FAQAnswers to all of your questions in one place.
Blood Brothers, 2018
I want to be on the E-list but I don't know how?
Just email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll add you ASAP!
When are membership meetings?
Membership meetings are most Sundays at 5:15pm in Aidekman 12. Join the E-list for the most up-to-date information on when these meetings will be. Drop by for some quality community bonding!
How do I know if TTII is right for me?
We strive to build a community of artists and friends who can work and perform together in our student-run organization. We want everyone to love this community! So if you love musical theatre, performing, designing, or just singing along to showtunes in the shower, we would LOVE to meet you! Whether you’ve been stage managing since you were in diapers or you’ve never gone near a stage before in your life, stop by a Sunday meeting to meet us!
I want to work on a show but I don't know how?
Just email our current PM, email@example.com, to express your interest, and stay tuned for opportunities and upcoming proposals!
I'm looking to get more involved in Torn Ticket! How can I do that?
So glad you asked! We have several opportunities each and every semester. The first steps are definitely to get added to the E-list (email firstname.lastname@example.org) and attend a membership meeting.
If you’re more of a performer, stay tuned for audition notices for our major and minor, as well as our O-show. Even if you’re not a seasoned performer but feel like dip your toe in the water, consider auditioning for OTR!
If you’re more of a techy, we have tons of designer positions, including sound, scenic, props, lights, and more. Consider being an assistant to learn the ropes alongside a head designer as a peer mentor!
You could even talk to the producer of a show and learn more about the business side of things.
I auditioned for a show and didn't get in. Help!
First of all, don’t panic! Chances are, there will be other shows to audition for. TTII usually produces a minor as well as a major, which will be voted on and performed later on in the semester. Torn Ticket II also holds OTR, a cabaret, every semester, so definitely audition for that! Additionally, there are often other theatre groups with their own productions, workshops, or festivals, not to mention various student theses, and even off-campus opportunities.
Alternatively, you could always venture out of your comfort zone and try your hand at an assistant position to see if you like being behind the scenes as much as in the spotlight.
And of course, you could always take a semester off and come back to us next semester! We’d love to have you!
How do assistant positions work?
Any P-staff position can also have an assistant, contingent upon qualifications and availability of that particular designer. Assistant positions are designed to facilitate mentor/mentee relationships so that you can gain exposure to a role without having to become department-certified or taking on the full responsibilities. If you’re interested in becoming an assistant, reach out to the PM, email@example.com.
I'm interested in proposing a show. How do I do this?
That’s great to hear! We have various proposal dates throughout the year for major and minor proposals, which you can find out about via emails on our E-list. Make sure to talk to the board (email firstname.lastname@example.org or any board member) at least two weeks prior to proposals to discuss your vision for the show and hear more about the proposals process.
I want to be on Board! How do I do that?
We would love to see you run for a board position! We hold elections every spring for the following year’s board.
Board members hold their positions for one year, i.e. two semesters. We have six positions: President, VP/Outreach Director, Production Manager, Treasurer, Secretary, and Media Archivist. For more information about any of these or the election process, reach out to email@example.com.
What kinds of shows does Torn Ticket produce?
All kinds of shows! From the modern and risqué Heathers The Musical to the older and more obscure Blood Brothers to the quirky and original The Donner Party Kids, we’ve done it all. Check out our full list of past productions, and join our E-list to stay up to date with the upcoming season!
What's it like working on a TTII show?
It depends on what your position is! The rehearsal period can be anywhere from a few weeks to a few months, including 20 hours max of rehearsal per week, but fewer for a minor, and most likely you wouldn’t be called for all of them. R-staff are generally called for all or nearly all of the rehearsal hours. Tech weeks tend to be more.
Designers typically have much more flexible schedules, with a few deadlines, but they can make their own hours.
What's the difference between a major and a minor?
Majors have full tech capacities, and as such require department-qualified designers and R-staff. This includes full lights, sound, pit, etc. They also typically have longer rehearsal processes, both in terms of timespan and weekly hours. Depending on the semester, they are usually in Balch Arena Theatre or Cohen Auditorium.
On the other hand, minors are in workshop conditions, meaning without access to full tech. This often means smaller pits and no mics, in return for providing experiences for budding designers to work on a show without department qualifications, as well as newer (and experienced!) actors to work on a show with a slightly lower time commitment. They are in spaces that the director chooses, including Barnum 008 and Curtis Hall.
What's the difference between an O-Show and any other show?
O-Shows (short for Orientation Shows), unlike other Torn Ticket productions, follow a very different rehearsal process. Whereas other shows audition the same semester they rehearse and follow extended rehearsal periods, O-Shows audition in the spring, and are performed in the fall, during O-week. Most of the rehearsal process is actually individual: actors enter campus a week before opening night fully off-book, and work for a full week of all-day rehearsals and blocking, before teching in a day and then performing for two nights. It’s a completely unique, fast-paced experience.
What are "Department Qualifications"?
Given the access and resources we’re granted by the department, the department mandates certain requirements for the head designers. They each need to have taken their respective course(s) in the department, e.g. a department-qualified stage manager needs to have completed the stage management course.
What is OTR, anyway?
OTR, short for Over the Rainbow, is Torn Ticket II’s once-per-semester, cabaret-style fundraiser. Tickets are on a sliding scale, and proceeds from each show go to a local non-profit. Anyone can and should attend!
If you’re interested in performing, the process is as follows: you attend a short audition, in which you sing a portion of the song you plan to perform–it should in some way fit the theme of that semester’s show (past themes have included Technical Difficulties and OTR in Paradise). Then you rehearse on your own time, potentially with an accompanist that we’ll provide, attend a tech rehearsal, and then it’s the performance! It’s a really relaxed way to get involved in the community.
How do I know if I can vote?
Full Voting Members are eligible to vote on TTII Major Proposals, O-Show Proposals, and Board Elections.
To become a voting member, you must have either attended 50% of all membership meetings that semester and have one (1) commitment from the past year, OR have two (2) commitments from the past year. Alternatively, if you’re signed onto a show being voted on, you’re automatically eligible to vote.
Community members are eligible to vote on TTII Minor Proposals.
To become an official community member, you only need to have attended one membership meeting in the past year. This can include the meeting of proposals.
What if I was abroad?
For purposes of TTII voting eligibility, abroad semesters act as if they don’t exist. For example, if you had a commitment in the current semester, were abroad the previous semester, and had another commitment from the semester before that, this counts as two commitments within the past year, and therefore you would be an eligible voting member.
What's a Voting Commitment?
Almost anything you could do for or with TTII counts as a commitment. Some examples include directing a show, designing a show, being in the cast for a TTII show, putting up or designing posters, performing in OTR, auditioning for a TTII show (even if you were not cast), attending Arena Cleanup, etc.
To clarify, commitments for 3Ps, UTF, or any other theatre group on campus do not count for Torn Ticket commitments. The show in question must have been produced by Torn Ticket II.
If in doubt about whether something you’ve done counts as a commitment, feel free to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
I have an idea for a TTII opportunity! Who should I talk to?
We would love to hear any and all ideas! Even if we may not be able to support you financially, we would love to provide advice and any resources we can to projects that could provide opportunities for our community members. Reach out to email@example.com with any ideas!
What's the relationship between TTII and the other theatre organizations?
Torn Ticket II is Tufts’ only student-run musical theatre group. We put on musicals every semester.
3Ps (short for Pen, Paint,and Pretzels) is the umbrella group under which TTII and many of the other theatre groups operate. They produce mostly straight plays, usually a minor and a major each semester.
Untrue to Form (or UTF for short) is another theatre group under the 3Ps umbrella. They specialize in alternative works, including student-written, devised, and more. They also produce a major and a minor each semester.
There are also numerous other theatre groups under the 3Ps umbrella, including improv, comedy, children’s theatre, film, and more.
Not to mention there’s the department itself, which puts on predominantly straight plays, with the occasional musical.
All the theatre organizations are on excellent terms, and we love seeing students involved in lots of theatre. Just keep in mind that it can be difficult to maintain the commitments of multiple groups, depending on what you’re doing for each.
Logistics and Lingo
What's the difference between R-staff and P-staff?
R-staff, short for rehearsal staff, is a subset of P-staff, which is short for production staff. Rehearsal staff includes the director, the stage manager, the music director, and the choreographer (if applicable), as well as their assistants. Production staff also includes designers, technicians, etc.