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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.


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