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Thespians To Compete at 2019 State Competition

    Each year, Texas Thespians host a state-wide festival which includes over 8,200 attendees. This year, students and their troupe directors will celebrate an entire weekend of theatre November 21-23 at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center in Grapevine.
   Temple High will present a shortened version of the play Wilderness that students performed in October at Meridith-Dunbar Auditorium. Temple's performance is Saturday, November 23, at 8:30 a.m. in Room Texas C on the 3rd level of the convention center.
   Student will compete in the International Thespian Excellence Awards (Thespys™ for short). which is an educational program that offers Thespians the opportunity to receive constructive feedback on prepared theatrical material and technical designs. A panel of judges rate the entries with superior as the top possible score. Last year, all eight Temple entries received superior ratings.
   For the group musical contest, students will be performing "Snuff That Girl" from Urinetown. Competing students include Terry Austin, Liam Bro, Kerynn Eckenrode, Jacob Edwards, Jonathan Equels, Cameron Hooper, Erica Lynch, Austin Madsen, Genevieve Myers, Macy Parks, Allie Quiroz, Michael Rodriguez and Mimansha Shrestha.
   Sereniti Patterson will perform "Easy As Life" from Aida in the solo musical competition.
   Torrie Culp, Alexander Gontscharow and Julia Prather will compete in group acting with a scene from Arabian Nights. A second group acting team will include Alyssa Amador, Jasmin Buckner, Matthew Harris and Jacoah Grey, and will perform a scene from Triage.
   Daniel Salazar will enter his original video "Thirst" in the short film (five minutes) contest.
   Entries in the technical Thespys contests include Kylie Burke (theatrical marketing), Olivia Cabrera (makeup design), Ricardo Fontanez (lighting design) Michael Jones (sound design) and Morgan Madsen (scenic design).
   Texas-only team technical events include:
     Team Costume Design: Dacey Dulaney, Jillian Knox, Audrey Portillo and Lauren Bruckbauer.
     Team Set Design: Amy Alarcon, Kerynn Eckenrode, Penelope Gonzalez and Allie Quiroz.
     Team Hair and Makeup Design: Baylee Black, Jonathan Equels, Macy Parks and Julia Prather.
     Team Mask Making: Kylie Burke, Olivia Cabrera, Morgan Madsen and Kelsi Seiter.
Last year, Temple won the state championships in team set design and team mask making.
   The Texas Tech Challenge is a series of timed events that are designed to test the knowledge of basic skills that every technician should have. Tech Challenge team members include Terry Austin, Jacob Edwards, Kayla Ezaqui, Colin Fowler, Penelope Gonzalez, Jacoah Grey and Connor Harty.


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

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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)