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A Midsummer Night's Dream, October 26-29

Temple High School Theatre Arts will present its first production of the 2017-18 school year October 26-28 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, October 29 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Performances will be at the Temple High Auditorium, 415 North 31st Street in Temple. Tickets are available from cast and crew members, or online at SeatYourself.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, William Shakespeare's most popular comedy, was written around 1594 or 1595. It takes place in a mythical Athens and in an enchanted forest. This work is widely performed around the world, and no wonder — it's about the world's most popular pastime, falling in love. But as Puck knows, falling in love can make fools of us all.

Theseus (Kadaron Sledge), the Duke of Athens is preparing for his marriage to Hippolyta (Sereniti Patterson), the Queen of the Amazons with a four-day festival. He commissions his Master of the Revels (Morgan Madsen) to find suitable amusements for the occasion.

An Athenian nobleman (Austin Boatman) wishes his daughter Hermia (Callie Ortega) to marry Demetrius (Seth Little), but Hermia is in love with Lysander (Gabriel Salazar) and refuses to comply. To escape the arranged marriage, the couple elopes into the woods, pursued by Helena (Adara Felix), who is also in love with Demetrius. A love quadrangle develops among the young lovers when mischievous Puck (Sierra Amalbart) plays Cupid.

Meanwhile, a group of amateur actors (Kerynn Eckenrode, Torrie Culp, D’Andre Wright, Caleb Gommert, Daniel Salazar and Chrissy Upchurch) rehearses a badly-written play they hope to perform for the duke and his bride. Soon all find their lives changed by the doings of Oberon (Anthony Williamson) and Titania (Grace Mellette), the warring king and queen of the fairies.

CLICK HERE for the Information Page about A Midsummer Night's Dream, which contains a complete cast and production staff listing.

CLICK HERE to view a Facebook Photo Album. (There are also videos on the Facebook page.)

Below is an article that appeared in the Temple Daily Telegram on October 26, 2017. The article is by Melany Cox, with photography by Michael Miller.


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

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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)