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Temple's One-Act Play at State Finals Tuesday, April 24

In the entire State of Texas, there are only eight 5A schools left in the UIL one-act contest, and Temple is one of those elite eight. The year started with 260 schools. The team advanced from regional competition to the state meet on Friday, April 13, 2018 in Pasadena with their play, On The Verge

The 5A state contest will be Tuesday, April 24, beginning at 4 p.m. at the Round Rock Performing Arts Center, 5800 McNeil Dr, Austin TX 78729. Eight schools will be competing for the State Championship. Temple performs around 6:15 p.m. This is the 7th time in school history that Temple has been to the state finals, having won the State Championship in 2007 and 2016. In fact, Temple has been to state three of the last four years. State meet judges include Kelsey Kling, Perry Crafton, and Robin Robinson.

At the regional contest, Sierra Amalbert and Adara Felix were named to the all-star cast, Grace Mellette and Gabriel Salazar were named to the honorable mention all-star cast, and Rebecca Alley was chosen for the all-star tech crew.

At state, the eight plays are divided into two sessions with four plays in each session (see schedule below). You have to buy tickets for each session separately. Tickets cost $14 for adults and $12 for students and will go on sale at 2:30 p.m. at the box office in Round Rock. Cash sales only (no checks or credit cards).

CLICK HERE to view a Facebook photo album of the 2018 One-Act Contests.
CLICK HERE for the Information Page which contains cast, production staff and artwork

CLICK HERE for a Special Parent Information Page

Brave, willing and yearning to see it all, three American women explorers (Sierra Amalbert, Adara Felix and Grace Mellette) begin their trek to Terra Incognita in 1888, taking them through darkest Africa, across highest Himalaya, only to discover they are adrift in time. Our heroines navigate through uncharted territory populated with pop culture and possibilities. Part Twilight Zone, part Back to the Future, this is a witty and whimsical safari through place and time.

The three ladies encounter several diverse beings on their travels through time and to different locations. These characters include Alphonse (Gabriel Salazar) who knows a smattering of German and has an accent to match; The Gorge Troll (Anthony Williamson) who is looking for a toll; The Yeti (D'Andre Wright); Gus (Seth Little). a fresh-faced American teenager with boundless energy; and Madame Nhu (Genevieve Myers), a psychic of sorts.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE for the State Championship Contest
Tuesday, April 24 at the Round Rock Performing Arts Center

    (Times are approximate. Tickets must be purchased separately for each session — cash only)
First Session
    4:00 p.m. Canyon: Randall HS, sf After Juliet
    4:45 p.m. Lindale HS, sf Anna Karenina
    5:30 p.m. Waxahachie HS, sf The Curious Incident of theDog in the Night-Time
    6:15 p.m. Temple HS, sf On the Verge or the Geography of Yearning
Second Session
    7:30 p.m. Austin HS, sf The Last Night of Ballyhoo
    8:15 p.m. Tuloso-Midway HS, Corpus Christi, sf Moon Over Buffalo
    9:00 p.m. Prosper HS, sf The Trojan Women
    9:45 p.m. Richland HS, North Richland Hills (Birdville ISD),
                       sf Nevermore! Edgar Allan Poe, The Final Mystery
After final show, judge's ballots will be tabulated and results announced 


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)