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"Hedda Gabler" selected for 2017 One-Act Play Entry

Hedda Gabler, by Henrik Ibsen, has been selected for Temple High School's 2017 entry in the UIL One-Act Play Contest. Temple is the defending state champion in the 5A conference. The play is set in the 1890s in Kristiania (now Olso), Norway.

CLICK HERE for the Information Page about Hedda Gabler.

The read-through was February 8, with rehearsals beginning February 9. The first level of competition (district) is Tuesday, March 21 at College Station High School. Seven District 18-5A schools will compete in the contest, which begins at 2 p.m.  Performance order and times include (#1-2:00) Bryan Rudder, (#2-2:50) College Station High, (#3-3:40) Waco University, (#4-4:30) A&M Consolidated, (#5-5:20) Temple High, (#6-6:10) Waco High and (#7-7:00) Bryan High. Performance times are approximate because the shows will run back-to-back. Three of the seven schools will advance to the bi-district contest. Eric Porter of Katy TX will serve as adjudicator.

Cast members include:
Hedda Gabler Tesman = Emma Tolleson
George Tesman, Hedda's husband = Andrew Tye
Eilert Lövborg, George's former colleague and
     publishing competitor
= Benjamin Clardy
Thea Elvsted, younger schoolmate of Hedda = Adara Felix
Judge Brack, an unscrupulous family friend = Dylan Prather
Miss Juliana Tesman, George's loving aunt who
     raised him since childhood
= Arreyon Blocker
Berte, servant of the Tesmans = Rebecca Alley

The UIL Five-Person Crew includes Gabe Fontanez, Samuel Little, Seth Little, Bailee Poelker and Callie Ortega. UIL Alternates include Chantal Cyrus, Anaiya Harris, Allison Quiroz and Gabriel Salazar.

The On-Site Crew includes Brianna Alexander, Sierra Amalbert, Alante Anderson, Baylee Black, Christopher Brown, Olivia Cabrera, Torrie Culp, Kerynn Eckenrode, Jonathan Equels, Ricardo Fontanez, Michael Jones, Simon Juarez, Morgan Madsen, Isabel Poehlmann, Robert Solar and D’Andre Wright.

Directors are Natasha Tolleson, Brad LaMotte and Kayla Stewart.


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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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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)