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Six Temple Students Advance to State Theatrical Design Finals

Six Temple theatre students advanced to the 2017 State UIL Finals in Theatrical Design. The winners will be announced on Friday, April 14 at the state meet.

The state finalist entries will be on display at the Raymond E. Hartfield (Round Rock ISD) Performing Arts Center located at 5800 McNeil Dr., Austin TX 78729. Exhibits will be open Wednesday, April 12 and Thursday, April 13 from 4 to 11 p.m., as well as Friday, April 14 from 4 to 10:30 p.m. The students will receive oral critiques during the day Friday. The awards will be announced after 6A play performances on Friday at approximately 10:30 p.m. Awards are give for 1st through 6th place.

In this year's contest, students were required to create designs for Into the Woods with the UIL requirements to "revive the story for our time" and to "make this musical relevant to millennial audiences."

The contest is broken into two divisions, with 5A and 6A schools competing in Division 2. First through sixth place awards are given in each division's categories.

This year's group entry focused on a film noir theme with an homage to German expressionism. Group members included Bianca Gutierrez (set design), James Equels (costumes), Bailee Poelker (hair and make-up) and Emma Tolleson (marketing).

Last year, Temple's group entry placed 3rd in the state. This year, they will compete against 13 other group entries. This is Poelker's second time to advance to the state finals, and Tolleson's third time to advance.

Joseph Espinoza also advanced to the state finals with his retro video game designs in individual marketing. Temple's individual marketing entry last year placed sixth in the state.

Ashlyn Medina advanced with her Bollywood designs for hair and make-up. Temple's individual hair and make-up entry last year (by Poelker) placed third in the state.

The designs will be on display April 12-14 at the Heartfield Performing Arts Center in Austin, and April 18-20 at the Wilhelm Performing Arts Center in Bastrop. This years's design contest started with 740 participants.


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)