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Information Page for "Murder, Actually"

Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre by Edith Weiss

Thursday, November 7. 2019 at 7 p.m.
Sunday, November 10 at 1 p.m.
Temple High School Main Cafeteria

Tickets (includes the meal): $15 in advance, $20 at the door
Advanced tickets recommended because of limited seating

It's the fall of 1908 at the stately Withering Heights Estate. It’s the weekend of Algernon and Catherine’s wedding, and no one is happy about it — not the bride and bridegroom, not the family, not the neighbors, not the servants, not even the entertainment — the Roving Society of Poets and Yoemen. But especially not Algernon’s brother, Heathcliff, and his friend, Lady Virginia, who have raced home from their world travels to be at the wedding. Strange things start happening, and it appears the wedding is off. But maybe all is not what it seems?


Catherine, the bride to be = Kerynn Eckenrode
Algernon Poe, bridegroom = Cameron Hooper

   Nanny, Catherine's nanny = Sereniti Patterson
   Petunia, Catherine's maid = Victoria Stanley
   Brutus, Catherine's bodyguard = Daniel Salazar

   Constance Poe, Algernon's aunt = Jasmin Buckner
   Prudence Poe, also Algernon's aunt = Alyssa Amador
   Lulu, maid = Kylie Burke
   Alma, cook = Torrie Culp
   Betty, housekeeper = Phoebe Gonzales
   Bertie, butler = Michael Rodriguez
   Heathcliff Poe, Algernon's younger brother = Austin Madsen
   Lady Virginia, Heathcliff's friend = Genevieve Myers

   Scarlet de Dalveen = Olivia Cabrera
   Spencer de Dalveen = Shane Godfrey

   MacKenzie, head of the society = Alexander Gontscharow
   Taylor = Ayanna Pitre
   Sydney = Alivea Johnson
   Thomas = Thomas Painter
   Stevie = Liam Bro 


Director = Natasha Tolleson
Technical Director = Joe Lombardo
Lights & Sound Supervisor = Kayla Stewart

Stage Manager = Allison Quiroz
Assistant Stage Manager = Mimansha Shrestha

Set Painter = Morgan Madsen
Set Crew = Philip Aragon, Saul Berumen. Isabella Duckett. Colin Fowler,
   Jacob Edwards, Matthew Harris, Erica Lynch, Marshall Thomas,
   Jacoah Gray, Terry Austin, Michelle Boyles

Costume Mistress = Lauren Bruckbauer
Costume Crew = Carmel Ankrom, Dacey Dulaney,
   Jillian Knox, Audrey Portillo

Hair & Make-Up Crew = Baylee Black, Olivia Cabrera, Jonathan Equels,
    Amanda Jantes, Julia Prather

Properties Mistresses =Kelsi Seiter, Jenna Bubenik and Penelope Gonzalez
Properties Crew = , Alexander Gontscharow, Alivea Johnson,
   Kyle Kilgore, Thomas Painter, Ayanna Pitre

Sound Crew = Holden Rounds, Janice Cody



DELETED FROM THE COMPANY = Isaiah Owens-Williams, Ashli Haversperger, 



Subject to change

Monday 10/14 = 1:30 Rehearsal
Tuesday 10/15 = 4:15 Rehearsal
Wednesday 10/16 = 4:15 Rehearsal

Monday 10/21 = 4:15 Rehearsal
Tuesday 10/22 = 4:15 Rehearsal
Wednesday 10/23 = 4:15 Rehearsal
Thursday 10/24 = 4:15 Rehearsal

Monday 10/28 = 4:15 Rehearsal
Tuesday 10/29 = 4:15 Rehearsal
Wednesday 10/30 = 4:15 Rehearsal

Sunday 11/3 = 2:00 TECH Rehearsal
Monday 11/4 = 4:15 Rehearsal
Tuesday 11/5 = 4:15 Rehearsal
Wednesday 11/6 = 4:15 Rehearsal
Thursday 11/7 = PERFORMANCE at 7 p.m.

Sunday 11/10 = Final PERFORMANCE
Everyone must remain for Strike








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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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)