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Temple One-Act Advances to Area Contest, March 28

Temple's one-act play, On the Verge, advanced to the area contest (along with Lindale High, Anna Karenina, and Whitehouse High, Dancing at Lughnasa) at the bi-district contest held Thursday, March 22 at Waco University High. The annual contest started with over 250 schools in the 5A classification — there are now only 48 schools across Texas remaining in this single-elimination tournament.

Adara Felix was named Best Actress in District 17-5A and 18-5A. Grace Mellette and Sierra Amalbert were named to the All-Star Cast. Gabriel Salazar and Anthony Williamson were named to the Honorable Mention All-Star Cast. Ricardo Fontanez received an award for being the Outstanding Technician. Temple won more individual acting awards than any other school in the contest.

The next level in the UIL contest (Area) returns to Waco University High on Wednesday, March 28 with back-to-back performances beginning at 1:30 p.m. Admission is $10 per person. Temple will be performing 5th out of the six schools, which should be around 4:50 p.m. Adjudicators will include David Crawford, Eric Vera and Rachel Mattox. Contest manager will be Larry Carpenter. Three of the six schools will advance to the regional contest, which will be April 12 and 13 in Pasadena.

Here is the approximate schedule, but times can vary depending on length of each show and if the contest is running on time.
    1:30 p.m. East View High (Georgetown), Silent Sky
    2:20 p.m. Lindale High,  Anna Karenina
    3:10 p.m. Magnolia High, Oliver Twist
    4:00 p.m. Rouse High (Leander), Inherit the Wind
    4:50 p.m. Temple High, On the Verge
    5:40 p.m. Whitehouse High, Dancing at Lughnasa

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.

Bi-District Co-Champions


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)