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"Cabaret" Is One of Two Shows Selected for State Convention

Temple High School's production of the musical Cabaret is one of only two school productions in Texas invited to perform on the main stage at the annual Texas State Thespian Convention. The meeting will be November 30-December 3 at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center in Dallas. Temple will perform Wednesday evening at 8 p.m. and Thursday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. (The other school invited to perform is J. J. Pearce, a 6A high school in Richardson.)

A special send-off performance will be held at Temple High School on Monday, November 28 at 7 p.m. (Note the earlier time.) Tickets are $10 per person at the door (cash or check only). There are no advanced tickets being sold for this special performance. Ticket sales and donations will help defray expenses in taking the production to Dallas.

The group will perform the show three times in Dallas because of the number of attendees at the convention. The convention center's Naomi Bruton Theatre only seats 1750. Last year, over 6000 people attended the festival, which included 229 different Texas high school Thespian troupes.

Cabaret was originally performed at Temple High School September 29-October 2. Temple previously performed on the state convention's main stage in 2013 with the musical The Secret Garden.

Temple High School is the current UIL 5A State Champion in the annual one-act play contest.

The cast and production staff of Cabaret. (Photo by Matthew Corley)

The following article by Patty Benoit appeared in the Temple Daily Telegram on November 24, 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