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23 Temple Students Advance to Nationals

     Twenty-three Temple Thespians received superior ratings (the highest possible rating) and qualified to advance to nationals from the annual Texas Thespian Contest held November 18-20 in Grapevine.
     Advancing students included Hanna Prince and Melody Oradesky (both solo musical), Kelsi Seiter (stage management), Emily Perkins (make-up design), Janice Cody (lighting design), Mekena McVean (sound design) and Antonio Gordon (theatre marketing).
     Group musical students that advanced included Terry Austin, Michelle Boyles, Jenna Bubenik, Kiara Edwards, Sydney Fisher, Colin Fowler, Andrew Fredette, Saniyah Galbreath, Skyler Gordon, Natalie Greenfield, Ashli Hauersperger, Alivea Johnson, Jayden Maiani, Thomas Painter, Angel Santiago and Victoria Stanley.
     Emily Perkins was one of only two make-up design students in Texas to appear in the technical competition video during closing ceremonies. Antonio Gordon was one of only three marketing students to appear in the video. Hanna Prince and the group musical team were also selected as mainstage finalists.
     Saniyah Galbreath and Terry Austin were selected as All-State Performers and appeared during closing ceremonies. One of Temple's dramatic design teams (Terry Austin, Michelle Boyles, Rochelle Lopez and Alyssa Maggitt) was named one of the Top 5 Designs in Texas and had their work on display during the convention.
     Around 7000 Thespians attended the convention, and Hanna Prince was one of only 40 students to receive a $1000 scholarship.


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

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)