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Information Page for "Men on Boats" One-Act Play

By Jacklyn Backhaus
Temple High School's 2022 entry in the annual UIL One-Act Play Contest

District Contest = Thursday, March 10 at Harker Heights
Bi-District Contest = Thursday, March 24 at Temple
Area Contest = Saturday, April 2 at Midway
Region Contest = Saturday, April 23 at Waco University
State Contest = May 5-7, 2022


John Wesley Powell, our one-armed leader = Natalie Greenfield
William Dunn, hunter and trapper = Alivea Johnson
John Colton Sumner, former soldier, explorer = Saniyah Galbreath
Old Shady, Powell's older brother = Rochelle Lopez
Bradley, Lieutenant, maic with youth = Brinley Belson
O.G. Howland, hunter = Skyler Gordon
Seneca Howland, O.G.'s younger brother = Michelle Boyles
Frank Goodman, British, so excited = Hanna Prince
Hall, mapmaker = Ash Hauersperger
Hawkins, the cook = Emily Perkins

UIL Alternates = Avery Tarbet, Kyra Williams, Tanijah Cody, Macy Ziehr


Directors = Natasha Tolleson, Kayla Stewart, Spencer Tolleson, Nathaniel Keefer
Stage Manager = Kelsi Seiter
UIL Crew = Kelsi Seiter, Janice Cody, Mekena McVean, Holden Rounds,
   Colin Fowler, Terry Austin, Alyssa Maggitt, Sydney Fisher,
   Sophia Pacheco, Jayden Maiani

On-Site Crew = Danae Hardister, Aracely Placencia, Allisandria Randle,
   Rania Ahmed, Angel Santiago, Alyssa Olivares, Bianca Rios,
   Victoria Stanley, Thomas Painter, Hayden Korsmo,
   Melody Oradesky, Antonio Gordon

(Updated March 3, 2022)







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)