Temple High students are busy preparing for the musical Oklahoma!, which performs February 2-5. Music and dance rehearsals were held before the Christmas holidays, with blocking rehearsals began January 3.
(1) Monday, January 23 is the deadline for advertising to be included in the Oklahoma! printed program. CLICK HERE to download the PDF document.
(2) Tickets are now available online. Reserved-seat tickets ($20) are only available online. Students involved with the show are now selling general admission tickets, which are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. General admission tickets are also available online. CLICK HERE for SeatYourself, our online ticketing system.
(3) Pre-Show Dinner on Saturday Night. Parents will be serving an "Okla-home-a Cooked Meal" on Saturday, February 4, from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person and include All er Nuthin' Stew, Will Parker Cornbread, Ado Annie Salad, and for dessert, I Just Cain't Say No to Custard. Meal tickets also include early admission to the auditorium, but DO NOT include tickets to the show. Show tickets must be purchased separately. CLICK HERE for SeatYourself, our online ticketing system for both pre-show dinner tickets and show tickets.
CLICK HERE for the information page about Oklahoma! with cast and production staff members.
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:
The cast and production staff for Oklahoma! is now posted on the show's Information Page.
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Neil Simon's The Good Doctor will be performed Thursday-Saturday, November 3-5 at 8 p.m. with a Sunday matinee, November 6, at 2 p.m. General admission tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Tickets are available online or from students involved with the production. The audience will be seated on the Temple High Auditorium stage, on four sides of the actors. Audience members should enter the building through the glass lobby on the west side of the main building, next to the band hall.
Though he is never mentioned by name in the script, Russian playwright Anton Chekhov is both the “good doctor” of the title and the writer (played by Andrew Tye) we meet in the opening monologue. The writer’s meditations on his life and work introduce and link a series of vignettes adapted by Simon from Chekhov’s short fiction.
CLICK HERE for the Information Page., which contains the cast list, production staff list, and a listing of the scenes in the show.
An Odd Couple?: Neil Simon and Anton Chekhov. At first they may seem like an unlikely double act. Simon took Broadway by storm in the 1960s and 1970s with bittersweet comedies featuring snappy dialogue, zany antics, and quirky characters coping with the indignities of contemporary life. Many of Simon’s plays have been adapted for film and television, including The Odd Couple. On the other hand, “laugh riot” is not a phrase that the name Anton Chekhov brings to mind.
But, in fact, Simon and Chekhov are not such a very odd couple. Before their “legitimate” successes, both playwrights paid their dues and their bills by churning out humorous sketches for commercial markets. Simon started out in television, contributing (for instance) to 139 episodes of Sid Caesar’s “Your Show of Shows” between 1950 and 1954. While in medical school in the 1880s, Chekhov supported his family by publishing an endless series of short stories in weekly comic magazines.
The following photo by Michael Miller appeared on the front page of the Temple Daily Telegram on October 27, 2016.
Shown below are Michael Miller photographs from the Temple Daily Telegram on Sunday, October 30, 2016.
The musical Cabaret will be the first production of the 2016-17 school year. The cast and production staff is listed on the information page.
Evening performances (8 p.m.) are Thursday through Saturday, September 29 through October 1. Sunday matinee is October 2 at 2 p.m. General admission tickets are $10 in advance (available from students involved with the show) or online. At the door, general admission tickets are $15. You can also obtain reserved seating tickets (first six rows of the center section) online. Reserved seats are $20.
Cabaret takes place from 1929-1930, a time when Berlin, in the midst of a Post-World War I economic depression, is transitioning from a center of underground, avant-garde culture to the beginnings of Hitler’s totalitarian regime and the rise of the Nazi Party. Into this world enters Clifford Bradshaw (Andrew Tye), a struggling American writer looking for inspiration for his next novel.
On his first night in Berlin, Cliff wanders into the Kit Kat Klub, a seedy nightclub overseen by the strange, omniscient Emcee (Benjamin Clardy). Here, Cliff meets Sally Bowles (Emma Tolleson), a vivacious, talented cabaret performer, and an utterly lost soul. Sally and Cliff begin a relationship, which blossoms unexpectedly into a dream-like romance.
As time passes, however, the situation in Berlin changes from exciting and vital to ominous and violent. Ernst Ludwig (Dylan Prather), Cliff’s first German friend, turns out to be an up-and-coming member of the Nazi Party. Herr Schultz (Nickolas Winkler), a fellow boarder at Fraulein Schneider’s (Kaiya Fowler) guest house (and Schneider’s fiancée), is the victim of an Anti-Semitic hate crime.
The musical numbers include many famous songs including "Willkommen", "Don't Tell Mama", "Mein Herr", "Maybe This Time", "Money" and "Cabaret".
The original Broadway production won many Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Original Score, Best Featured Actor and Actress, Best Direction, Best Choreography, Best Scenic Design and Best Costume Design.
CLICK HERE for the Information Page (cast, production staff, etc.) The show is rated PG-13.
Below is an article by Crystal Dominguez that appeared in the Temple Daily Telegram on September 29, 2016. The photo is by Temple High School's own Coach Matt Corley.
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.