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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
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