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Temple Advances More To Nationals Than Any School

Temple High theatre students had great success at the Texas State Thespian Festival held November 15-18 in Grapevine. The convention had 7892 people in attendance (students, teachers, and chaperones).

Out of the 280 troupes at convention, Temple was one of 10 schools named an All-Star Troupe. Temple was also named one of the three finalists for the 2016-17 Outstanding Troupe award. The group performed the comedy Wonder of the World in front of a standing-room-only audience, with Adara Felix being named Outstanding Supporting Actress for all marathon plays. Adara and Robert Solar both received $1000 Texas Thespian Scholarhips.

All 10 Temple individual events received superior ratings and advanced to the national competition held June 25-30, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. No other troupe in the entire state had that many entries advance. These events included group musical (Sierra Amalbert, Callie Ortega, Adara Felix, Rebecca Alley, Olivia Cabrera, Allison Quiroz and Alante Anderson), duet acting (Morgan Madsen, Kerynn Eckenrode), duet acting (Gabe Salazar, D’Andre Wright), solo musical (Kaiya Fowler), solo musical (Arreyon Blocker). scenic design (Izzy Poehlmann), lighting design (Ricardo Fontanez), costume design (Brianna Alexander), sound design (Michael Jones) and theatre marketing (Seth Little).

In the Texas Team events, Temple won first place in the state for team mask making. The team included Grace Mellette, Adara Felix, Callie Ortega, and Olivia Cabrera.


Pictured at left are Anaiya Harris and Bailee Poelker with their Team Make-Up and Hair Design entries in the Texas team events. At right is a photo of the first place winner in Team Mask Making. At the top right is Sierra Amalbert, who found her doppelgänger on a poster at the convention.

The troupe made the front page of the Temple Daily Telegram on November 28, 2017:


Thespian Troupe #1966
Temple High School
Theatre Arts Department
415 South 31st Street
Temple, TX 76504

Kayla Stewart
Office 254-215-7278

Assistant Director
Evan Scott

Technical Director
Andy Reed

YouTube (thespiansrus)

30 Years

Temple's UIL One-Act Play Team has been a District Champion for 30 years in a row (as of March 2022). No other UIL team at Temple High holds such a record.

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2020-2021 Highlights

Texas Thespians:
18 Students Advance to
International Competition

State Champion:
Thespian Team Tech Design

Three Films Advance in
UIL Film Contest

Five State Qualifiers
in UIL Theatrical Design;
Group Wins Bronze Medal

District Speech: 10 of 15
Advancers were from Temple,
Two District Team Champs

UIL One-Act Play Student Body
Advances to State Meet
(5th Time in the last 6 Meets)
Final 8 out of 249 schools

State 2nd Runner-Up, UIL
Theatre Team Champions

2019-2020 Highlights

Texas Thespian Convention
Six Events Advance to
International Competition

Named a Texas Thespian
Outstanding Troupe (1 of 6)

Named Texas Thespian
All-Star Troupe (1 of 23)

Second Place in Texas
Team Mask Making

Performed Marathon Play
Wilderness for 500 people

UIL One-Act Play Mac Beth
District Champion. Contests
after district were cancelled

2018-2019 Highlights

Mrs. Tolleson Named a
TETA Educator of the Year

Texas Thespian Convention
All 8 Events Advance to
International Competition

Team Mask Making

Team Set Design

Nominee, Texas Thespian
Troupe of the Year (1 of 6)

5th Place
Baby with the Bathwater

Texas UIL 6A State Finals
One-Act Play Competition
(Out of 254 schools)

5th Place in Texas, Div. 2
UIL Dramatic Design Group

2017-2018 Highlights

Texas Thespian Convention
All 10 Events Advance to
International Competition
(More than any other troupe)

Texas Thespian Performance
of Wonder of the World

Texas Thespian All-Star
Troupe (1 of 10 in Texas)

Nominee, Texas Thespian
Troupe of the Year (1 of 3)

4th Place On the Verge
Texas UIL 5A State Finals
One-Act Play Competition
(Out of over 250 schools)