1 2
Ushers 1 2
Programs 1 3
Program crew 1 2
One-Act and Full
Director 4 8
Vocal director 3 6
Assistant vocal director
Orchestra or band director
band director 2 5
Choreographer 4 7
Original play (produced)
Orig. radio script
(prod.) 4 6
Orig. TV script (prod.)
Orig. play (unproduced)
Orig. radio script
(unproduced) .5 1.5
Orig. TV script (unprod.)
Miscellaneous Oral interpretation 2
Duet acting scenes
Participation in theatre
festival or contest
Attending theatre festival
Assembly program 1
Officers President 6
Vice president 4
Troupe directors may
award points on an hourly basis for attending productions, or they may award .5 point for attending a production and writing
a substantial critique or report demonstrating the educational value of the experience.
Section 1.Board shall be selected by sponsor through application (with nomination from membership).
Section 2.Nominations for officers are to be made by application.Officers will
be elected by a board and sponsor recommendation.
Section 3.Interviews will be held in the spring to be considered for the student board.Once the interviews are completed, a recommendation will be given to the selected board to vote on the officer positions.
Section 4.Three members, including one officer, may request in writing to the sponsor, a recall election of all or any elected
officers.This written request must state the need for such an election.A special meeting will be scheduled within five school days upon receive of the request,
for the purpose of voting on whether or not a recall election is necessary.Two
thirds of the membership is required to mandate a recall election.If a recall
election is necessary, election of officers will follow the procedure set in Article V. Section 2.
Section 1.Officers shall be installed in May unless special circumstances exist.
Section 1.This constitution was officially adopted on September 10, 2000 and ratified onAugust 26, 2008 and again on August 18, 2009 and finally on August 17, 2011.
Article VIII. Alcohol, Tobacco and Drugs
Section 1.In the event a student is found to have possession of alcohol, tobacco or drug products while on a school sponsored
trip or while at a school sponsored rehearsal or performance, the student will be sent home immediately and the appropriate
Section 2.If found guilty of possession of alcohol, tobacco or drug products the student will be removed from the program along
with whatever school punishment is sentenced.The student will remain removed
from the program for the remainder of the academic school year.
Section 3.If a student returns to the program after a one-year suspension and is found guiltyonce again of possession of alcohol, tobacco or drug products the student will be removed from the program for the
remainder of their high school career along with whatever school punishment is sentenced.
Article IX.Conflict Resolution.
Section 1.In the event issues/conflicts arise between a Thespian and a Sponsor, which cannot be solved through communication
between the two parties, the issue should be resolved by the school administration.
Section 2.In the event issues/conflicts arise between a thespian and a chaperone, two thespians or other two parties—the
sponsor and any other appropriate school personnel will handle the issue.
Section 1. Any member of ITS will be put on probation after receiving 15 demerits and will be removed from the honors program
after acquiring 20.
Section 2.The demerit
system is listed below:
Talking/chatter during warm-ups, notes, meetings or rehearsal when students have been asked to be quiet will result
in 1 demerit.
Not wearing closed-toe shoes in the theatre work areas or not wearing proper dance/rehearsal attire will result in
Not wearing a required theatre/show shirt on required days or during travel will result in 2 demerits.
Unexcused Absence is 3 demerits.Students are expected to call or email
in by 10 a.m. and submit written note if applicable.
Failure to meet a financial obligation or form due date will result in 4 demerits.
If a student does not participate in a mainstage production earning a minimum of one thespian point they will receive
Failure to attain 12.5 theatre service hours of the required 25 on or before December 12th will result in
Failure to clean up costume area and properly hang costumes will earn 7 demerits.
ISS assignment during the school year will result in 8 demerits.
Not fulfilling an officer/board duty or responsibility will result in 9 demerits.
Public display of disrespect towards a director, department or member of the department will result in 10 demerits.
Students found guilty of possession or use of drugs, alcohol or narcotics will receive 20 demerits and removed from
Section 3.A student
will be put on probation if they have 15 demerits.An officer or board member
will be removed from their position if they receive 15 demerits.
on demerits should be presented to the Parliamentarian, who will bring them to the board for vote. All board members will
get one equal vote. If 51% of the board votes in favor of dismissing the demerit, it will be dismissed.
can be obtained to correct offenses. One merit cancels out one demerit. In order to obtain a merit, an ITS member must work
1 hour for the department. These hours do not also count for the 25 required hours for the year.
Memorial Theatre Officer/Board By-Laws
Being a Memorial Theatre officer requires you
to be a living representation of the Memorial Theatre Mission Statement which is “Act well your part; there all the
honour lies”.In addition, it will require more time than the average theatre
members and you must be willing and able to commit your time and efforts to the success of the Memorial Theatre Program.Listed below are the requirements of an officer for this organization.
I.Eligibility of an Officer
a.Grades--All officers must maintain an overall 6-weeks grade average of 70.If the average is below 70, the officer will be given a 6-week grace period while being placed on probation.If the grade average is not raised to a 70 during the grace period, the officer will be dismissed.
i.Two “N”s or one “U” in conduct grades for disciplinary reasons for each 6-week
will result in a 6-week grace period while being placed on probation.Conduct
grades must be brought up to “S” and “E” in all classes during the grace period or the officer will
ii.If an officer is suspended, expelled, transferred to an alternative school or receives detentions for
2 disciplinary offenses the officer will be dismissed.
c.Class Requirements (effective May 2008)
i.Officers must be enrolled in a theatre class the entire year unless a conflict of interest occurs.It must be approved by the ITS Board.
ii.If an officer drops their theatre class, the board must meet to discuss the officer position.
a.Officer candidates must meet eligibility requirements.
b.All candidates must have attend department meetings during the year they run for office.
c.All candidates must be a member or eligible to be a member of the International Thespian Society, Troupe 2980,
must be inducted at the Spring Ceremony and have paid their dues for membership.
d.All officer candidates must petition for election with a given and necessary amount of signatures of current
members with at least 10 ITS Points each, excluding seniors.
e.Petitions for office must be turned in with the officer packet and a completed questionnaire stating why the
candidate wishes to attain a board member position.
f.Any candidate who is elected must attend the retreats and officer meetings.
g.The only excuses accepted for missing a required event for an officer will be at the discretion of the Directors.Examples would include illness or family bereavement.
a.In the event that a board member is removed or resigns, the first alternate will fill the open office and the
next highest-ranking candidate who accepts the position will fill the vacant slot.A
reasonable effort will be made to keep the number deemed appropriate by the sponsor.
b.In the case that the President is removed or resigns, the Vice-President will take his/her place and the highest-ranking
board member will assume the role of Vice-President.
c.In the event of co positions, the co will fulfill the duties of the office.
d.If any officer wishes to resign, a written letter must be given to the President and the Sponsor.
i.Board member meetings are to be held once monthly at the school.
ii.President calls the meeting to order.
iii.Any remaining old business will come from the secretary’s minutes of the previous meetings.
iv.New issues are presented, discussed and voted on if necessary.
v.The next meeting time is announced.
vi.The meeting is adjourned.
vii.Officer notebooks and calendars are required at every board meeting.
b.Voting at Meetings
i.Majority rule will only pass any business issue.
ii.President will vote only to break a tie on any issue.
iii.If a tie still exists, the director will vote to break the tie.
c.Attendance at Meetings
i.Officers must be present at all board and general meetings.(For
acceptable excuses, refer to Article II, J)
ii.One unexcused absence from a Board Meeting will be allowed, however, 3 demerits will be given automatically.The second unexcused absence will result in dismissal.
iii.Officers are expected to wear the required theatre shirt the entire school day of which a department
meeting and ITS Meetings are held.
iv.70% of the board members and a director must be present to hold a meeting.Only the President with a Director’s approval or a Director may call emergency meetings.
v.All officers must submit grievances, suggestions, and agenda items to be addressed, no later than the
board meeting, which is held prior to the department meeting.
vi.Meetings may not be cancelled without a board vote and Director’s approval.
vii.Officers will be expected to help set up and clean up after all meetings.
i.Officers must review the Constitution, Manual of Policies and Procedures and “Tips for Success
in the MHS Theatre”, and make revisions if necessary.If any revisions
are made to the Constitution for the current year, the board must ratify them unanimously.
ii.The officer board will brainstorm and discuss goals for the upcoming year.
iii.Officers will update their calendars.
a.Description of Board Positions
i.President:calls meetings (board and general) to order,
presides over all meetings, encourages other officers to fulfill their duties, recognizes those who want to speak at meetings,
maintains communication between officer board and directors, makes meeting agenda and gives to Secretary to be typed for the
department and ITS Meetings, sends periodic mailers to all members and parents and prepares all audition sign-ups, contracts
and audition information unless a stage manager is named.
ii.Vice-President: Carries out President’s duties in their absence, notifies and communicates with
committees, parents and chair-persons, keeps track of ITS Membership, maintains database and provides information to Booster
Club Officers.They also are the spearhead of all activities of the troupe.
iii.Secretary: Keeps minutes of department and ITS meetings, posts minutes on callboard, gives a copy of
all minutes to President, directors and administrators, makes copies and distributes agenda for meetings, keeps a copy of
agendas, corresponds with other troupes and organizations as necessary, gives Thank-You notes as necessary, updates sponsor
and parent address labels, maintains the suggestion box and helps with the website.
iv.Treasurer: Maintains budget of the organization and spearheads all fund-raising for individuals and
the organization, works with the booster club to handle t-shirt sales, handles all dues collection along with booster club
and maintains up-to-date financials.
v.Parliamentarian: Keeps order at meetings, keeps attendance for meetings, gives copies of attendance
to Secretary and President, manages demerit system, keeps track of Manual of Policies and Procedures, makes communication
directory of all current members and transfers the points from the written point sheets to the database in the computer.
vi.Historian: Collects and takes photos and arranges for the videotaping of all productions, rehearsals,
trips, crews, meetings and other departmental events.Creates a comprehensive
memory book of the year, handles ITS State board and presents these items at the end of the year banquet.
vii.ComedySportz Liaison: responsible for maintaining communication flow regarding their calendar and events
and develops the schedule for set-up and take down for matches.Is also in charge
of posting information regarding practices schedule and informing coach about practices and match participants.
viii.Publicity Manager: In charge of publicizing all productions, meetings and other activities, lead publicity
crews, communicate events through posters, announcements at the high school through television announcements and callouts,
work with the MHS Theatre Booster Club Inc to send press releases.
ix.Community Outreach:Responsible for all community obligations
and coordinates community service projects.Maintains communications with middle
schools and handles spring socials and visits.
x.Tutoring supervisor: Responsible for maintaining and posting tutoring that is available through the
department.Liaison for all students that require additional academic support.
b.Other Assigned Duties-Officer Duty Days are weeks during a month that an officer is assigned to stay after school
for at least 30 minutes, beginning no earlier than 3:00 p.m. and no later than , for the duration of the year to assist the Directors and fellow thespians with any business that needs to
be attended to.Officers must sign out on the calendar in the theatre office.If they fail to attend, it must be noted on the calendar.Upon the second unexcused absence, two demerits will be automatically given for each subsequent absence.
VII.Officer Board Demerit System:This system of demerits has been
created as motivation for the positive behavior of a board member.The goal of
the system is that its enforcement will help the board as a whole.An officer
will be dismissed from the board is he/she acquires 15 demerits and demerits will be posted.The demerit and merit system is written above in the constitution.