"It could start the windmills on an old Dutch painting."

"The Laramie Project" November 13-16 Print Email

The cast and production staff for the second show of the 2014-15 school year, The Laramie Project, have been announced. Rehearsals begin October 13.

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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. Click "READ MORE" to see the complete listing.


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"The Addams Family" Musical October 9-12 Print Email

The first production of the 2014-15 school year, The Addams Family musical, will be performed October 9-12, 2014. General admission tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Reserved seat tickets (first six rows of the center sections) are available online and are $15 each. Tickets are available from students in the cast or production staff. Online tickets are available by clicking on the SeatYourself logo on the right side of this web page.

CLICK HERE to view the Information Page about the show, which includes a cast list, a production staff list, and a rehearsal schedule.

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 (Herbert Clardy), Pugsley (Scott Searles), Grandma (Dana Lauchner) and Lurch (Daniel Eshbaugh), as well as several other Addams characters and ancestors.

 
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The sets have been Gorey-fied by Technical Director and Lead Scenic Artist Brad LaMotte and his students. Below are some photos from Monday night's dress rehearsal:

 
Below is an article by Susan Chandler, with photos by Michael Miller, that appeared in the Temple Daily Telegram on October 9, 2014. (The photo labeled "Creepy and Kooky" appeared on the front page.


 
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.

 
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.

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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 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 Changes UIL Districts for 2014-2016 Print Email

Beginning with the 2014-2015 school year, Temple High School will move to UIL District 17-5A. With the UIL addiing a 6A conference, Temple essentially is dropping a conference, even though the school is keeping the 5A designation.

After having the smallest enrollment in the district from 2012 through 2014, Temple will have the largest enrollment (2027 students) in the new district. Other schools in 17-5A will be Manor High (2008 students), Pflugerville Connally (1963), Waco High (1737), Hutto High (1547), Waco University (1538) and Elgin High (1286).

Several one-act play rules will change in 2015, including advancing three plays (instead of two) from most contests, and adding an additional round of competition (bi-district).

 

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Temple High School
   415 North 31st Street
   Temple, TX 76504

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Natasha Tolleson
      (254) 215-7036

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   B. K. Goodman
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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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