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Bi-District One-Act Contest Thursday, March 22 in Waco

The next level in the annual UIL One-Act Play Contest will be Bi-District (17-5A and 18-5A) on Thursday, March 22, at Waco University High School Auditorium. There is no charge for admission. Shows run back-to-back, beginning at 12 Noon. Audience members may enter and exit the auditorium only between shows. Temple performs around 2:30 p.m.

PLEASE NOTE Event Times were changed on March 13th.

Each team has up to 7 minutes to set-up, up to 40 minutes to perform and up to 7 minutes to clear the stage. Violating any time limit can result in disqualification. Adjudicators will be Jerry Ayers (acting awards judge), Erik Skiles and Norma Burks. Contest manager is Aimee Kasprzyk.

Here is the approximate schedule, but times can vary depending on length of each show.
    12 Noon Bryan High, The Last Lifeboat
    12:50 p.m. Lindale High, Anna Karenina
    1:40 p.m. Corsicana High, To See the Stars
    2:30 p.m. Temple High, On the Verge
    3:20 p.m. Whitehouse High, Dancing at Lughnasa
    4:10 p.m. Bryan Rudder High, Silent Sky

University High School is located at 3201 South New Road, Waco, TX 76706. From Temple, take Interstate 35 towards Waco. Take Exit 331 (New Road) and turn right onto New Road. After about one-half mile, turn right onto Old Robinson Road. The entrance to the auditorium parking lot is around 100 yards down, on the right.


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)