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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
Theatre Arts Department
415 South 31st Street
Temple, TX 76504

Natasha Tolleson

Theatre Instructor,
Lights & Sound Teacher
Kayla Stewart

Technical Director
Brad LaMotte

YouTube (thespiansrus)

28 Years

Temple's UIL One-Act Play Team has been a District Champion for 28 years in a row (as of March 2020). No other UIL team at Temple High holds such a record.

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

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