Temple High School
Thespian Troupe #1966
Theatre Arts Dept.
415 North 31st Street
Temple, TX 76504
(254) 215-7036
(Changed Sept. 2005)


Welcome to our Website

     Thanks for visiting our website. We're planning a website revision for September 2008, so please check back. As you may know, Temple High School's auditorium will be undergoing renovations for the entire 2008-09 school year, so we'll be performing in other venues until the auditorium re-opens, scheduled for Fall 2009.


Auditions for Picnic -- Tuesday & Wednesday, September 2 & 3

     Auditions for the first show of the school year -- Picnic -- will be Tuesday and Wednesday, September 2 & 3, at 4:15 p.m. in the 9th Grade Cafeteria. Auditions will include "cold" readings from the script. Parts for the show include seven girls and four guys. Performances will be September 25-28.
     Download the Audition Form PDF file. With most versions of Acrobat Reader, you can fill out the audition form on your computer screen before you print it out on your printer. Turn completed forms into the Stage Manager at auditions.
     Students who want to work on the Production Staff can also fill out the form and turn it in at the auditions. The same form is used for actors and production staff.
     The play received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. When it opened on Broadway, it received the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Play of the season and the Tony Award for best direction. It was Paul Newman's Broadway debut. CLICK HERE to read the Wikipedia article about the play.


 2008-2009 SCHOOL YEAR

Tentative Schedule for the Coming School Year

     Here are some tentative dates for the Temple High School Theatre Arts 2008-09 school year.
     September 2 & 3 -- Open Auditions for Picnic
     September 11 -- Nomination deadline for Homecoming King and Queen
     September 25-26-27-28 -- Performances of Picnic, location to be announced
     September 29 & 30 -- Open Auditions for the musical Into the Woods
     October 6 & 7 -- Open Auditions for Pride & Prejudice
     October 4 -- UIL Student Activity Conference (Super Saturday) at UT Austin
     Weekend of October 11 & 12 -- Attend performance of Urinetown  at Baylor University
     October 17 & 18 -- Polyfoniks Dinner Show
     Date to be added for the Thespian Halloween Party
     November 13-14-15-16 -- Performances of Pride & Prejudice, Cultural Activities Center
     November 20-23 -- Texas State Thespian Festival, Fort Worth
     December 1(?) -- Deadline for submissions for the UIL State Theatrical Design Contest
     Date to be added for the Thespian "White Elephant" Christmas Party
     January 15-16-17-18 -- Performances of Into the Woods, Cultural Activities Center
          (Please note the spring musical is several weeks earlier than usual because of changing locations)
     January 22-25 -- Texas Educational Theatre Association (TETA) Convention, Houston
     Date to be added for the Middle School One-Act Play Contest
     Date to the added for UIL One-Act Play Zone Contest (needed if all eight district schools enter)
     Date to the added for UIL One-Act Play District Contest, location to be decided
     April 9 -- UIL One-Act Play Area Contest, Leander Performing Arts Center
     April 24 -- UIL One-Act Play Regional Contest, Baylor, Critic Judge Jim Mammarella
     May 7-9 -- UIL One-Act Play State Contest, Austin, Critic Judge Bob Singleton
     May 9 -- UIL State Theatrical Design Awards, Austin
     May 15 & 16 -- Polyfoniks Spring Show
     May 23 -- Senior Breakfast and Thespian Annual Banquet
     (Show titles and dates are subject to change.)


Temple Thespians Invade Lincoln, Nebraska for
International Competition, June 23-29

     Temple Thespian Troupe members competed at the International Thespian Festival at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln June 23-29. Temple's competitors advanced from the state convention (held last November in Fort Worth) to the international contest.
     Alexandra Tolleson won the International Thespian Competition in Publicity Design for Tartuffe.  Thumper Gosney (costume design) and Nathan Graham (scenic design) also competed, but were not selected as first place. Only first place names are announced in the technical competitions.
     Emily Kleypas competed in monologue, but was not selected for a callback in that contest. There were 65 entries in the monologue contest, and only five received callbacks.
     Temple's Group Musical entry was selected as one of two schools for "private callbacks" before a judging panel. The judging panel for callbacks selected Temple's Group Musical entry as the 2008 International Thespian Contest Winner, and the group performed twice Friday morning for the entire convention (2600 people) in two different auditoriums.
     It is extremely rare for one troupe to win two international awards at the same festival. The convention program lists 280 Thespian Troupes as attending the festival, with the furtherest listed as from the United Arab Emirates.
     The group musical participants are directed by Natasha Tolleson and include Chris Burrow, Anya Godigamuwe, Corrie Hermans, Cory Kosel (soloist), Farrell Matthews, Elizabeth Pasichnyk, John Patterson, Scott Ray, Matt Rublee, Stephanie Scherer (soloist), Trenton Schneiders, Samantha Sheffer, Rachel Ann Stonestreet, Sarah Jo White and Shalyssa Wright. Phillip Vriseno operates the musical accompaniment.
     The last contest Temple won at the International Competition was in 2004 for Scenic Design.
     Four incoming seniors (Corrie Hermans, Emily Kleypas, Alexandra Tolleson and Shalyssa Wright) all participated in college auditions. Each girl performed a brief audition before college and university representatives. The universities then issued callback invitations to those students they would like to visit with personally. All four Temple girls received multiple callbacks from the schools.
     Nathan Graham received several callbacks from his technical theatre college auditions.
     The group attended several workshop sessions at the festival and also saw shows performed by many other high-school groups. These shows included Chicago, Hairspray, Sweeney Todd, Little Shop of Horrors and Noises Off.

     CLICK HERE to see the Group Musical contest entry from Lincoln, Nebraska, on June 24.

     CLICK HERE for the ThespianR.Us Snapfish group room to view photos from the Nebraska adventure. More photos are being added everyday.
     CLICK HERE to see a rehearsal of the Group Musical before its callback performance.

     CLICK HERE to leave a message in our guestbook.

     CLICK HERE to read an article from NYTimes.com about this year's festival in Lincoln.

Group Musical winners and Publicity Design winner at the International Thespian Festival in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Display for the 2008 International Thespian Winner in Publicity Design by Alexandra Tolleson

One of the shows the group attended was And Then They Came for Me, which involved Eva Schloss (pictured with Temple's Claressa Caswell). Eva is a Holocaust and Auschwitz survivor, a childhood friend of Anne Frank, and become Anne's stepsister when Eva's mother married Anne's father, Otto. Eva took questions from the audience following the very moving play. The university scheduled a book signing Saturday afternoon, but for a convention of over 2600 people, the Nebraska Bookstore ordered only 50 copies of Eva's book, so they were sold out before the signing even began.




Don't Forget Our Guestboook

We've created a new Guestbook on one of the guestbook services. If you want, please leave our troupe a message. Thanks.
CLICK HERE or click on the menu bar at left.


Download Links for Thespian-Related Documents

     Here are various links to PDF documents related to Temple High Thespians:

     Temple High Audition Form

     Into the Woods Program Advertising Info (coming soon)
     Into the Woods Biographical Info Sheet for all Cast & Production Staff members (coming soon)

     UIL Theatrical Design Contest for 2009 (Entry deadline December 1, 2008) Info & Prompt Sheet
     Prompt Sheet for UIL Theatrical Design Contest for 2009




Previous Home Page while Site Is Being Revised

     CLICK HERE for the old home page that includes info on all the productions and events from the 2007-08 school year.



Last updated on August 25, 2008       © 2006 by Temple High School Thespian Troupe #1966, Sponsored by Natasha Tolleson
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