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Bi-District Contest is Thursday, March 24 at Temple High

Temple High School's 2022 entry in the annual UIL One-Act Play Contest is Men on Boats by Jacklyn Backhaus. The second round of the contest (bi-district) will be Thursday, March 24 at Temple High School. The first school performs at 1 p.m. and the shows run back-to-back. There is no charge for admission, but the audience must enter or exit only between shows,

PERFORMANCE ORDER (Times are estimates only. Plays run back-to-back)
1 p.m. Waco HS — The Revolutionists
2 p.m. Temple HS — Men on Boats
3 p.m. Killeen Harker Heights HS — The Last Days of Judas Iscariot
4 p.m. Midway HS — Peter and the Starcatcher
5 p.m. Waxahachie HS — A Monster Calls
6 p.m. Bryan HS — A Midsummer Night's Dream

Adjudicators will be Patty MacMullen, Linda Major and Charlie Hukill. Amy Medina is serving as contest manager. Three of the six schools will advance to the Area Contest on Saturday, April 2, at Midway ISD Performing Arts Center.

Temple's play features an all-female cast. In 1869, ten explorers set off to chart the Green and Colorado Rivers, under the guidance of John Wesley Powell, a Civil War Veteran and personal friend of President Grant. This is a government-sanctioned journey following in the footsteps of the deserters, lone adventurers, and countless indigenous people who have previously braved the wild rapids leading through Colorado, Utah and New Mexico, and through the most dangerous waterway of all — the Grand Canyon.

A complete list of the cast and production crew members can be found on the Information Page for this production.

CLICK HERE to read the March 21 emailed Thespian Newsletter


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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)