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Eric Pasley Visits with Temple High Students

Eric Paslay, Temple High School graduate and country singer/songwriter, visited his old high school on November 10, 2014, and met with current theatre students and his high-school director, Natasha Tolleson. Eric appeared in many plays and musicals in high school that were directed by Tolleson, including playing the Scarecrow in The Wiz, Gandolf in The Hobbit and the Spirit of Christmas Present in A Christmas Carol. He was performing at a sold-out benefit for the Temple Education Foundation that evening. 

Eric definitely knows how to create a hit song. He wrote No. 1 singles for Jake Owen, Rascal Flatts, the Eli Young Band and others before his own single "Friday Night" (from his debut album) hit No. 1.

When Eric visited with the theatre students, he told them about the biggest lesson he learned. "Nobody wants to work with a jerk — or hang-out with one," he said. "Be easy to work with."

After graduating from Temple High, Eric attended Temple College and worked at Holze Music Company. When he moved to Nashville, he worked at Starbucks so that he would have health insurance for his juvenile diabetes. He said he had been writing professionally for eight years, and four years ago got his first No. 1 with "Barefoot Blue Jean Night" recorded by Jake Owen, which was named ASCAP Country Song of the Year.

"Eric used to take his guitar to cast parties," added Tolleson. "We've been listening to him entertain for years."

"I think I wrote a song about theatre during my senior year," said Eric, "and called it something like 'My Final Bow'."

Eric's latest single is "She Don't Love You," which was released after "Song About a Girl." He also had one of his songs featured on The Best of Me movie soundtrack that came out in October.

"It's cool to be a little piece of the soundtrack of people's lives," he added.

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Tolleson and theatre students pose for a "selfie" with Eric Paslay.


Thespian Troupe #1966
Temple High School
Theatre Arts Department
415 South 31st Street
Temple, TX 76504

Natasha Tolleson
Office 254-215-7278

Theatre Instructor,
Lights & Sound Teacher
Kayla Stewart

Technical Director
Brad LaMotte

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29 Years

Temple's UIL One-Act Play Team has been a District Champion for 29 years in a row (as of March 2021). No other UIL team at Temple High holds such a record.

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2019-2020 Highlights

Texas Thespian Convention
Six Events Advance to
International Competition

Named a Texas Thespian
Outstanding Troupe (1 of 6)

Named Texas Thespian
All-Star Troupe (1 of 23)

Second Place in Texas
Team Mask Making

Performed Marathon Play
Wilderness for 500 people

UIL One-Act Play Mac Beth
District Champion. Contests
after district were cancelled

2018-2019 Highlights

Mrs. Tolleson Named a
TETA Educator of the Year

Texas Thespian Convention
All 8 Events Advance to
International Competition

Team Mask Making

Team Set Design

Nominee, Texas Thespian
Troupe of the Year (1 of 6)

5th Place
Baby with the Bathwater

Texas UIL 6A State Finals
One-Act Play Competition
(Out of 254 schools)

5th Place in Texas, Div. 2
UIL Dramatic Design Group

2017-2018 Highlights

Texas Thespian Convention
All 10 Events Advance to
International Competition
(More than any other troupe)

Texas Thespian Performance
of Wonder of the World

Texas Thespian All-Star
Troupe (1 of 10 in Texas)

Nominee, Texas Thespian
Troupe of the Year (1 of 3)

4th Place On the Verge
Texas UIL 5A State Finals
One-Act Play Competition
(Out of over 250 schools)

2016-2017 Highlights

Texas UIL Hair & Make-Up
Design (Division 2)

5th Place in Texas, Div. 2
UIL Dramatic Design Group

14 Students Advance to
International Competition

Texas Thespian Mainstage
3 Performances of Cabaret