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Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre November 7 & 10

Temple High Theatre's murder mystery dinner theatre, Murder, Actually, will perform Thursday, November 7 at 7 p.m., and Sunday, November 10 at 1 p.m. in the high school main cafeteria. A listing of the cast and production staff is available on the show's Information Page (click here). Tickets include the meal and are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Tickets are available from students or from

It's the fall of 1908 at the stately Withering Heights Estate. It’s the weekend of Catherine (Kerynn Eckenrode) and Algernon’s (Cameron Hooper) 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 (Austin Madsen), and his friend, Lady Virginia (Genevieve Myers), 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?

UPDATE — WE SOLD OUT THURSDAY NIGHT (11/7)At Thursday night's performance, because of the limited seating, we had to turn away some "at-the-door" customers. For Sunday afternoon, plan to arrive early — especially if you don't have advance tickets. We will admit people holding advance tickets first, then we will sell "at-the-door" tickets if any seats remain.

Below are photos by Mimansha Shrestha taken at a rehearsal on Tuesday, November 5, 2019

More rehearsal photos are posted for the troupe's Facebook page.

The following article by Melany Cox appeared in the Temple Daily Telegram on November 7, 2019:


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)