Temple High School's production of the musical Cabaret is one of only two school productions in Texas invited to perform on the main stage at the annual Texas State Thespian Convention. The meeting will be November 30-December 3 at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center in Dallas.
Theatre arts department director Natasha Tolleson was notified October 20 of the state review committee's decision.
The group will perform the show three times because of the number of attendees at the convention. The convention center's Naomi Bruton Theatre only seats 1750. Last year, over 6000 people attended the festival, which included 229 different Texas high school Thespian troupes.
Cabaret was originally performed at Temple High School September 29-October 2. Temple previously performed on the state convention's main stage in 2013 with the musical The Secret Garden.
Temple High School is the current UIL 5A State Champion in the annual one-act play contest.
The cast and production staff of Cabaret. (Photo by Matthew Corley)
Neil Simon's The Good Doctor will be performed Thursday-Saturday, November 3-5 at 8 p.m. with a Sunday matinee, November 6, at 2 p.m. General admission tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Tickets are available online or from students involved with the production. The audience will be seated on the Temple High Auditorium stage, on four sides of the actors. Audience members should enter the building through the glass lobby on the west side of the main building, next to the band hall.
Though he is never mentioned by name in the script, Russian playwright Anton Chekhov is both the “good doctor” of the title and the writer (played by Andrew Tye) we meet in the opening monologue. The writer’s meditations on his life and work introduce and link a series of vignettes adapted by Simon from Chekhov’s short fiction.
CLICK HERE for the Information Page., which contains the cast list, production staff list, and a listing of the scenes in the show.
An Odd Couple?: Neil Simon and Anton Chekhov. At first they may seem like an unlikely double act. Simon took Broadway by storm in the 1960s and 1970s with bittersweet comedies featuring snappy dialogue, zany antics, and quirky characters coping with the indignities of contemporary life. Many of Simon’s plays have been adapted for film and television, including The Odd Couple. On the other hand, “laugh riot” is not a phrase that the name Anton Chekhov brings to mind.
But, in fact, Simon and Chekhov are not such a very odd couple. Before their “legitimate” successes, both playwrights paid their dues and their bills by churning out humorous sketches for commercial markets. Simon started out in television, contributing (for instance) to 139 episodes of Sid Caesar’s “Your Show of Shows” between 1950 and 1954. While in medical school in the 1880s, Chekhov supported his family by publishing an endless series of short stories in weekly comic magazines.
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The musical Cabaret will be the first production of the 2016-17 school year. The cast and production staff is listed on the information page.
Evening performances (8 p.m.) are Thursday through Saturday, September 29 through October 1. Sunday matinee is October 2 at 2 p.m. General admission tickets are $10 in advance (available from students involved with the show) or online. At the door, general admission tickets are $15. You can also obtain reserved seating tickets (first six rows of the center section) online. Reserved seats are $20.
Cabaret takes place from 1929-1930, a time when Berlin, in the midst of a Post-World War I economic depression, is transitioning from a center of underground, avant-garde culture to the beginnings of Hitler’s totalitarian regime and the rise of the Nazi Party. Into this world enters Clifford Bradshaw (Andrew Tye), a struggling American writer looking for inspiration for his next novel.
On his first night in Berlin, Cliff wanders into the Kit Kat Klub, a seedy nightclub overseen by the strange, omniscient Emcee (Benjamin Clardy). Here, Cliff meets Sally Bowles (Emma Tolleson), a vivacious, talented cabaret performer, and an utterly lost soul. Sally and Cliff begin a relationship, which blossoms unexpectedly into a dream-like romance.
As time passes, however, the situation in Berlin changes from exciting and vital to ominous and violent. Ernst Ludwig (Dylan Prather), Cliff’s first German friend, turns out to be an up-and-coming member of the Nazi Party. Herr Schultz (Nickolas Winkler), a fellow boarder at Fraulein Schneider’s (Kaiya Fowler) guest house (and Schneider’s fiancée), is the victim of an Anti-Semitic hate crime.
The musical numbers include many famous songs including "Willkommen", "Don't Tell Mama", "Mein Herr", "Maybe This Time", "Money" and "Cabaret".
The original Broadway production won many Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Original Score, Best Featured Actor and Actress, Best Direction, Best Choreography, Best Scenic Design and Best Costume Design.
CLICK HERE for the Information Page (cast, production staff, etc.) The show is rated PG-13.
Below is an article by Crystal Dominguez that appeared in the Temple Daily Telegram on September 29, 2016. The photo is by Temple High School's own Coach Matt Corley.
Temple High's One-Act Play Team swept the conference 5A state finals on Tuesday, May 24 at Bass Concert Hall on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin. Not only was the group named the State Champion, Temple received all three of the top individual acting awards. Emma Tolleson was named Best Actress in the state as well as winner of the Samuel French Award (Best Performer in Texas). Andrew Tye was named Best Actor in Texas. 251 conference 5A schools began the year in the one-act play competition, and Temple succeeded in becoming No. 1.
This is the 7th time that Temple has made it to the state finals (the Final 8) and the 2nd time the team has won the State Championship. Six of those trips to the state finals were under the direction of Natasha Tolleson. The 7th time was in 1928.
Results of the State UIL Dramatic Design competition were announced Wednesday evening, May 25. The UIL received almost 700 entries in this year's contest. Temple's group team (Zach Elliot, set design; Abryanna Ingram, costumes; Callie Ortega, hair and make-up; and Emma Tolleson, marketing) was named 3rd place in the state in Division 2 (classifications 5A and 6A). Jonathan Nabours placed 6th in Texas in the individual theatrical marketing design contest and Bailee Poelker placed 3rd in Texas in the individual hair and make-up design contest.
UPDATE: CLICK HERE to see a Facebook album with photos from the send-off performance immediately before the team won the UIL State Championship.
Below is an article by Annette Nevins that appeared in the Temple Daily Telegram on Sunday, May 29, 2016.
It all started at the beginning of this season, as 251 5A high schools entered the annual UIL One-Act Play Contest. Advancing through district, bi-district, area and regional contests, there are now only 8 schools remaining — and Temple is one of them! In fact, it's the second year in a row that Temple has made the Final 8 and is going to state. Temple's play, Bug, advanced to state from the regional contest held at San Jacinto College in Pasadena on Friday, April 22.
Through all the contest levels, Temple has received many individual acting awards. The two top individual awards are Best Actor and Best Actress, and Temple students have received one of those two top awards at every level. In fact, at the area level, all five cast members received one of the 18 individual acting awards that were given to the six schools.
At the regional contest Emma Tolleson was named Best Actress in the region. Andrew Tye was named to the All-Star Cast, and Latrice Scott was selected for the Honorable Mention All-Star Cast. Derresha Webb was named an All-Star Technician.
The state contest will be May 23-25 in Bass Concert Hall on the University of Texas at Austin campus. (See schedule below.) In addition to the one-act play, Temple also has seven students that advanced to the state finals in the UIL Theatrical Design contest and Emma Tolleson will be competing in the state finals UIL Academics Prose Interpretation contest.
A public performance in Temple prior to the state contest will be Sunday, May 22 at 6 p.m.
CLICK HERE for Information Page with complete cast and crew listings.
Monday, May 23
6:30 p.m. Prose Interpretation Coaches' Conference, UTC 2.112A
(Prose prelims are Tuesday, with finals on Wednesday)
Tuesday, May 24 at Bass Concert Hall
6:30 a.m. Begin unloading set pieces, props, costumes, etc.
7:30 a.m. Company meeting for all schools
During the Day: Official Rehearsals for 8 schools, 50 minutes each
4:00 p.m. Grapevine High School, Death of a Salesman
*4:50 p.m. Lewisville: The Colony High School,
The Hands of Its Enemy
*5:40 p.m. Magnolia High School, Bob: A Life in 5 Acts
*6:30 p.m. Leander High School, Picnic
7:30 p.m. Canyon: Randall High School, Eurydice
*8:20 p.m. Temple High School, Bug
*9:10 p.m. Waxahachie High School, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot
*10:00 p.m. Corpus Christi: Tuloso-Midway High School,
The Caucasian Chalk Circle
*11:30 p.m. Awards Ceremony for the 5A shows
*Times are approximate because shows run back-to-back.
Tickets: Adults $14 per session, Students $12 per session. The UT PAC Box office will only accept cash and checks (no credit cards). Checks should be made out to "UT-Austin". For best seat selection, plan to line-up for Session Two. The auditorium is cleared after Session One, and people already in line for Session Two are the first people to get in the auditorium.
Wednesday, May 25 at Bass Concert Hall
9:00 a.m. Walk-through Critiques of State Theatrical Design contest finalist entries
10:00 a.m. Critiques of previous night's 5A one-act plays
3:30 p.m. Prose Interpretation Awards Ceremony in the LBJ Auditorium
6:30 p.m. Theatrical Design Awards Ceremony in the LBJ Auditorium
(located in the LBJ Library and Museum building)
Below is an article by Annette Nevins that appeared in the Temple Daily Telegram on May 8, 2016:
Temple students after the announcement that the team was "Going to State"