Hedda Gabler, by Henrik Ibsen, has been selected for Temple High School's 2017 entry in the UIL One-Act Play Contest. Temple is the defending state champion in the 5A conference. In the play, a newlywed struggles with an existence she finds devoid of excitement and enchantment. The play is set in the 1890s in Kristiania (now Olso), Norway.
The read-through was February 8, with rehearsals beginning February 9. The first level of competition (district) is Tuesday, March 21 at College Station High School.
Cast members include:
Hedda Gabler* = Emma Tolleson
George Tesman, Hedda's husband = Andrew Tye
Eilert Lövborg, George's former colleague and
publishing competitor = Benjamin Clardy
Thea Elvsted, younger schoolmate of Hedda = Adara Felix
Judge Brack, an unscrupulous family friend = Dylan Prather
Miss Juliana Tesman, George's loving aunt who
raised him since childhood = Arreyon Blocker
Berte, servant of the Tesmans = Rebecca Alley
(* Gabler is Hedda's maiden name)
The UIL Five-Person Crew includes Gabe Fontanez, Samuel Little, Seth Little, Bailee Poelker and Callie Ortega. UIL Alternates include Chantal Cyrus, Anaiya Harris, Allison Quiroz and Gabriel Salazar.
The On-Site Crew includes Brianna Alexander, Sierra Amalbert, Alante Anderson, Baylee Black, Austin Boatman, Christopher Brown, Olivia Cabrera, Torrie Culp, Kerynn Eckenrode, Jonathan Equels, Ricardo Fontanez, Michael Jones, Simon Juarez, Morgan Madsen, Isabel Poehlmann, Robert Solar and D’Andre Wright.
Directors are Natasha Tolleson, Brad LaMotte and Kayla Stewart.
Temple High students are busy preparing for the musical Oklahoma!, which performs February 2-5. Oklahoma! was the first musical written by the team of Rodgers and Hammerstein.
Set in the Oklahoma Territory in 1906, it tells the story of cowboy Curly McLain (Benjamin Clardy) and his romance with farm girl Laurey Williams (Emma Tolleson). A secondary romance concerns cowboy Will Parker (Andrew Tye) and his flirtatious fiancée, Ado Annie (Adara Felix). The musical also features Laurey's Aunt Eller (Kaiya Fowler and Andylyn Schmidt), hired-hand Jud Fry (Nickolas Winkler) and peddler Ali Hakim (Gabriel Salazar).
Updated Sunday, February 5: Online ticket sales have ended. General admission and reserved seating tickets will be available at the door while they last.
CLICK HERE for the information page about Oklahoma! with cast and production staff members.
Below are articles by Melany Cox that appeared in the Temple Daily Telegram on February 2 and 5, 2017.
Temple theatre students on the stage where they performed Cabaret three times.
Fourteen Temple theatre students advanced in individual event contests from the state festival to the international competition. Results were announced at the Texas State Thespian Festival on December 3, 2016. The international competition will be June 17-26, 2017, in Lincoln, Nebraska.
In addition to the individual events, Temple was one of two schools asked to perform on the convention's main stage. All three performances of Cabaret were enthusiastically received. Also, Ben Clardy received a best actor award for his part as Emcee in Cabaret, and Emma Tolleson received a Texas Thespian scholarship. The convention was attended by around 7,200 people representing 246 high school Thespian troupes. The annual event moves to the Gaylord Texan next year.
The advancing events and students competing included:
Solo Musical: Benjamin Clardy, "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables" from Les Miserables
Duet Musical: Kaiya Fowler & Nickolas Winkler, "It Takes Two" from Into the Woods
Group Musical: Rebecca Alley, Sierra Amalbert, Olivia Cabrera, Callie Ortega, Allison Quiroz,
Emma Tolleson, Anyssa Torres, "Don't Tell Mama" from Cabaret
Monologue: Andrew Tye, King Lear
Lighting Design: Samuel Little, Cabaret
Costume Design: Grace Gomez, Cabaret
Scenic Design: Gabe Fontanez, Cabaret
Temple High School's production of the musical Cabaret is one of only two school productions in Texas invited to perform on the main stage at the annual Texas State Thespian Convention. The meeting will be November 30-December 3 at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center in Dallas. Temple will perform Wednesday evening at 8 p.m. and Thursday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. (The other school invited to perform is J. J. Pearce, a 6A high school in Richardson.)
A special send-off performance will be held at Temple High School on Monday, November 28 at 7 p.m. (Note the earlier time.) Tickets are $10 per person at the door (cash or check only). There are no advanced tickets being sold for this special performance. Ticket sales and donations will help defray expenses in taking the production to Dallas.
The group will perform the show three times in Dallas because of the number of attendees at the convention. The convention center's Naomi Bruton Theatre only seats 1750. Last year, over 6000 people attended the festival, which included 229 different Texas high school Thespian troupes.
Cabaret was originally performed at Temple High School September 29-October 2. Temple previously performed on the state convention's main stage in 2013 with the musical The Secret Garden.
Temple High School is the current UIL 5A State Champion in the annual one-act play contest.
The cast and production staff of Cabaret. (Photo by Matthew Corley)
The following article by Patty Benoit appeared in the Temple Daily Telegram on November 24, 2016:
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Temple High's One-Act Play Team swept the conference 5A state finals on Tuesday, May 24 at Bass Concert Hall on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin. Not only was the group named the State Champion, Temple received all three of the top individual acting awards. Emma Tolleson was named Best Actress in the state as well as winner of the Samuel French Award (Best Performer in Texas). Andrew Tye was named Best Actor in Texas. 251 conference 5A schools began the year in the one-act play competition, and Temple succeeded in becoming No. 1.
This is the 7th time that Temple has made it to the state finals (the Final 8) and the 2nd time the team has won the State Championship. Six of those trips to the state finals were under the direction of Natasha Tolleson. The 7th time was in 1928.
Results of the State UIL Dramatic Design competition were announced Wednesday evening, May 25. The UIL received almost 700 entries in this year's contest. Temple's group team (Zach Elliot, set design; Abryanna Ingram, costumes; Callie Ortega, hair and make-up; and Emma Tolleson, marketing) was named 3rd place in the state in Division 2 (classifications 5A and 6A). Jonathan Nabours placed 6th in Texas in the individual theatrical marketing design contest and Bailee Poelker placed 3rd in Texas in the individual hair and make-up design contest.
UPDATE: CLICK HERE to see a Facebook album with photos from the send-off performance immediately before the team won the UIL State Championship.
Below is an article by Annette Nevins that appeared in the Temple Daily Telegram on Sunday, May 29, 2016.