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Addams Family Cast & Production Staff Announced Print Email

The cast and production staff for the first production of the 2014-15 school year, The Addams Family, have been announced. The musical will be performed October 9-12, 2014.

CLICK HERE to view the Information Page about the show. A Rehearsal Schedule has now been added.

That lovable family of creepy kooks, created by Charles Addams, is alive and well and living in their super-spooky mansion in Central Park. The Addams family, led by devoted husband Gomez (Chris Kleypas) and his elegant and seemingly undead wife Morticia (Kassie Benner), is in turmoil. Their daughter Wednesday (Avery Ling) finds herself falling in love — a sensation that is unsettling for both her and her family of endearing misfits. When the teen invites her new boyfriend Lucas (Remy Kent) over with his “normal” mom and dad (Zoe Mischtian and Matthew Caldwell) to get better acquainted with the Addams household, comic chaos ensues. Adding to the confusion are Uncle Fester (Alex Clardy), Pugsley (Scott Searles), Grandma (Dana Lauchner) and Lurch (Daniel Eshbaugh), as well as several Addams ancestors.

 
Important Dates for 2014-15 School Year Print Email

Here are some of the important dates for the 2014-15 school year. Other information will be added when available.

September 30 & October 1 = Auditions for The Laramie Project

October 9-12 = The Addams Family (musical) performances
October 13 = Rehearsals begin for The Laramie Project
October 14 & 15 = Auditions for the Newcomers Show (title to be announced)
October 17 = Homecoming
October 20 = Rehearsals begin for The Newcomers Show
October 24 = Thespian Halloween Party
October 25 & 26 = Polyfoniks Show

November 1 = UIL Student Activity Conference (Super Saturday) in Austin
November 1 & 2 = Encore Show
November 13-16 = The Laramie Project  performances
November 20-23 = Texas State Thespian Festival in Dallas
November 24-28 = Thanksgiving Week Holidays

December 5-7 = Newcomers Show (title to be announced) performances
December 9 = Holiday Gift to the Community
December 10 & 11 = Auditions for Footloose in the 9th Grade Cafeteria
December 12 = Sing-Through for Footloose
December 15-18 = Music Rehearsals for Footloose
December 19 = Last day of classes before the Christmas Holidays
December 19 = Thespian Christmas Party

Monday, January 5 = Footloose Rehearsals Begin (Classes begin January 6)
Wednesday, January 21 = Deadline to submit UIL Film entries
January 29-February 1 = TETA Director's Conference in Houston

February 5-8 = Footloose (musical) performances
February 5 = UIL Design Deadline
February 9 & 10 = Auditions for UIL One-Act Play
February 11 & 12 = Middle School One-Act Play Rehearsals on stage
February 17 = One-Act Play Rehearsals Begin
Wednesday, February 18 = UIL Film State Finals in Austin
February 21 = Middle School One-Act Play Festival
February 23 = Middle School One-Act Play Performances

March 7 = UIL One-Act Play Clinic
March 14 = UIL One-Act Play Clinic
March 16-20 = Spring Break (typically some one-act activities during this week)
March 19 & 20 = UIL One-Act Play Retreat
March 21 = UIL One-Act Play Clinic
March 28 = District Academic Meet

Wednesday, April 1 = UIL District One-Act Play, Rehearsals for all 7 Schools, Temple High
Thursday, April 2 = UIL District One-Act Play Contest (7 Teams), Temple High
     (There is NO Zone Contest anymore, but Bi-District has been added. Three schools advance.)
April 3-5 = Easter Holidays
Friday, April 10 = UIL Bi-District One-Act Play Contest (6 Teams), University High School in Waco,
     Judge Kelly Parker
Tuesday, April 14 = Hosting the 1A Area One-Act Play Contest (Region IV, Area 1, Districts 25-A through 28-A)
Saturday, April 18 = UIL Area One-Act Play Contest (6 Teams), Lone Star College in Tomball,
     Judges Jim Mammarella, Susan Loughran and Ron Jones
Friday, April 24 = UIL Regional One-Act Play Contest (6 Teams), San Jacinto College-Central in Pasadena,
     Judges Patty MacMullen, Charles Falcon and Travis Springfield
April 25 = Region Academic Meet

May 26-28 = UIL State Meet (design and one-act play) in Austin
     Judges Allison Frost, Ron Dodson and Roger Schultz
May 30 = Thespian Banquet

June 4 = Last day of classes
June 20-29 = International Thespian Festival, Lincoln, Nebraska (includes travel dates)

 
Temple Film Wins #1 in Lincoln, One-Act Play Performed Print Email


Jared Smith's film Heart on Sleeve was selected as the International Champion at the annual Thespian Festival held June 23-29 at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. The film was screened before the 4000 convention delegates on Saturday.


Friday night, Temple High performed their 2014 UIL One-Act Play entry, Never the Sinner, in the Johnny Carson Theatre. Representatives from the licensing company, Samuel French, were on-hand for the performance and took the above Instagram photo of part of Temple's group.

   
In an online contest sponsored by Samuel French for the best daily "selfie" at the convention, Kassie Benner was chosen as one of the daily winners (above left). She and Scott Searles (above right) picked up her prizes.

 
Stopping by Eskimo Joe's in Stillwater Print Email

Returning from the International Thespian Festival in Lincoln, Nebraska, Temple High Thespians stopped at Eskimo Joe's in Stillwater, Oklahoma, on Sunday, June 29, 2014.


This is the entire group of students that represented Temple in Lincoln.


These are our seniors who graduated in 2014, photographed with Mrs. Tolleson at Eskimo Joe's.

 
Temple Students to Compete in Lincoln, Nebraska Print Email

Temple High School's Thespian Troupe is headed to Lincoln, Nebraska, for the annual International Thespian Festival. The convention and competition is June 23-28, at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The troupe will be competing in 11 different events as well as performing the school's 2014 one-act play entry, Never the Sinner, on Friday night in the Johnny Carson Theatre.

CLICK HERE to view a PDF of the Never the Sinner program.

Students competing in technical events included Carissa Breeding (scenic design), Hannah Avery (costume design), Joseph "JoJo" Salas (stage management), Emma Tolleson (theatre marketing) and Rosemary Winsor (lighting design). Jared Smith will compete in the short film category.

Students competing in performance events included Eliah Fihn (monologue), Abby Denman and Taylor Wilson (duet acting), Ben Clardy (solo musical), Bonnie Langthorn and Josh Petersen (duet musical) plus group musical participants Kassie Benner, Alex Clardy, Hannah Gilmore, Michael Guillen, Dana Lauchner, Avery Ling, Jackie Lock, Remy Kent, Chris Kleypas, Spencer Mathesen, Zoe Mischtian, Marina Quintanilla, Scott Searles, Morgan Thomas and Nick Winkler.


 
Secret Garden Photos from State Convention Print Email

Texas Thespians have posted a photo album from Temple High School's performances of The Secret Garden at the Texas State Convention in Dallas, November 23, 2013. The Flickr album contains 597 photos.

CLICK HERE to view the album.

 
Temple Wins UIL Theatrical Design State Championship Print Email


UIL Theatrical Design award-winning students, pictured with Dramatic Design Teacher Natasha Tolleson, include (from left) Alyssa Kerr, Mickey Copple, Bri Rodriguez, Taylor Bookout, Jonathan Nabours and Dana Lauchner.

Temple High School students won the 2014 UIL State Championship in Group Theatrical Design, as well as two individual design awards. The awards were announced during ceremonies Wednesday, May 21, 2014, on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin. The group design award is the highest honor given during the evening, and was awarded last. Theatrical designs by 10 Temple students had been on display in Bass Concert Hall for three days.

There is only one State Championship awarded in this UIL contest. All school classifications (A through 5A) compete equally against each other.

Temple's four-person group entry included Dana Lauchner (costume design), Mickey Copple (make-up design), Bri Rodriguez (set design) and Taylor Bookout (marketing design). Alyssa Kerr won 2nd in Texas in individual set design and Jonathan Nabours won 4th in Texas is individual marketing design.

Other students who were state finalists for individual design entries included Mikayla Craig (costume design), Priscilla Guillen (make-up design), Emma Wenkert (make-up design) and Hannah Gilmore (set design).

CLICK HERE to see a photo album with pictures from Austin.
CLICK HERE for a YouTube video of the announcement.


Temple winning the 2014 UIL STATE CHAMPIONSHIP in Group Theatrical Design

 
Temple Advances 10 Students to UIL State Design Contest Print Email

Temple High School advanced 10 students (out of 12 entries) to the finals of the UIL 2014 Theatrical Design State Contest. Only one other school in the entire state (Pharr-San Juan-Alamo North High) had more students qualify for the state meet. The student designs will be on display May 19-21 at the Bass Concert Hall in Austin during the UIL one-act play state meet and are based on Tartuffe.

Temple students who advanced with individual design entries included Mikayla Craig (costume design), Priscilla Guillen (make-up design), Emma Wenkert (make-up design), Alyssa Kerr (set design), Hannah Gilmore (set design) and Jonathan Nabours (marketing design).

Temple students who were part of the four-person group entry included Dana Lauchner (costume design), Mickey Copple (make-up design), Bri Rodriguez (set design) and Taylor Bookout (marketing design).

In the UIL Theatrical Design contest, schools are NOT divided into classifications. All schools (Class A through 5A) compete equally against each other. Each school may enter a maximum of eight individual entries and one four-person team entry. This is the ninth year of the contest. Temple won the group state championship during the first year (2006). Temple also won 4th place in the state in group design for three years in a row (2009, 2010 and 2011). Last year, Temple's Group Theatrical Design Team (Madeline Kleypas, Dana Lauchner, Eric Southerland and Spencer Tolleson) won 2nd place in Texas. Megan Foutz (theatrical make-up design) and Michael Guillen (theatre marketing design) both won 4th place in the state in individual competition. The UIL gives awards for 1st through 5th place in each category.

 
Temple Students Win UIL Film State Championship Print Email

Temple High won the 2014 UIL Film State Championship in Division 2, Narrative. The results were announced Wednesday, April 16, during a screening of all the state finalist films at the Paramount Theatre in Austin. Temple's winning entry was VORTEX, and the film team included Jared Smith, Spencer Mathesen and Michael Guillen. Faculty sponsors were Natasha Tolleson and Richard Tolleson.

In the first year of this UIL contest, 495 films were entered. Division 2 consisted of 4A and 5A schools. The entries were screened by 123 volunteer judges who provided written critiques, ranked the films and advanced 143 of the 495 films to the state semi-finals. Next, 65 judges screened the semi-finalists, advancing 37 to the state finals. The categories for the competition included animation, documentary and narrative.

CLICK HERE for a YouTube video of the announcement.
CLICK HERE for a Photo Album from the event.


The Paramount Marquee and Temple's Film Team (from left): Jared Smith, Spencer Mathesen and Michael Guillen

Temple's state championship win made the FRONT PAGE of the Temple Daily Telegram on April 18, 2014, with an article by Susan Sharp and a courtesy photo furnished by Jody Donaldson:

 
Temple Advances from District to Area (22 Years in a Row) Print Email

For the 22nd year in a row, Temple High School (Never the Sinner) was named district co-champion and advanced to the area contest. Midway High (Sweet Nothing in My Ear) was the other advancing school. The district 8-5A contest was held Friday, March 28 at the Midway ISD performing arts center in Hewitt, Texas.

Temple won four of the eight all-star cast awards: Josh Petersen, Chris Kleypas, Jared Smith and Michael Guillen. Scott Searles was named to the honorable mention all-star cast. Rosemary Winsor was named best technician. 

After Critic Judge Kay Coleman told the company about dialogue that she thought needed to be added back to the cutting of the play, she said, "I had to be picky. Your play doesn't have much wrong with it."

CLICK HERE for a photo album from the district contest.

The area contest will be Saturday, April 12, at Waxahachie High School, 1000 North Highway 77, Waxahachie, TX 75165. Ezekiel Morgan of Houston will serve as critic judge for the area contest. The performances will begin at 1:45 p.m. and run back-to-back. Audience members may only enter or leave between plays.

The performance order, approximate time, school and play titles include:
   (1) 1:45 p.m., Arlington Martin, Holy Ghosts
   (2) 2:30 p.m., Mansfield Timberview High, Angelina Project
   (3) 3:15 p.m., Grand Prairie High, Rabbit Hole
   (4) 4:00 p.m., Midway High, Sweet Nothing in My Ear
   (5) 4:45 p.m., Arlington High, The Cripple of Inishmaan
   (6) 5:30 p.m., Temple High, Never the Sinner

Two of the six schools will advance from area to the regional contest, to be held Thursday, May 1, at Texas Tech University in Lubbock.

Below is a wonderful article by Susan Chandler from the March 30, 2014, Temple Daily Telegram with photos by Josh Quinn.


 
Final Performance of One-Act Play on Thursday, May 8 Print Email

The final public performance of Temple High School's 2014 entry in the UIL one-act play contest, Never the Sinner, will be Thursday, May 8 at 7 p.m. in the Temple High School Auditorium. Admission is $5 per person.

The play finished in the Top 12 out of the 257 5A schools that began this year's contest.

Temple's entries in the first year of the UIL Film Contest will also be screened, including the State Champion Film in Division 2, Narrative, V O R T E X.

Set in Chicago in 1924, this is the story of Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb and the murder trial in which they were defended by Clarence Darrow.

The cast of characters includes Nathan "Babe" Leopold, Jr. (Chris Kleypas), Richard "Dick" Loeb (Josh Petersen), Clarence Darrow, defense attorney (Michael Guillen), Robert Crowe, attorney for the state (Jared Smith), Reporter 1 (Matthew Caldwell), Reporter 2 (Kassie Benner), Reporter 3 (Remington Kent), Dr. William White, psychiatrist and defense expert (Scott Searles), Court Bailiff (Andrew Tye), Germaine Rheinhardt (Emma Tolleson), Dr. Hulbert (Zoe Mischtian), and Dr. Bowman (Eliah Fihn).

The UIL five-person crew includes Carissa Breeding, Alyssa Kerr, Joseph "JoJo" Salas, Morgan Thomas and Rosemary Winsor.

 
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2013-14 Highlights

International Thespian
Champion, Film

Texas Thespians,
Main Stage Performance
The Secret Garden

11 Events Advance to
International Competition

10 Students Advance
to State Finals in
UIL Theatrical Design
(2nd Highest Number of
Any School in Texas)

Texas Top 12, UIL 5A
One-Act Play Competition
(Out of 257 schools)

Texas State Champion
UIL Film Contest
Division 2, Narrative

Texas State Champion
UIL Group
Theatrical Design

2nd Place in Texas,
UIL Set Design

4th Place in Texas,
UIL Marketing Design

22 Years in a Row

Temple's UIL One-Act Play team has been the District Co-Champion for 22 years in a row (as of March 2014). No other UIL team at Temple High holds such a record.

2012-13 Highlights

International Thespian
Champion, Scenic Design

Texas Thespians,
All-Star Thespian Troupe

Eight Events Advance to
International Competition

3rd Place in the State,
Thespian Team Set Design

Four Students Perform
in the All-State Play

10 Students Advance
to State Finals in
UIL Theatrical Design
(2nd Highest Number of
Any School in Texas)

2nd Place in Texas,
UIL Group Theatrical Design

4th Place in Texas,
UIL Make-Up Design

4th Place in Texas,
UIL Marketing Design

2011-12 Highlights

International Thespian
Champion, Costume Design

Texas Top 12, UIL 5A
One-Act Play Competition
(Out of 254 schools)

10 Students Advance
to State Finals in
UIL Theatrical Design
(Highest Number in Texas)

Texas Thespians,
All-Star Thespian Troupe

Eight Events Advance to International Competition

1st Place in the State,
Thespian Mask Making

Four Students Selected
for the All-State Play

2010-11 Highlights

International Thespian Champion, Sound Design

International Thespian Co-Champion, Group Acting 

Texas Thespians,
All-Star Thespian Troupe

Nine Events Advance to International Competition

1st Place in the State,
Thespian Team Set Design

Three Students Performed
in the All-State Play

Six Students Advance to State Meet in UIL Theatrical Design

4th Place in the State,
UIL Group Dramatic Design

2009-10 Highlights

International Thespian Champion, Scenic Design

International Thespian Champion, Sound Design 

State Finalist (Final 8),
UIL 5A One-Act Play Contest (Out of 255 schools)

4th Place in the State,
UIL Group Dramatic Design

Texas Thespians,
All-Star Thespian Troupe

Nine Events Advance to International Competition

More UIL Theatrical Design State Finalists than any other school in Texas

2008-09 Highlights

International Thespian Champion, Theatre Marketing

International Thespian Champion, Stage Management 

Texas Thespians, All-Star Thespian Troupe

Texas Thespian Champion, Group Musical

Texas Top 12, UIL 5A One-Act Play Competition (Out of 255 schools)

4th Place in the State, UIL Group Dramatic Design

International Thespian
Top 2, Duet Mime

International Thespian
Final 4, Group Musical

2007-08 Highlights

International Thespian Champion, Group Musical

International Thespian Champion, Publicity Design

Texas Second Runner-Up at the state contest, UIL 5A One-Act Play Competition

Best Performer in Texas, UIL 5A One-Act Play Competition

Best Actor in Texas, UIL 5A One-Act Play Competition

Texas State Champion, UIL Group Dramatic Design (Conferences 1A-5A)

Texas Thespians, All-Star Thespian Troupe

2006-07 Highlights

Texas State Champion, UIL 5A One-Act Play Competition

Best Performer in Texas, UIL 5A One-Act Play Competition

Best Actress in Texas, UIL 5A One-Act Play Competition

Best Actor in Texas, UIL 5A One-Act Play Competition

Other Years

2004
International Thespian Champion, Scenic Design

2001
Texas Second Runner-Up at the state contest, UIL 5A One-Act Play Competition

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