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"The Dining Room" November 5-8

The Dining Room is a play by the American playwright A. R. Gurney. Performanes are Thursday-Saturday, November 5-7, at 8 p.m., plus a Sunday matinee on November 8 at 2 p.m.

General admission tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. All performances will be in the Temple High School Auditorium. Tickets will be available from members of the cast and production staff. Online ticket sales at SeatYourself.biz. Seating will be on the stage on three sides of the actors. Audience members are requested to enter through the glassed-in foyer on the west side of the building, which is between the band hall and the stage.

The play is called "A Comedy of Manners" and is set in the dining room of a typical well-to-do household, the place where the family assembled daily for breakfast and dinner and for any and all special occasions. The action is a mosaic of interrelated scenes — some funny, some touching — which, taken together, create an in-depth portrait of a vanishing species.

The actors change roles, personalities and ages with virtuoso skill as they portray a wide variety of characters, from little boys to stern grandfathers, and from giggling teenage girls to Irish housemaids. Each vignette introduces a new set of people and events. Dovetailing swiftly and smoothly, the varied scenes coalesce, ultimately, into a theatrical experience of exceptional range, compassionate humor and abundant humanity.

CLICK HERE for the play's Information Page, which contains cast list, production staff list and rehearsal schedule.

Below is a copy of an article by Tyler Agnew (Photos by Michael Miller) that appeared in the Temple Daily Telegram on November 1, 2015:

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Temple, TX 76504

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Natasha Tolleson
natasha.tolleson@tisd.org
(254) 215-7036

Technical Director
& Assistant Director
Carlen Gilseth
carlen.gilseth@tisd.org
(254) 215-7302

Theatre Instructor,
Lights & Sound Teacher
Kayla Stewart
kayla.stewart@tisd.org
(254) 215-7112

 

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2015-2016 Highlights

STATE CHAMPION
Texas UIL 5A State Finals
One-Act Play Competition
(Out of over 250 schools)

3rd Place in Texas, Div. 2
UIL Dramatic Design Group

3rd Place & 6th Place
Individual Entries in
UIL Dramatic Design

Texas Thespians,
All-Star Troupe
(one of seven in Texas)

Seven Events Advance to
International Competition

Three Students Participate in
All-State Show (Big Fish) 

2014-2015 Highlights

International Thespian
Champion, Theatre Marketing

Texas Thespians,
All-Star Troupe
(one of four in Texas)

Six Events Advance to
International Competition

Three Students Selected for
All-State Show (Big Fish) 
Cast and Crew

Natasha Tolleson named to
Texas Thespian Hall of Fame

Second Runner-Up
Texas UIL 5A State Finals
One-Act Play Competition
(Out of over 250 schools)

2013-2014 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
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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
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2nd Place in Texas,
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4th Place in Texas,
UIL Marketing Design