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Students Advance from State Thespian Competition

Seven (out of nine) events advanced from the annual Texas State Thespian Convention, December 2-6, 2015 in Dallas. Three students (Emma Tolleson, Daniel Eshbaugh and Derresha Webb) participated in the All-State Show, Big Fish. Derresha Webb received a $1000 technical theatre scholarship.

Over 6000 participated in the convention, which included 229 different Texas high school troupes. Temple was chosen as one of seven troupes to win the All Star Troupe Display award. Temple was also chosen as one of nine troupes to make a workshop presentation for the Outstanding Troupe award.

Temple students advancing to the International Thespian Festival, June 20-25, 2016, in Lincoln, Nebraska include::
Duet Acting = Adara Felix and Callie Ortega
Scenic Design = Zach Elliott 
Group Musical = James Equals, Daniel Eshbaugh, Kaziah Fields, Kiaya Fowler,
     Marina Quintanilla, Latrice Scott, J'Kobe Stevens, Emma Tolleson,
     Andrew Tye, Malcolm Watson, Faith Whitaker, Nick Winkler, Taylor Wilson
Monologue = Ta'Shawn Chunn
Costume Design = Abrianna Ingram
Stage Management = Chase Yerkes
Sound Design = Derresha Webb
Lighting Design = Sam Little

In the Texas-only team competitions, Temple won 1st place in Texas in Team Mask Making (James Equals, Adara Fields, Grace Mellette, Latrice Scott) and won 2nd place in Texas in Team Set Design (Alexis DeGraff, Zach Elliott, Jonathan Nabours, Robert Solar).



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

Natasha Tolleson
(254) 215-7036

Technical Director
& Assistant Director
Carlen Gilseth
(254) 215-7302

Theatre Instructor,
Lights & Sound Teacher
Kayla Stewart
(254) 215-7112


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25 Years

Temple's UIL One-Act Play team has been the District Co-Champion for 25 years in a row (as of March 2017). No other UIL team at Temple High holds such a record.

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2015-2016 Highlights

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
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