Constitution

Last Revised: January 2020

Blood Brothers, 2018

Article I: Name

Henceforth, the name of this organization will be Torn Ticket II, created through the merger of Top Hat and Tails and Torn Ticket in May 1982.

Article II: Statement of Purpose

  1.  To produce musical theatre at Tufts University.
  2. To give each participating member an opportunity to learn and to be involved in the production of musical theatre.
  3. To produce a minimum of three (3) shows per year, including two (2) major productions and one (1) Orientation Week production.
  4. To maintain positive relations with Pen, Paint and Pretzels, the Department of Drama and Dance, the Music Department, and the Office of Campus Life.

Article III: Non-Discrimination Clause

Torn Ticket II abides by the TCU non-discrimination policy, which is as follows:

All members of the TCU shall be entitled to participate in any TCU-recognized organization without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity and expression, national or ethnic origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, or an individual’s previous affiliations in criteria for membership, assignment of voting privileges, or rank, except as otherwise provided by federal or state law or university policy.

  1. The only circumstances which necessitate one or more exceptions to Tufts’ nondiscrimination policy are if Student Religious Groups choose to abide by religious doctrine which specifically requires any further leadership criteria–such as ones that might be based on gender, sexual orientation or other categories–they must be explicitly stated, justified, and reviewed by the University Chaplaincy if used in Student Religious Group constitutions and applications for recognition (and re-recognition) by the TCU Judiciary.

Article IV: Membership

Section 1. General Membership

Any Tufts student, graduate or undergraduate, who has participated in any capacity in a Torn Ticket II production or has attended a general meeting is considered a general member of the organization. These members are encouraged to attend meetings and to participate in present and future productions. General members are eligible to vote on minor proposals.

Section 2: Voting Membership

  1. Voting membership will be determined immediately before any voting process. Voting membership will be retained until the voting member list is updated prior to the next (non-general) voting process. Once a student has become a voting member, they are henceforth considered a “returning” member, even if their membership lapses for one or more semesters.
  2. Only voting members may vote on major proposals, orientation show proposals, board elections, constitution changes, and removal of a board member.
  3. Voting Requirements
    1. Voting members must be undergraduate or graduate students who are currently enrolled in Tufts University.
    2. For voting on major proposals, members must have attended the proposal meeting.
    3. Members must have completed the necessary commitments, as outlined in Article IV, Section 2, D.
    4. Production or Rehearsal Staff Members signed on to the production being proposed may vote regardless of whether or not they meet the voting requirements.
  4. Commitments
    1. All voting members must have attended 50% or more of the general meetings thus far in the current semester and have  at least one (1) commitment to Torn Ticket II within the past academic year, OR have at least two (2) commitments to Torn Ticket II within the past academic year.
    2. A commitment is defined as any service to the organization for which the student is not monetarily compensated. Commitments can include, but are not limited to: being a member of the cast, crew, production staff or pit orchestra of a Torn Ticket II production; serving on the executive board; serving on the run crew of a major production; putting up or designing posters (with permission of the production’s producer); attending Hayes House cleanup; or anything else that the board deems appropriate.
    3. It is the sole responsibility of the member to submit their commitments at the time designated by the Secretary.
    4. Voting membership may be based on a not-yet-completed commitment at the discretion of the Secretary.  If, after voting, a member fails to complete their promised commitments, that member loses their membership status. The following semester they must complete another two commitments for membership.

Article V: Voting Procedures

Section 1. Voting Procedure for Major Productions

  1. All votes will be passed by a simple majority, which is defined as 50% plus one of the voting members present, not including abstentions. All voting will be completed by ballot.
  2. Major production voting may not occur without a quorum of two-thirds (2/3) of the entire voting membership present at the voting meeting.
  3. Each Executive Board member should be present for a vote on any major production. Executive Board members that are not present may submit their vote via electronic means to the Secretary or Media Archivist during the time of the meeting.  
  4. Ballots for major production voting will list the shows being proposed, the option to vote for none of the shows, and the option to abstain from voting altogether. To vote for a show members will circle the show name.
  5. If there are two or more proposals, and neither show nor the option “no to all shows” receives a simple majority on the first vote, then a second vote must be held. This second vote will include the two options, either two shows or one show and the “no to all” option, that received the highest number of votes on the ballot.
  6. If voting results in a tie, further discussion may be necessary. Another vote will then be cast. If this vote is a tie, then the Executive Board will make the final decision with no abstentions allowed.
  7. If the option “no to all shows” receives a simple majority, or if there are no qualified directors to propose a major, then the Executive Board will ensure that a workshop-style show is produced. The Production Manager of Torn Ticket II will talk with the Production Manager of the Department of Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies to negotiate design elements.

Section 2. Voting Procedure for Minor Productions

  1. All votes will be passed by a simple majority, which is defined as 50% plus one of the general membership in attendance at the voting meeting, not including abstentions. All voting will be completed by ballot.
  2. Each Executive Board member should be present for a vote on any minor production. Executive Board members that are not present may submit their vote via electronic means to the Secretary or Media Archivist during the time of the meeting.  
  3. Ballots for minor production voting will list the shows being proposed, the option to vote yes or no for each show, and the option to abstain from voting altogether. Each voting member may vote yes a maximum of one time.
  4. If the first vote is a tie, further discussion may be necessary. A second vote will then be cast. If the second vote is a tie, then the Executive Board will make the final decision with no abstentions allowed.

Section 3. Voting Procedure for Orientation Week Shows

  1. All votes will be passed by a simple majority, which is defined as 50% plus one of the voting members present, not including abstentions. All voting will be completed by ballot.
  2. Orientation show voting may not occur without a quorum of two-thirds (2/3) of the entire voting membership present at the voting meeting.
  3. Each Executive Board member should be present for a vote on any Orientation Week production. Executive Board members that are not present may submit their vote via electronic means to the Secretary or Media Archivist during the time of the meeting.  
  4. Ballots for Orientation Week productions voting will list the shows being proposed, the option to vote for none of the shows, and the option to abstain from voting altogether.
  5. If the first vote is a tie, further discussion may be necessary. A second vote will then be cast. If the second vote is a tie, then the Executive Board will cast the final decision with no abstentions allowed.
  6. If there are more than two proposals and no one proposal receives a simple majority, the membership will re-vote on a ballot with the same format as above listing the two proposals that received the most “yes” votes.
  7. If the option “no to all shows” receives a simple majority, or if there are no qualified directors to propose a major, then the Executive Board will ensure that a workshop-style show is produced. The Production Manager of Torn Ticket II will talk with the Production Manager of the Department of Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies to negotiate design elements.

Article VI: Production Proposal Procedures

Section 1. Major Proposal Requirements

  1. A major proposal  for the Balch Arena Theater must include a director, musical director, producer, stage manager, scenic designer, scenic charge, costume designer, costume technician, lighting designer, master electrician, props designer, sound designer, and hair and makeup designer. Productions may also include a technical director and choreographer.
  2. A major proposal for Cohen Auditorium (or a space other than Balch) must include a director, musical director, producer, stage manager, and sound designer. Any other production staff positions are highly encouraged but ultimately optional. 
    1. If a music director, stage manager, or producer, is not found by the time of proposals, the proposal may not move forward. Proposals will either be postponed or cancelled at the discretion of the board.
    2. If a TD and set designer are not found by the time of proposals, then the set reverts to minor status, using rehearsal blocks and/or furniture stock. This becomes the responsibility of the Director and Stage Manager, or Production Manager.
    3. If a Scenic Charge is not found by the time of proposals, the responsibilities of this position fall to the Set Designer. This position may be filled post-proposal, but the Set Designer must be prepared to assume these responsibilities should a Scenic Charge not be found.
    4. If a qualified and Department approved Costume Designer and Costume Technicians are not found by the time of proposals, then costumes will be drawn from actors’ closets and/or Hayes House. This will be the responsibility of the Director or non-Department approved Costume Designer. 
    5.  If a Costume Technician is not found by the time of proposals, then the responsibilities of this position fall to the Costume Designer. In this case, access to the Department costume shop and stock may be limited.
    6. If a Lighting Designer and Master Electrician are not found by the time of proposals, then the show will revert to minor status, using lights up and lights down.
    7. If a Props Designer is not found by the time of proposals, then the Director and Stage Manager will assume responsibility for collecting, creating, or ordering props.
    8. If a Choreographer is not found by the time of proposals, then movement will be the responsibility of the director.
    9. If a Hair and Makeup Designer is not found by the time of proposals, these design aspects become the responsibility of the actors with guidance and feedback from the Director and Costume Designer. This position may be filled post-proposal, but the director and Costume Designer must be prepared to assume these responsibilities should a Hair and Makeup Designer not be found.
    10. If a Sound Designer is not found by the time of proposals:
      1. If the proposal is for the Balch Arena Theater, then the actors will not have mics and the pit is recommended to consist of no more than a keyboard and a percussionist.
      2. If the proposal is for Cohen Auditorium, then the proposal may not go forward.
  3. Two (2) weeks before the proposal interested directors must approach the board with a thorough understanding of their show’s rights agreement. The director must present this information and obtain the board’s approval in order to propose. At the proposal meeting this information will also be made available to the membership.
  4. A proposal must contain a written statement, including, but not limited to, a basic explanation of the show and the qualifications of the production staff. The proposal must include between one to three (1-3) songs from the show.
  5. A show is ineligible for production by Torn Ticket II if it has been produced within the last five (5) years and performance rights were purchased.
  6. Any deviation from the above requirements may be approved by a unanimous vote of the Executive Board.
  7. The proposal process will proceed as follows:
    1. Copies of the written proposal must be handed out to the membership during the proposal meeting.
    2. At the first meeting, each proposal will have five (5) minutes to make a presentation to the membership.
    3. Following all presentations, there will be five (5) minutes per proposal for questions. Any general member may ask questions.
    4. After the final question or the expiration of the allotted time, whichever is first, all directors will be asked to leave the room before discussion can begin. Determining which members of the production staff that remain in the room is left to the discretion of the Executive Board.
    5. The Executive Board shall determine the length of the discussion.
    6. Any director and/or proposer may be called back in for further questions at any point.
    7. After the allotted time for questions, a vote will occur. Please refer to Article IV, Section 1 for voting procedures.

Section 2. Minor Production Proposal Requirements

  1. A minor production must include a director, producer, musical director, and stage manager. 
  2. A proposal must contain a written statement, including, but not limited to, a basic explanation of the show and the qualifications of the production staff. The proposal must include one to two (1-2) songs from the show.
  3. A show is ineligible for minor production by Torn Ticket II if it has been produced within the last four (4) years.
  4. Up to one (1) minor with purchased rights may be produced in a semester.
  5. Any deviation from the above requirements may be approved by a unanimous vote of the Executive Board.
  6. The proposal procedure will be held in one meeting.
    1. Directors will have up to five (5) minutes to present their proposal.
    2. After the presentation, five (5) minutes will be allowed per show for questions.
    3. The directors will be asked to leave the room before discussion can begin. Determining which members of the production staff that remain in the room is left to the discretion of the Executive Board.
    4. The Executive Board shall determine the length of the discussion.
    5. Any director and/or proposer may be called back in for further questions at any point.
    6. Five (5) minutes will then be allotted for questions of any proposal.
    7. After the allotted time for questions, a vote will occur. Please refer to Article IV, Section 2 for voting procedures.

Section 3. Orientation Week Production Proposals

  1. A proposal must include a director, musical director, producer, stage manager, and technical coordinator.
  2. A proposal must contain a written statement, including, but not limited to, a basic explanation of the show and the qualifications of the production staff. The proposal must include one to two (1-2) songs from the show.
  3. A show is ineligible for production by Torn Ticket II if it has been produced within the last four (4) years.
  4. An Orientation Week production should be a one act musical or a two-act musical shortened to approximately one (1) hour in length, preferably with a small cast and simple technical requirements.
  5. The production must first be approved by Torn Ticket II, and then will be subject to approval by the Orientation Committee. If the Orientation Committee does not approve the production, an alternate production will be selected by the same voting procedures.
  6. Any deviation from the above requirements may be approved by a unanimous vote of the Executive Board.
  7. The proposal procedure will be held in one meeting.
    1. Directors will have up to five (5) minutes to present their proposal.
    2. After the presentation, five (5) minutes will be allowed per show for questions.
    3. The directors will be asked to leave the room before discussion can begin. Determining which members of the production staff that remain in the room is left to the discretion of the Executive Board.
    4. The Executive Board shall determine the length of the discussion.
    5. Any director and/or proposer may be called back in for further questions at any point.
    6. Five (5) minutes will then be allotted for questions of any proposal.
    7. After the allotted time for questions, a vote will occur. Please refer to Article VI, Section 2 for voting procedures.

Section 4. Special Events

  1. “A special event is a workshop or fully designed performance produced in conjunction with Torn Ticket II that requires Torn Ticket II oversight or monetary commitment. Special Events must be voted on by the general membership at a meeting designated by the Executive Board. For voting procedures, refer to Article V, Section 1.” (Major voting process)

Article VII: The Executive Board

Section 1. Eligibility and Executive Board Duties

  1. Executive Board Officers must be Tufts University undergraduates and must be able to serve from June to June concurrent with the normal academic year, with the exception of the Production Manager who must be able to serve May to May.
  2. The Executive Board has the responsibility to make executive decisions in the event of an emergency. Five (5) of the six (6) Executive Board Officers must be present to make any such decision.
  3. Duties of the President
    1. To maintain contact with all Executive Board Officers.
    2. To be responsible for all actions of Torn Ticket II as an organization.
    3. To coordinate all actions of Torn Ticket II and to preside over all meetings.
    4. To act as a liaison between the general membership, the administration, and faculty of Tufts University.
    5. To call emergency meetings when necessary.
    6. To oversee the Treasurer in financial planning for Torn Ticket II.
    7. To stay in close communication with the Treasurer before, during and after each production.
    8. To schedule weekly meetings of the Executive Board.
  4. Duties of the Vice President/Outreach Director
    1. To maintain contact with all Executive Board Officers, especially the President, and to assist the President as needed.
    2. To act as president in the President’s absence.
    3. To promote a sense of community within the membership. Organizing social events and activities that foster a sense of inclusion in the organization.
    4. To be responsible for Torn Ticket II outreach to the greater Tufts community. To lead advertising ventures on all Torn Ticket II auditions and opportunities. To additionally coordinate digital advertising and alumni outreach with the Media Archivist through Torn Ticket II social media.
    5. To act as liaison between Torn Ticket II and other student organizations.
  5. Duties of the Production Manager
    1. To maintain contact with all Executive Board Officers.
    2. To keep the costume storage and shop clean and organized.
    3. To keep inventory of costumes, tools, set pieces and props before, during and after each production.
    4. To advise and assist the designers and technicians of all productions.
    5. To coordinate the use of all technical materials for any and all Torn Ticket II purposes.
    6. To be ultimately responsible for the upkeep and the purchase of new equipment.
    7. To attend and run all production staff meetings of the current major production and to organize its mandatory post-mortem.
    8. To advise the production staff of the minor productions, for which a post-mortem is strongly recommended.
    9. To update and maintain the production staff handbook and ensure that production staff members follow each position’s timeline laid out in the handbook. 
    10. To find a complete production staff for a production, with aid from the Director and the rest of the Board when necessary. Directors are encouraged to seek out production staff members on their own if they wish; however, they must first notify the Production Manager before officially extending them a position.
    11. The production manager cannot serve as any other position on the production staff, rehearsal staff, or cast of a Torn Ticket II show, unless someone else signs on as the production manager for that specific show.
  6. Duties of the Treasurer
    1. To maintain contact with all Executive Board Officers.
    2. To keep a detailed and accurate account of all Torn Ticket II transactions.
    3. To be ultimately responsible for all loans, appropriations and official budgets.
    4. To maintain contact with the Student Activities Budget Coordinator, the Senate Treasurer and the Council V Chairperson of the TCU Senate, and to understand the procedures of the Senate Treasury.
    5. To help the Media Archivist keep records of past budgets.
    6. To give a financial report concerning the organization in conjunction with the final report of the producer on any production.
    7. To advise and assist the producer of each show on budget-related responsibilities.
    8. In the event that a designer is unwilling or unable to spend their personal funds to purchase items for a production, the show’s producer must consult with the Executive Board immediately to discuss alternative payment options. This may include obtaining cash advances from TCU for production staff members with large budgetary concerns. Ultimately, it should be the producer’s responsibility to ensure the designer has sufficient funds available.
    9. To be the second TCU signatory on purchases. 
  7. Duties of the Secretary
    1. To maintain contact with all Executive Board Officers.
    2. To maintain all Torn Ticket II attendance and voting eligibility records.
    3. To record all minutes of all general meetings and distribute them to the membership.
    4. To provide reminders of meetings when voting will occur to all general members.
    5. To make a copy of this constitution available to all general members.
    6. To send out periodic emails to the alumni to keep them informed as to what the organization is producing this semester. 
    7. To maintain a thorough knowledge and understanding of the constitution. To ensure that the constitution is being respected and upheld in all endeavours.
  8. Duties of the Media Archivist
    1. To maintain contact with all Executive Board Officers. 
    2. To acquire, save and organize programs, budgets, newspaper articles, posters,                         photographs, any available scripts and/or scores, and any other artifacts or memorabilia for each production.
    3. To maintain the Torn Ticket II web page and all relevant social media.
    4. To act as the curator and librarian of the Torn Ticket II archives and library, including records of each year’s budget.
    5. To act as the agent through which all members of the Tufts community may borrow library and archive files.
    6. To actively acquire and keep records of all Torn Ticket II alumni information and, along with the Vice President/Outreach Director, maintain contact with them using any medium, at least once a semester.
    7. To be responsible for all organizational publicity.
    8. To be responsible for updating sources of advertisement in order to aid in the publicity of future productions and of the organization.
    9. To update the Torn Ticket II website with the constitution as soon as it is redone.

Section 2: Executive Board Voting Procedure

  1. Elections will be held in the latter half of the spring semester.
  2. In the event that a seat is vacated during the term, an election will be held at the following scheduled meeting.
  3. Positions will be elected in the following order: President, Vice President/Outreach Director, Production Manager, Treasurer, Secretary, Media Archivist. Each position will be filled according to the following procedure:
    1. All positions must be nominated. Self-nomination is acceptable.
    2. All nominations must be seconded.
    3. Nominations must be accepted or declined in person or in writing. If accepted, all candidates will have an opportunity to present themselves to the organization after all nominations have ended. Nominees not present may submit a presentation.
    4. Members will then have the opportunity to question the candidates.
    5. Once the discussion is closed, candidates will leave the room while the remaining members discuss the candidates’ qualifications.
    6. Once the discussion has ended, the nominees may return, and a vote will occur.
    7. If more than two candidates are nominated for a position, and no candidate receives a simple majority of votes, a second vote will occur between the two candidates that received the most votes, according to standard voting procedures.
  4. To remove an officer from their position, the procedure below must be followed to determine legitimate reason.
    1. The Board must present a written list of reasons for removal to the voting membership at a general meeting.
    2. After reading the proposal, a simple majority vote will be taken to decide whether there is a legitimate reason for an impeachment proceeding.
  5. The impeachment proceeding must take place within the next two meetings as described below.
    1. A two-thirds (2/3) quorum of voting members must be present.
    2. The Board will present arguments for and against removal to the voting membership at a general meeting.
    3. There will be no discussion after the arguments.
    4. Following the arguments, a vote will occur. A two-thirds (2/3) majority is needed to remove any Executive Board Officer.

Article VIII: Finances

Section 1. Torn Ticket II Organizational Budget

  1. Torn Ticket II is a TCU Senate-Funded organization. Each spring, a budget will be submitted to the Allocations Board (ALBO).
  2. The budget will be drafted by the Treasurer and will be approved by a vote of the Executive Board before submission to ALBO.
  3. The budget will include an organizational budget for the year and funding for:
    1. The rights, rentals, technical costs and advertising for the major productions;
    2. Minor/experimental productions;
    3. Stock upkeep;
    4. General interest meeting food and advertising.

Section 2. Minor/Orientation Production Budgets

  1. The Executive Board will maintain final approval as to the specific amount of funding that will be allocated.
  2. The budget for the Orientation production will be provided by the Orientation Committee.

Section 3. Payment of Cast or Crew of a Show

  1. No money will be paid to performers or staff except by special arrangement with the voting membership following consultation with the Student Activities Budget Coordinator and the TCU Treasurer.

Section 4. Reimbursement of Personal Funds

  1. In order to be reimbursed for money spent on a production, itemized receipts should be given to the Producer of each show.
  2. The Producer will make copies of all receipts for his/her own records and submit the originals to the Torn Ticket II Treasurer.
  3. For all non-show purchases, such as supplies for Hayes House or food for general interest meetings, receipts should be submitted to the Treasurer.
  4. The Treasurer should submit all receipts to the TCU Treasury within 2 weeks.
  5. In no case will a member of the organization bring a receipt directly to the Senate Treasurer.
  6. Any receipts not given to a Producer or the Torn Ticket II Treasurer by the end of the semester shall be considered null and void, and will not be paid.

Section 6. Donations

  1. It is strongly suggested that the Producer of each show solicit donations to the show from the parents of the cast, crew and pit orchestra and from any university departments or local businesses that are relevant to the content of the show.
  2. All donation checks should be made out to “Trustees of Tufts College” and addressed to the Producer of the show at the Balch Arena Theater Box Office. The Producer will make copies of all checks and then submit them to the Treasurer.
  3. The Treasurer will submit all donation checks to the TCU Treasury within a reasonable time.
  4. In no case will a member of the organization bring a donation check directly to the Senate Treasurer.

Article IX: Audition Scheduling and Protocol

Section 1. Build Hours Requirement 

  1. When accepting a role in a Torn Ticket II show, cast members must agree to attend build, paint, or construction hours as determined by the Torn Ticket II Production Manager. These hours are dependent on the technical needs of each production. This will not exceed eight hours over the course of the production.
  2. Production staff assistants under full build condition must also agree to attend build, paint, or construction hours as determined by the Torn Ticket II Production Manager. These hours are dependent on the technical needs of each production. This will not exceed eight hours over the course of the production.”
  3. Production staff is not required to attend build hours but is strongly encouraged. 

Article X: Torn Ticket II Equipment

  1. All current musical directors and pit conductors are able to use the Torn Ticket musical equipment for rehearsals and performances. Musical directors of concurrent major and minors are expected to coordinate equipment use with the other musical directors.
  2. The Production Manager will be the holder of the keys to the equipment storage cabinet, and has the discretion to release the keys to musical directors and pit conductors.
  3. Current musical directors and pit conductors are responsible for the organization of the equipment cabinet and the care of all objects in the cabinet, and are also responsible for notifying the Board if objects are broken, stolen, or missing.
  4. The Board is responsible for replenishing the cabinet if any objects are broken, stolen, or missing, or if any new equipment is needed by the organization.
  5. Use of the Torn Ticket musical equipment outside of Torn Ticket performances, activities, and rehearsals can only occur with the permission of the Board.

Article XI: Amendments

  1. This constitution may be amended by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote.
  2. An amendment must be presented in writing to the voting membership in a general meeting at least one week prior to voting.
  3. All amendments must first be approved by the Torn Ticket II membership prior to TCU Judiciary approval.