Temple's Ashlyn Medina won the Division 2 State Championship in individual hair and make-up design during UIL state finals in Round Rock April 14, 2017. Division 2 includes 5A and 6A schools. Her designs for Into the Woods were based on a Bollywood theme.
Temple's group entry won 5th place in Texas. It was focused on a film noir theme with an homage to German expressionism. Group members included Bianca Gutierrez (set design), James Equels (costumes), Bailee Poelker (hair and make-up) and Emma Tolleson (marketing).
Six Temple theatre students advanced to the 2017 State UIL Finals in Theatrical Design. The winners will be announced on Friday, April 14 at the state meet.
The state finalist entries will be on display at the Raymond E. Hartfield (Round Rock ISD) Performing Arts Center located at 5800 McNeil Dr., Austin TX 78729. Exhibits will be open Wednesday, April 12 and Thursday, April 13 from 4 to 11 p.m., as well as Friday, April 14 from 4 to 10:30 p.m. The students will receive oral critiques during the day Friday. The awards will be announced after 6A play performances on Friday at approximately 10:30 p.m. Awards are give for 1st through 6th place.
In this year's contest, students were required to create designs for Into the Woods with the UIL requirements to "revive the story for our time" and to "make this musical relevant to millennial audiences."
The contest is broken into two divisions, with 5A and 6A schools competing in Division 2. First through sixth place awards are given in each division's categories.
This year's group entry focused on a film noir theme with an homage to German expressionism. Group members included Bianca Gutierrez (set design), James Equels (costumes), Bailee Poelker (hair and make-up) and Emma Tolleson (marketing).
Last year, Temple's group entry placed 3rd in the state. This year, they will compete against 13 other group entries. This is Poelker's second time to advance to the state finals, and Tolleson's third time to advance.
Joseph Espinoza also advanced to the state finals with his retro video game designs in individual marketing. Temple's individual marketing entry last year placed sixth in the state.
Ashlyn Medina advanced with her Bollywood designs for hair and make-up. Temple's individual hair and make-up entry last year (by Poelker) placed third in the state.
The designs will be on display April 12-14 at the Heartfield Performing Arts Center in Austin, and April 18-20 at the Wilhelm Performing Arts Center in Bastrop. This years's design contest started with 740 participants.
Temple was named Alternate to the Regional Contest on Monday, April 3, 2017 at University High in Waco. That means that Temple ends its one-act play season as one of the Top 32 schools in Texas in the 5A classification, which began the year with 252 schools.
Andrew Tye was named to the Area All-Star Cast. Emma Tolleson and Benjamin Clardy were both named to the Honorary All-Star Cast, and Seth Little received an Outstanding Technician award.
Temple advanced to the area competition from bi-district, along with Whitehouse High (The Caucasian Chalk Circle) and Corsicana High (The Scottish Tragedy). The contest was March 25 at Waco University High. There are now only 48 schools remaining in this single-elimination contest, which started with 252 schools.
Emma Tolleson was named Best Actress in the contest. Adara Felix was named to the all-star cast, with Benjamin Clardy receiving an honorable mention all-star cast award. Samuel Little was selected as best technician.
The area contest will be Monday, April 3, at University High School in Waco. The contest begins at 1:30 p.m. Admission is $10 per person. Adjudicators will be Robin Robinson, Marion Castleberry, Eric Lee. From Temple, take the New Road exit and turn right onto New Road. Then just past the school, turn right onto North Old Robinson Road and travel to the parking-lot entrance at the back of the school.
Three of the six schools will advance to the Regional Contest April 6 & 7 in Pasadena.
The April 3 schedule in Waco will be:
1. 1:30 p.m. Pflugerville Connally, The Adding Machine
2. 2:20 p.m Magnolia High, Moliere
3. 3:10 p.m. Corsicana High, The Scottish Play
4. 4:00 p.m. Temple High, Hedda Gabler
5. 4:50 p.m. Whitehouse High, The Caucasian Chalk Circle
6. 5:40 p.m. Rouse High, David and Lisa
Times are approximate as performances run back-to-back.
Above is the Hedda Gabler company at bi-district competition.
Below is an article that appeared on the front page of the Temple Daily Telegram on April 1, 2017.
Temple High School's production of Hedda Gabler advanced in the District 18-5A one-act play contest on March 21, 2017 at College Station High School. This means that Temple has been district co-champion for 25 years in a row. The other two schools advancing with Temple were College Station High (After the Fall) and Bryan High (Twelve Dreams). The next level of competition will be the Bi-District Contest, March 25, 2017 at Waco University High.
Temple's Emma Tolleson was named Best Actress in the district. Benjamin Clardy was selected for the All-Star Cast. Adara Felix was named to the Honorable Mention All-Star Cast, and Callie Ortega was named Best Technician.
CLICK HERE to see a Facebook album of photos from the play.
Performance Order on Saturday, March 25 at Waco University High:
10 a.m. Lindale High, Medea
11 a.m. College Station High, After the Fall
12 noon Bryan High, Twelve Dreams
1 p.m. Whitehouse High, The Caucasian Chalk Circle
2 p.m. Temple High, Hedda Gabler
3 p.m. Corsicana High, The Scottish Tragedy
Times are approximate as the performances run back-to-back. Plan to arrive early in case they are running ahead of schedule. Wendy Barrett will serve as judge. Three of the six schools will advance to the Area Contest on Monday, April 3, at Waco University High.
Hedda Gabler, by Henrik Ibsen, has been selected for Temple High School's 2017 entry in the UIL One-Act Play Contest. Temple is the defending state champion in the 5A conference. The play is set in the 1890s in Kristiania (now Olso), Norway.
CLICK HERE for the Information Page about Hedda Gabler.
The read-through was February 8, with rehearsals beginning February 9. The first level of competition (district) is Tuesday, March 21 at College Station High School. Seven District 18-5A schools will compete in the contest, which begins at 2 p.m. Performance order and times include (#1-2:00) Bryan Rudder, (#2-2:50) College Station High, (#3-3:40) Waco University, (#4-4:30) A&M Consolidated, (#5-5:20) Temple High, (#6-6:10) Waco High and (#7-7:00) Bryan High. Performance times are approximate because the shows will run back-to-back. Three of the seven schools will advance to the bi-district contest. Eric Porter of Katy TX will serve as adjudicator.
Cast members include:
Hedda Gabler Tesman = Emma Tolleson
George Tesman, Hedda's husband = Andrew Tye
Eilert Lövborg, George's former colleague and
publishing competitor = Benjamin Clardy
Thea Elvsted, younger schoolmate of Hedda = Adara Felix
Judge Brack, an unscrupulous family friend = Dylan Prather
Miss Juliana Tesman, George's loving aunt who
raised him since childhood = Arreyon Blocker
Berte, servant of the Tesmans = Rebecca Alley
The UIL Five-Person Crew includes Gabe Fontanez, Samuel Little, Seth Little, Bailee Poelker and Callie Ortega. UIL Alternates include Chantal Cyrus, Anaiya Harris, Allison Quiroz and Gabriel Salazar.
The On-Site Crew includes Brianna Alexander, Sierra Amalbert, Alante Anderson, Baylee Black, Christopher Brown, Olivia Cabrera, Torrie Culp, Kerynn Eckenrode, Jonathan Equels, Ricardo Fontanez, Michael Jones, Simon Juarez, Morgan Madsen, Isabel Poehlmann, Robert Solar and D’Andre Wright.
Directors are Natasha Tolleson, Brad LaMotte and Kayla Stewart.
Temple High students are busy preparing for the musical Oklahoma!, which performs February 2-5. Oklahoma! was the first musical written by the team of Rodgers and Hammerstein.
Set in the Oklahoma Territory in 1906, it tells the story of cowboy Curly McLain (Benjamin Clardy) and his romance with farm girl Laurey Williams (Emma Tolleson). A secondary romance concerns cowboy Will Parker (Andrew Tye) and his flirtatious fiancée, Ado Annie (Adara Felix). The musical also features Laurey's Aunt Eller (Kaiya Fowler and Andylyn Schmidt), hired-hand Jud Fry (Nickolas Winkler) and peddler Ali Hakim (Gabriel Salazar).
Updated Sunday, February 5: Online ticket sales have ended. General admission and reserved seating tickets will be available at the door while they last.
CLICK HERE for the information page about Oklahoma! with cast and production staff members.
Below are articles by Melany Cox that appeared in the Temple Daily Telegram on February 2 and 5, 2017.
Temple theatre students on the stage where they performed Cabaret three times.
Fourteen Temple theatre students advanced in individual event contests from the state festival to the international competition. Results were announced at the Texas State Thespian Festival on December 3, 2016. The international competition will be June 17-26, 2017, in Lincoln, Nebraska.
In addition to the individual events, Temple was one of two schools asked to perform on the convention's main stage. All three performances of Cabaret were enthusiastically received. Also, Ben Clardy received a best actor award for his part as Emcee in Cabaret, and Emma Tolleson received a Texas Thespian scholarship. The convention was attended by around 7,200 people representing 246 high school Thespian troupes. The annual event moves to the Gaylord Texan next year.
The advancing events and students competing included:
Solo Musical: Benjamin Clardy, "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables" from Les Miserables
Duet Musical: Kaiya Fowler & Nickolas Winkler, "It Takes Two" from Into the Woods
Group Musical: Rebecca Alley, Sierra Amalbert, Olivia Cabrera, Callie Ortega, Allison Quiroz,
Emma Tolleson, Anyssa Torres, "Don't Tell Mama" from Cabaret
Monologue: Andrew Tye, King Lear
Lighting Design: Samuel Little, Cabaret
Costume Design: Grace Gomez, Cabaret
Scenic Design: Gabe Fontanez, Cabaret