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Students Prepare for Texas Thespian Convention

Temple theatre students are preparing to attend the 2017 Texas Thespian Festival November 15-18 in Grapevine.

Marathon Play: Temple's troupe will present Wonder of the World by David Lindsey-Abaire on Thursday, November 16 at 4:30 p.m. in Texas Ballroom C.

National Individual Events: Several students are competing in individual events, with the possibility of advancing to the national competition in Lincoln, Nebraska, next summer. Performance events include group musical (Sierra Amalbert, Callie Ortega, Adara Felix, Rebecca Alley, Olivia Cabrera, Allison Quiroz and Alante Anderson), duet acting (Morgan Madsen, Kerynn Eckenrode), duet acting (Gabe Salazar, D’Andre Wright), solo musical (Kaiya Fowler), solo musical (Arreyon Blocker). Technical entries include scenic design (Izzy Poehlmann), lighting design (Ricardo Fontanez), costume design (Brianna Alexander), sound design (Michael Jones) and theatre marketing (Seth Little).

Scholarship & College Auditions: Adara Felix and Robert Solar

Texas Only Events: These entries include tech team hair and makeup design (Bailee Poelker, Jonathan Equels, Baylee Black, Anaiya Harris), tech team costume design (Brianna Alexander, Lauren Bruckbauer, Kaiya Fowler, Morgan Madsen), tech team mask making (Grace Mellette, Adara Felix, Callie Ortega, Olivia Cabrera), tech team set design (Robert Solar, Izzy Poehlmann, Rachel Wallace, Rebecca Alley) and tech challenge (Robert Solar, Michael Jones, Torrie Culp, Simon Juarez, Kaitlyn Horton, Ricardo Fontanez, Keziah Fields).


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)