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Information about "Hedda Gabler"


252 5A high schools began this annual single-elimination contest.

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Tuesday, March 21 = District Contest, College Station High
     Adjudicator: Eric Porter
Saturday, March 25 = Bi-District Contest, Waco University
     (Districts 17-18), Adjudicator: Wendy Barrett
Monday, April 3 = Area Contest, Waco University (Districts 17-18-19-20)
     Adjudicators: Robin Robinson, Marion Castleberry, Eric Lee
Thursday & Friday, April 6 & 7 = Regional Contest, San Jac Central, Pasadena
     Adjudicators: Ricky Ramon, Freddie Buckner, Cathy Huvar

03/23: Dates and Location of the State Meet have been changed:
Wednesday-Friday, April 12-14
 = State One-Act Contest, Round Rock ISD Performing Arts Ctr.
     Adjudicators: Scott Allen, Kim Blann, Rachel Mattox

Hedda (Emma Tolleson), the daughter of an aristocratic general, has just returned to her villa in Kristiania (now Oslo) from her honeymoon. Her husband is George Tesman (Andrew Tye), a young, aspiring academic who continued his research during their honeymoon. It becomes clear in the course of the play that she has never loved him but married him because she thinks her years of youthful abandon are over.

The reappearance of George's academic rival, Eilert Lövborg (Benjamin Clardy), throws their lives into disarray. Eilert, a writer who has just published a bestseller in the same field as George, is in a relationship with Hedda's old schoolmate, Thea Elvsted (Adara Felix).

Because of his recently published work, Eilert is now a competitor for the university professorship George had been counting on. However, Eilert has no intention of competing for the professorship, but rather has spent the last few years labouring with Thea over what he considers to be his masterpiece, the "sequel" to his recently published work.

Apparently jealous of Thea's influence over Eilert, Hedda hopes to come between them. Despite his drinking problem, she encourages Eilert to accompany George and his associate, Judge Brack (Dylan Prather), to a party.

George returns home from the party and reveals that he found the complete lost manuscript of Eilert's great work. When Eilert next sees Hedda, he confesses to her, despairingly, that he has lost the manuscript. Instead of telling him that the manuscript has been found, Hedda encourages him to commit suicide, giving him a pistol. She then burns the manuscript and tells George she has destroyed it to secure their future.

When the news comes that Eilert has indeed killed himself, Brack knows the origins of the pistol. He tells Hedda that if he reveals what he knows, a scandal will arise around her. Hedda realizes that this places Brack in a position of power over her, and decides to do something about the situation.

Supporting roles include Aunt Juliana Tesman (Arreyon Blocker), who raised George, and the family servant Berte (Rebecca Alley).



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