Every Theatre to the Point review receives a score out of 100. It is important to understand how points equate to a $ value. The scale is designed so that community and professional theatre can be evaluated side by side. Points are harder to earn the higher up the scale you go.
Direction is broken down into 4 categories. The acting quality of the leads, the acting quality of the supporting cast, the staging and pacing of the show, and the overall vision.
Music direction is broken down into 4 categories. Lead vocals, supporting vocals, ensemble vocals and live music.
Choreography is broken down into 3 categories. Staging, execution and relevance.
Technical is broken down into 4 categories. Set, costumes and props, lights and sound.
If any of the overall categories are not relevant (music direction and choreography in a straight play) they are removed from the calculation.
If any of the sub categories are not relevant (no live music) then they are removed from the calculation.
The weighting of the points is dictated by the type of show being reviewed. 80% of the points are allocated for the artistic team. This would be all based on direction in a straight play and then split 40%, 20%, 20% between direction, music direction and choreography in a musical. These percentages are adjustable based on the demands of the show.
20% of the points are allocated for the technical elements of the show. The standard split is 5% for each category outlined above but again these percentages are adjustable based on the demands of the show.
Let’s look at an example…
The first thing to note is that the ticket price was $20. Using the chart at the top of this article you can see that the expectation to hit target is 60 out of 100. The reviewer here has decided that all elements of the music direction and set and costumes and props were worth 70 out of 100. They are saying that these elements were good enough to be in a show that cost $40 a ticket. Everything else was at a level they were happy to pay $20 to see. Overall the show scores 63 out of 100 which equates to a show value of $26 and a +$6 value rating.