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First Round in UIL One-Act Contest is Saturday, February 29

The first round of competition in this year's UIL One-Act Play Contest is the zone competition on Saturday, February 29 at University High, 3201 South New Road, in Waco. Because District 12-6A has nine schools, it was divided into zones for this first round.

Performances begin at 2 p.m. and run back-to-back. (*approximate time)
2:00 p.m. Midway High, Shakespeare in Hollywood
*2:50 p.m. Temple High, Mac Beth
*3:40 p.m. Harker Heights High, Hecuba
*4:30 p.m. Waco High, Ada and the Engine
Auditorium doors are typically closed during each performance and audience members may enter or leave only between performances.

Critic judges include David Nanny, Mike Schraeder and Rachel Harrah. Contest manager is Larry Carpenter.

There is no charge for admission at this level of the contest. If driving from Temple, take Exit 331 (New Road) and turn right. Travel past the main school building and turn right onto Old Robinson Road. You will then see the auditorium and its parking lot.

Three of the four schools will advance to the district contest, which will be Saturday, March 7, at the Midway Performing Arts Center.

The following article by Joel Valley appeared in the Temple Daily Telegram on Friday, February 28:


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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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
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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

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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
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(Out of over 250 schools)