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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
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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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