Thespian Troupe 4216
The International Thespian Society
The Troupe was first chartered in 1987.
Actors and actresses are called thespians in honor of Thespis, a Greek playwright and performer. Thespian with an uppercase “T” refers to a member of the International Thespian Society, the world’s largest honor society for theatre students. The designation “Thespian” includes student members who excel in technical and production fields as well as performance in their high school theatre. ITS is an honor society for theatre arts students.
LHNW students can earn membership in the International Thespian Society by earning points in theatre activities in performance, technical fields and production fields in a LHNW production. A limited number of points can be earned for work outside of LHNW. A student can join Thespians once they have 10 points. There is a one-time fee (dues) of $30 to become a member. Students receive a LHNW Letter at 20 Thespian points. Students receive additional recognition as they accumulate points. Students work with the Troupe Scribe to record their points. The Scribe will notify students when they are eligible to become a member. Students can complete the membership form and pay their dues any time after they reach eligibility. Students are inducted into Thespians and recognized for other point milestones and awards at the LHNW Awards Banquet held in June.
Throughout the year, Thespians participate in troupe events locally or chapter events with others from across their state. Local events are planned and run by the officers and members of Troupe 4216 and include the TOTS-EATS canned food drive for Gleaners and presentations at Freshmen Mixer (first day of school) and Crusader Day. In addition, the troupe sponsors theatre outings where members attend local productions at community theaters, universities, or other high schools. Also, the troupe sponsors trips to college/university Theatre Days (usually on a Saturday). Each year, Thespians from all over the state take part in the Michigan Thespian Festival, and Thespians from all over the country take part in the International Thespian Festival.
Members of ITS, called Thespians, receive EdTA’s publication, Dramatics, a monthly magazine that features new plays, practical articles on acting, directing, design, production, and profiles of working theatre professionals. In December, Dramatics releases a directory of college theatre programs to help the aspiring Thespian make the transition to college. Thespians also receive member pricing on resources and Thespian spirit items.
The president of Troupe 4216 for 2017-2018 is Grace Koltz. Other officers will be elected at the Back to School Potluck.