Ranking Template

Community Theatre Coalition

C/O Apt. 1803 Lilac Drive, White Rock, B.C. V4A 6C7 604-374-1507


As a CTC rep, you will be required to see all the shows that have been submitted for our season. In June, all the reps will meet to start the voting process. In order to do this effectively, you need to rank all the productions/performers, even if they are not in your top five. Suppose there is a play where you did not like the set and did not rank it as one of your top five. The other CTC reps may have liked the set, and if enough of them voted for it, it could be one of the five nominees on which you will have to vote on the second ballot. If you rank everything during the season, from your most favorite to your least favorite, you will be ready for voting.

Here are some suggestions for handling the voting and related items. Of course, you are free to use whatever method works best for you.

Try to see the play in the middle of the run. At the beginning, the production may still be working out the kinks. If you wait until the end, you risk missing it because of illness or other personal emergencies/necessities. Some productions are only on for two weeks, so this is not always easy and you have to catch the play when you can.

Bring a pencil or pen to each play and apply a ranking to each category right in the program before you leave the theatre. You can always change your mind, but once you’ve recorded your ranking, it’s done and you don’t have to rely on memory later on.

Use a large ranking scale, such as 1 to 100. If you use 1 to 10, at the end of the season, you may   be trying to figure out which was the best out of a half dozen “sevens.”

Be ruthless in your ranking. If you are generous, you will find all the scores bunch up at the top of the ranking, which makes it difficult at voting time. Remember – your rankings and the ballots are all secret. Only you know how you evaluated the plays so you can be as tough as you like.

If you have a computer and know how to use a spreadsheet, you can use one to keep track of everything, including your scores. Then, at the end of the year you can let the computer sort things for you according to your scores. This is especially useful in the acting categories where there could be a hundred people to rank. Attached is a copy of a sample spreadsheet in case anyone would like to use it.

Below is a ranking system that has been used in the past.

90 -100             A once in a decade performance or design

80 – 89              A once in a year performance or design

70 – 79              An excellent performance or design (no obvious criticisms)

60 – 69              A very good performance or design (some minor criticisms)

50 – 59              A good performance or design (one or two criticisms, but generally good)

40 – 49              A satisfactory performance or design (obvious criticisms but still enjoyable)

30 – 39              Nice try (enough criticisms to seriously compromise the performance or design)

0 – 29              Oh well!