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Temple's 2016 UIL One-Act Play Team Is The

Temple High's One-Act Play Team swept the conference 5A state finals on Tuesday, May 24 at Bass Concert Hall on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin. Not only was the group named the State Champion, Temple received all three of the top individual acting awards. Emma Tolleson was named Best Actress in the state as well as winner of the Samuel French Award (Best Performer in Texas). Andrew Tye was named Best Actor in Texas. 251 conference 5A schools began the year in the one-act play competition, and Temple succeeded in becoming No. 1.

This is the 7th time that Temple has made it to the state finals (the Final 8) and the 2nd time the team has won the State Championship. Six of those trips to the state finals were under the direction of Natasha Tolleson. The 7th time was in 1928.

Results of the State UIL Dramatic Design competition were announced Wednesday evening, May 25. The UIL received almost 700 entries in this year's contest. Temple's group team (Zach Elliot, set design; Abryanna Ingram, costumes; Callie Ortega, hair and make-up; and Emma Tolleson, marketing) was named 3rd place in the state in Division 2 (classifications 5A and 6A).  Jonathan Nabours placed 6th in Texas in the individual theatrical marketing design contest and Bailee Poelker placed 3rd in Texas in the individual hair and make-up design contest.

UPDATE: CLICK HERE to see a Facebook album with photos from the send-off performance immediately before the team won the UIL State Championship.

Below is an article by Annette Nevins that appeared in the Temple Daily Telegram on Sunday, May 29, 2016.


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