Thespian Point Cards - DUE MAY 1st:

  • If you already have a digital point card, we will be printing it and switching back to physical point cards. You can find the point card box in the theatre classroom (131), and you may update it anytime that is not disruptive.

  • If you need to start a point card, there are blank blue cards in the box.

  • Points are awarded for participation in theatre starting the summer before your freshman year.  When in doubt, go ahead and put it on your card!

  • Induction: 10 points

    • You receive a certificate, member card, pin, admission card, access to ThesCon

  • Honors: 1 star for each additional 10 points

    • 60 - Honor

    • 120 - National Honor

    • 180 - International Honor

  • Lettering: Every 50 pts

    • Up to quadruple lettering

    • First letter earns you a senior brick

  • Honors cords at graduation for all inductees


  • Kept in classroom, access anytime (within reason)

  • Be specific with entries

  • Roles onstage or backstage, festivals, shows attended as audience, etc.

  • Classes do not count unless it included a public performance.

  • If you’re not sure whether you will get points for something, go ahead and write it. No harm, no foul.

  • Additional pages can be attached

  • DO NOT TOTAL YOUR POINTS! We will do that.

  • Your card must be in the box by May 1st to be totaled.

Ponderosa Theatre Company

Thespian Troupe 5397 Point System

(subject to discretion by troupe director)


COMMON POINT VALUES - Adapted from international point guide shown below)

Drama Lettering Information

  • It is possible to earn letters in theatre.  Students earn points towards these letters through their active participation in the extra-curricular theatre program.  A point corresponds roughly to ten hours of service to the theatre program. Our point system is adapted from the point system used by the International Thespian Society.

    • You earn a letter at 50 points, and every 50 points afterward. Points carry over from year to year. 

    • In general, activities that earn a grade because they are for a class will not be counted towards lettering.

    • Students on multiple crews for the same productions may count the full amount for the highest-point-value assignment, then half of the second one.


Guidelines for awarding of Thespian points

  • The minimum eligibility requirement for Thespian induction is one hundred hours of quality work in theatre arts and related disciplines.

  • One Thespian point represents approximately ten hours of quality work. Use this formula to award points for duties that aren’t listed. Performing arts schools and others with mandatory participation may choose to change that to twenty hours or more to avoid point inflation and maintain the honorary nature of induction in that setting.

  • Inductees must earn ten points starting the summer before their freshman year, five of which should be for work done at the school where they will be inducted.

  • Thespians moving to other affiliated schools are entitled to transfer their memberships. Transferring Thespians bring a minimum of ten points with them to the new school. See the Thespian Troupe Handbook for details.

  • Inducted Junior Thespians automatically begin their high school careers with half of the points needed for high school Thespian induction, normally five of the ten induction points required.

  • Thespian membership will be made available on an equitable basis to all students who qualify. No student will be elected into the Society; and peers may not have a role in awarding points or deciding induction eligibility.

Thespian Honor Rank Summary

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STANDARD POINT VALUES as provided by the International Thespian Society

(serves as guide for our point values)

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