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Seven Temple Students Named UIL State Finalists

Seven Temple students were named State Finalists in the 2016 UIL Theatrical Design Contest. Their entries will be displayed at Bass Auditorium in Austin May 23-25. This year's designs were based on Shakespeare's MacBeth, but had to be set in a different historical location and/or time period than the original play.

Temple's group entry included Zach Elliot, set design; Abryanna Ingram, costumes; Callie Ortega, hair and make-up; and Emma Tolleson, marketing. The team will be competing against 10 other 5A and 6A high schools.

Individual entry finalists were Chantal Cyrus, costumes (1 of 25 finalists); Jonathan Nabours, marketing (1 of 12 finalists); and Bailee Poelker, hair and make-up (1 of 9 finalists).

Last year, Temple's entries won 3rd place in group, 2nd place in individual set design, and 4th place in individual marketing. This year's UIL contest had 658 total entries. Temple competes in Division 2, which includes 5A and 6A schools. The group team won the State Championship in 2008 (first year of the contest, won against 1A-5A schools) and in 2014 (Division 2).


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

Natasha Tolleson

Technical Director
Joe Lombardo

Theatre Instructor,
Lights & Sound Teacher
Kayla Stewart

YouTube (thespiansrus)

27 Years

Temple's UIL One-Act Play team has been the District Co-Champion for 27 years in a row (as of March 2019). No other UIL team at Temple High holds such a record.

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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