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Eight Students Advance to the State Design Finals

Eight Temple students have advanced to the state finals in the annual UIL Theatrical Design Contest. This year's contest involved designs to produce Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in a way that it had not been produced before. The target audience for the design was specified as "children and the adults who love them." Results were announced March 15, 2019.

The student's work will be on display during the state one-act play contests, April 24-26, at the Round Rock ISD Performing Arts Center. Oral critiques will be given on Friday, April 26, with the awards ceremony at 3 p.m. Awards are given for six places, and Temple competes in Division 2, which is 5A and 6A schools.

Temple's group entry will compete against 13 other schools in the division. The group included Isabel Poehlmann, Morgan Madsen, Olivia Cabrera and Allison Quiroz. The theme used was retro 1980s video games.

Set designers advancing to state included Ashlyn Farley (claymation theme) and Anthony Williamson (medieval dark fantasy). Costume designers included Brianna Alexander (whimsical, playful) and Rebecca Alley (bittersweet, texture of latex).

Competing against Temple's group team are Allen, Baytown Goose Creek, Houston High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Keller, Laredo Alexander, Mansfield Legacy, Mission Veterans Memorial, Pharr-San Juan-Alamo North, Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Southwest, San Antonio East Central, Taft, Texarkana Texas and Waco University. Previously, Temple's group team won the State Championship in 2008 (first year of the contest, winning against all Texas schools) and in 2014 (5A and 6A only).


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

Natasha Tolleson
Office 254-215-7278

Theatre Instructor,
Lights & Sound
Kayla Stewart

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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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18 Students Advance to
International Competition

State Champion:
Thespian Team Tech Design

Three Films Advance in
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Five State Qualifiers
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District Speech: 10 of 15
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2019-2020 Highlights

Texas Thespian Convention
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International Competition

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

Second Place in Texas
Team Mask Making

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

2018-2019 Highlights

Mrs. Tolleson Named a
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Texas Thespian Convention
All 8 Events Advance to
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Team Set Design

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

5th Place
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Texas UIL 6A State Finals
One-Act Play Competition
(Out of 254 schools)

5th Place in Texas, Div. 2
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Texas Thespian All-Star
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4th Place On the Verge
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