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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
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

YouTube (thespiansrus)

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)