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Neil Simon's "The Good Doctor" November 3-6

Neil Simon's The Good Doctor will be performed Thursday-Saturday, November 3-5 at 8 p.m. with a Sunday matinee, November 6, at 2 p.m. General admission tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Tickets are available online or from students involved with the production. The audience will be seated on the Temple High Auditorium stage, on four sides of the actors. Audience members should enter the building through the glass lobby on the west side of the main building, next to the band hall.

Though he is never mentioned by name in the script, Russian playwright Anton Chekhov is both the “good doctor” of the title and the writer (played by Andrew Tye) we meet in the opening monologue. The writer’s meditations on his life and work introduce and link a series of vignettes adapted by Simon from Chekhov’s short fiction.

CLICK HERE for the Information Page., which contains the cast list, production staff list, and a listing of the scenes in the show.

An Odd Couple?: Neil Simon and Anton Chekhov. At first they may seem like an unlikely double act. Simon took Broadway by storm in the 1960s and 1970s with bittersweet comedies featuring snappy dialogue, zany antics, and quirky characters coping with the indignities of contemporary life. Many of Simon’s plays have been adapted for film and television, including The Odd Couple. On the other hand, “laugh riot” is not a phrase that the name Anton Chekhov brings to mind.

But, in fact, Simon and Chekhov are not such a very odd couple. Before their “legitimate” successes, both playwrights paid their dues and their bills by churning out humorous sketches for commercial markets. Simon started out in television, contributing (for instance) to 139 episodes of Sid Caesar’s “Your Show of Shows” between 1950 and 1954. While in medical school in the 1880s, Chekhov supported his family by publishing an endless series of short stories in weekly comic magazines.

With his background in sketch comedy, Simon was well placed to appreciate the dramatic possibilities of Chekhov’s comic fiction.

The following photo by Michael Miller appeared on the front page of the Temple Daily Telegram on October 27, 2016.

Shown below are Michael Miller photographs from the Temple Daily Telegram on Sunday, October 30, 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