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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.


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

Natasha Tolleson
Office 254-215-7278

Theatre Instructor,
Lights & Sound
Kayla Stewart

Technical Director
Alicia Green

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29 Years

Temple's UIL One-Act Play Team has been a District Champion for 29 years in a row (as of March 2021). No other UIL team at Temple High holds such a record.

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2020-2021 Highlights

Texas Thespians:
18 Students Advance to
International Competition

State Champion:
Thespian Team Tech Design

Three Films Advance in
UIL Film Contest

Five State Qualifiers
in UIL Theatrical Design;
Group Wins Bronze Medal

District Speech: 10 of 15
Advancers were from Temple,
Two District Team Champs

UIL One-Act Play Student Body
Advances to State Meet
(5th Time in the last 6 Meets)
Final 8 out of 249 schools

State 2nd Runner-Up, UIL
Theatre Team Champions

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)