Honor Troupe applications this year are due by March 22 and are submitted online. Presentations happen at the State Thespian Festival. Those who register online will receive further information about the presentation at State. CLICK HERE TO APPLY.
We are continuing to develop the process by which an Oregon Thespian Troupe earns the title HONOR TROUPE. Troupes must first qualify by earning at least 60 points on the online application form. At the State Festival, a student-led presentation is given around a “Spotlight Focus.”
The presentation is intended to focus on something which really makes your Troupe’s efforts stand out. We call it a SPOTLIGHT FOCUS, and it represents an activity or project that your Troupe undertook this year over and above your normal level of activity. It should represent a reach, or an innovative step, in how you use existing resources and/or develop new ones.
Using guidelines from other states’ processes, we have established a point system to help Troupes demonstrate a mean level of activity for their Troupe. When applying, you will be asked to provide information about your Troupe’s activities and projects in four areas: Theatre Production, Community Service, Participation (in Oregon Thespians) and Outreach.
The point system was developed to encourage a solid, balanced level of involvement and activity across those four areas. Up to 30 points may be earned for Theatre Production, up to 20 points for Community Service, up to 30 points for Participation, and up to 20 points for Outreach. We have set the mark at 60 points to establish a base level of involvement.
Once a troupe establishes this level, attention turns to a specific project or activity that stretched the Troupe’s resources, created innovative connections, represented a risk, or otherwise stood as an “over and above” attempt.
This is what we would like the Honor Troupe designation to honor: Troupes that maintain a balanced level of involvement and strive for excellence by stretching themselves in new and innovative ways.
Troupe presentations will be scheduled on the first day of the State Conference (the same day as Showcase Auditions and Tech Entries) and are to be given by students. Adjudicators will validate the Troupe’s claims and those who satisfy the requirements will be named Honor Troupe.
All Honor Troupes will receive a certificate and be recognized at the conclusion of the State Conference.