Supporting Theatre At Ranch (STAR)


Melissa Martin


Patti Vanderburg


Rob Theriot



Darci Harrison

Vice President

Jill Jarvis


Amber Strickland

Comedy Sportz Coordinator

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I find information for Cypress Ranch Theatre?

All information related to Cypress Ranch Theatre can be found on our web site Supporting Theatre At Ranch (STAR) is the booster club that manages this web site as well our Facebook pages. We have a closed Facebook page for all company members, as well as a public page to promote our season and troupe accomplishments.

What are thespian points and how do I earn thespian points?

Thespian points are earned by students through participation in the department’s many productions and sponsored activities. The student Leadership Council is responsible for documenting thespian points which are awarded by the directors who oversee the process. Thespian points are used for earning graduation cords and stoles, letter jacket requirements, and induction into the International Thespian Society(ITS). Thespian points will be documented in the student’s profile in CHARMS by the end of each semester. It is the responsibility of each student to confirm accuracy of points awarded. All questions regarding discrepancies should be submitted in writing to the leadership council, and will be reviewed by the directors and STAR board to ensure accuracy.

How are show credits calculated?

Show credits are given based on the type of productions and rehearsal requirements for the production. Mainstage shows, UIL, and Comedy Sports all receive 1 show credit and are audition based productions. Class showcases and blackbox productions receive a ½ show credit.

How do I get inducted into the International Thespian Society(ITS)?

Students qualify for induction into ITS by receiving 2 show credits and 10 thespian points. A formal induction ceremony occurs yearly at the theatre banquet. There is a student registration fee to become an ITS member. All students who qualify at the end of the school year will be notified prior to banquet.

What is the State and National Thespian Festival?

The Texas State Thespian Festival occurs at the end of the first semester in Dallas. It is a 3 day conference filled with Individual Event (IE) competitions for actors and technicians, workshops, and staged performances. ITS members may also submit original works for film, playwriting and musical playwriting competitions. Students who achieve superior ranking at State Thespian Festival, or win one of the film/playwriting competitions, qualify to attend the National Thespian Festival held at the end of June in Lincoln, NE. The national festival is a week-long conference similar to state festival. Juniors and Seniors also have the opportunity to participate in college auditions and scholarship auditions at both the state and national levels. Deadlines for original works submission are located on the Texas Thespian Festival web site.

How do I qualify to represent our troupe at State Thespian Festival?

In class auditions occur at the beginning of the school year. Performance IEs include Monologue, Duet Acting, Group Acting, Solo Musical, Duet Musical and Group Musical. Technical IE’s include, Costume Design, Costume Construction, Light Design, Scenic Design, Stage Management and Theatre Marketing. Each troupe may enter 6 performance IEs and 7 technical IEs and are not limited to one event in each category. Participation in auditions requires a signed parent approval slip ensuring intentions to travel to nationals should the event advance. All decisions are made by the directors and our troupe strives to provide the opportunity to attend State to as many students as possible. This is considered a varsity activity and ITS membership is required to audition. Students who meet the induction criteria with Fall productions may be considered for spots on the troupe and must pay for induction prior to State. More information will be presented at Booster Club meetings regarding costs for participation and travel costs for Nationals.

Who can audition for UIL One Act Play?

UIL One Act Play is considered a varsity production, however, all students registered in theatre classes and in good standing are encouraged to audition. UIL guidelines limit the number of participants in UIL OAP. Due to the size of our overall troupe, our directors choose to add additional alternates who participate in all rehearsals but are not listed on the official UIL roster for state competition. Additional alternates earn their UIL credit and benefit from the process of UIL on an educational level.

What other UIL opportunities are available in theatre?

Participation in UIL is a requirement to earn a theatre letter jacket. The state offers additional theatre UIL opportunities in film and technical theatre. Please see individual guidelines on the State UIL guidelines for additional information. Participation in a submitted film or technical category does qualify the student for their UIL show credit. Participation in these two areas of our department increase the opportunities for students to letter in theatre.

How can I earn my letter jacket?

Letter jacket requirements are located on our web site documents “Letter Jacket Qualifications” Due to the size of our department and competitive nature of audition based productions, it is encouraged that students get involved early and often in all aspects of Cypress Ranch Theatre to improve opportunities to earn a theatre letter jacket. Jackets are ordered 2 times during the school year. Opportunities to purchase jackets will be posted in class and on our closed Facebook group. Those who believe they have met the requirements should request to be added to the letter jacket list submitted to the school. It is the responsibility of each individual student to meet purchasing deadlines by attending school wide sizing dates after qualification has been confirmed and submitted.

How do I join the Drama Club?

Supporting Theatre At Ranch Students (STAR) is the student organization for active theatre students. Any student registered in theatre may choose to become a member of STARS.  A one-time $25 membership fee covers a troupe t-shirt, social activities during the school year and qualifies the student to attend our theatre banquet at the end of the year. All students who participate in extracurricular productions and activities are required to be members of STARS. The Leadership Council is elected by their peers and approved by our directors to oversee STARS activities, and are responsible for our Jr Thespian Festival for middle school students and organizing our theatre banquet.

How do I get involved with the booster club?

STAR is a very active booster club and is responsible for producing our main stage productions in conjunction with cfisd. We require a large and active booster participation to maintain the quality of our productions and support for our directors and students. Booster Club meetings are the primary source of information for needs of the department and how you can help. We have a spot for anyone who wants to volunteer their time to support our directors to continue to provide outstanding theatre education at the high school level. Booster Club meeting dates and times will be posted on our web site and Facebook page, and will be send to all registered theatre students via email in CHARMS.  Our mission statement and Bi Laws are also located on our web page.