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Temple High School 2019-2020 Productions Announced

Because of construction in the fine arts section of the building and because the band uses the stage for rehearsals several class periods each day, Temple High Theatre will be performing some shows at alternate locations during this school year.
     The first show will be Wilderness, performed at Meridith-Dunbar Auditorium, October 3-6. The play deals with the true stories of six teenagers with various mental illnesses and other problems. Their parents send them to a wilderness therapy camp where they have to learn to cope with their self-destructive tendencies through learning basic survival skills. (PG-13)
     Fall Footlights (An Evening of Short Plays with Desserts and Drinks) will be Thursday, October 10 and Saturday, October 12 at 7 p.m. (Note: Earlier time) in the Temple High School Main Cafeteria.
     Thursday, November 7 and Sunday, November 10 will be Murder, Actually, a murder mystery dinner theatre
     The group will attend the annual Texas Thespian Festival November 20-23 in Grapevine. The festival typically includes over 8000 attendees. A shortened edition of the play Wilderness will be performed at the convention. Temple will also compete in various individual and team events. Last year, they won state championships in team set design and team mask making, were a finalist for Troupe of the Year and advanced all eight individual event entries to the national contest.
     December 13-14-15 brings A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play, presented as a Newcomers Show, on the Temple High stage. The Charles Dickens holiday classic comes to life as a live 1940s radio broadcast, complete with vintage commercials.
     Performances of the comedy Love/Sick will be January 24-26 on the Temple High stage. The play, from the creator of Almost, Maine, is a collection of several slightly twisted and completely hilarious short plays. Every scene is about love, and especially about love's power to make you sick — not only heartsick, but sometimes physically ill.
     Auditions for the annual UIL One-Act Play Contest entry will be January 27 and 28. The first level of competition (zone) will be Saturday, February 29. Last year, Temple advanced through all levels of the contest and, at the state finals, was named 5th in the state out of the 254 schools that began the contest in 6A.
     In addition, Mrs. Tolleson is directing several shows for other local theatre organizations. At the Cultural Activities Center, she will direct Eurydice in November and The Diary of Anne Frank in April. Cat of a Hot Tin Roof will be performed in January-February at Temple Civic Theatre.


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

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)