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What Do You Do With Your Charter?

  • 1.  What Do You Do With Your Charter?

    Posted 05-14-2019 09:12
    I have just started a new troupe at the school where I am the library teacher. The school is a very small town school district that had a failing theater department that was doing one musical every other year. This year I was asked if I would help the music teachers with directing a show (because they knew I had a theater background in high school and college) and I agreed. We had a VERY successful spring musical and now we have been given permission to start a theater club, two shows a year, and charter a Thespian Troupe. I was inducted into ITS back in the 1987 and wanted to help the theater program grow so I convinced the school admin that this was important. Yay!!

    Anyway, I received the Charter and Membership Roll yesterday and they are quite large and I am not sure what to do with them. We don't have a drama room and the stage we use is in the elementary school gym a couple of blocks away from the high school. I don't have wall space in the library to hang them and not sure I want them hung up anyway as they might get damaged. I could frame them but then I would have to take out the Membership Roll during inductions for signing. They won't fit in a file cabinet and I don't have a drawer big enough either. I could get an art portfolio case but still not sure where I will keep them as my storage space is limited.

    Any thoughts on storage and/or displaying options? What does your school do with your Charter and Membership Roll?


    Amy Williams
    District Librarian/Theater Teacher
    Thespian Troupe #8881
    Auburn High School
    Auburn, IL

  • 2.  RE: What Do You Do With Your Charter?

    Posted 05-14-2019 10:22
    I'd frame them and hang them. Yes, you have to take it out every year for signing, but it's worth it in the name of celebrating your thespians. If you don't have wall space in the library, hang them in the hallway, so everyone passing by sees your theater VIPs and knows the arts have a place of honor in your school.

    Josh Kauffman
    Winfield AL

  • 3.  RE: What Do You Do With Your Charter?

    Posted 05-15-2019 08:08
    I kept the box that EdTA sent the charter & membership role in. It worked well for storage, and I also kept other induction materials in it:  To Do List, Copy of the previous year's ceremony script, the fancy pen used to sign the membership role, etc. The box fits those documents well until you're ready to frame & hang. (Did you throw the box away? Order another membership role, and they'll send another box.)

    Susan Nieten
    Theatre Teacher & Thespian Troupe Director
    Noblesville High School
    Noblesville, IN
    @NHSTheatre @mrsnieten

  • 4.  RE: What Do You Do With Your Charter?

    Posted 05-16-2019 07:01
    I would ask to put it in whatever trophy cases the sports teams use. Or find out what honor programs like NHS do with theirs.

    “Even when the dark comes crashing through-
    when you need a friend to carry you-
    when you’re broken on the ground-
    you will be found.”
    -“Dear Evan Hansen."

    Disario, Jodi
    Drama/English teacher and Director
    Willow Glen High School

  • 5.  RE: What Do You Do With Your Charter?

    Posted 05-16-2019 13:48
    That's funny! I keep mine in its box too!

    Holly Thompson
    Worthington OH

  • 6.  RE: What Do You Do With Your Charter?

    Posted 05-16-2019 11:22
    I would recommend hanging it in the main office. At one of my schools we had it hung right next to the National Honor Society Charter to help people understand the importance of both honor societies. The signed pages would be great if displayed, but if space is truly an issue, I would either purchase a portfolio or create one out of thin cardboard.

    Congrats on the new troupe!

    Scott Wilson
    Fine Arts Consultant
    Ohio Department of Education
    Columbus OH

  • 7.  RE: What Do You Do With Your Charter?

    Posted 05-22-2019 15:53
    I framed ours along with the most recent Membership Role and put them in the trophy case along with the sports trophies in front of the main office. It’s an honorary after all. Isn’t that where it belongs? ;-)