Junior International Thespian Society

  • The Junior International Thespian Society (ITS) is almost 80 years old and has individual high school and middle school troupes all over the world. ITS is an honor society for advanced theatre students and students who love to work in theatre in all aspects including acting, technical skills, design, marketing and theatre management. Any Bak student may join Troupe 88441 while earning points toward a formal initiation at the end of the school year. Although attending regular monthly meetings is encouraged, recognizing that our students have very busy schedules, it is not required. In order to join the club and attend the meetings students must turn in the ITS permission slip and registration forms. Those forms are available in the theatre building on the ITS bulletin board. Students WILL NOT be permitted to stay after school without the proper forms turned in.

    2023 Jr. ITS District 3 Festival - BAK MSOA Troupe 88441
    2024 Jr. ITS State Festival - BAK MSOA Troupe 88441

    Permission Slip for Jr. ITS Meetings:

    Permission Slip Link

    Parents, you must pick-up your student(s) at Bak MSOA by 5:15pm. Any students left at school after 5:15pm will be required to go to Curtain Calls and pay the fee. Students who need to take the activity bus can find the bus information here: Activity Bus Information
        *Please note there is a fee of $35 that will help us cover the cost of the induction ceremony, workshops, meetings, and other events. The fee can only be paid online via School Cash Online. You will find School Cash Online on the district website. If you need assistance with the fee please email Mr. Fredrickson.

    The International Thespian Society is the only theatre honor society for middle and high school students in the United States. Affiliation brings credibility and distinction to students, theatre programs, and schools. It is a visible, positive symbol of the quality of your theatre program.

    ITS recognizes, rewards, and encourages student achievement and celebrates the work of students in all aspects of theatre – performance and production. Each student is honored on a national level and gains access to opportunities and resources beyond those of their school.

    Our students will have the opportunity to be adjudicated at both a district and state level through the Festivals that are being presented in November and February. Because we have such a large troupe, we hold mini-festivals here at school. Students must present their work at these “minifests” if they are interested in participating district & state-wide. Below is some additional information:

    Minifest 2023

    Minifest is the Theatre Department’s annual individual events festival in which students have the opportunity to perform independently selected and rehearsed individual events pieces in front of a panel of judges for feedback. High scoring performances may be selected to represent our troupe at the Jr. International Thespian Society District Festival.

    Individual event performances are divided into 3 categories and takes place over the course of 2 different days:
    9/19 - Musical Theatre (Solo Musical, Duet Musical, Small Group Musical, Large Group Musical)
    9/20 - Technical Theatre (Costume Design, Set Design, Scene Writing, Publicity Design, Makeup Design)
    9/20 - Acting (Monologue, Duet Acting, Ensemble Acting, Pantomime, Improvisation)

    Students can sign up for minifest on the sign-up sheets beginning August 31st on the ITS bulletin board directly across from Mr. Fredrickson’s room (1-125).

    Thank you for your interest in this activity. We will confirm the district festival date as soon as we are able. If you have any questions about this club and its activities, please contact Mr. Fredrickson.