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Temple Named Finalist for Outstanding Texas Troupe 2018-19

Temple High Thespians have been named a finalist in the Texas Thespian Outstanding Troupe Award competition for 2018-2019. Director Natasha Tolleson was notified on Sunday, November 11. The students must make a 15-minute presentation on Friday, November 15, at the state convention in Grapevine, and must prepare a handout to share with others on "what you do to be so successful."

In addition to Temple, the finalists include Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy, Texas High (Texarkana), The Woodlands High, Carnegie Vanguard High (Houston) and L.D. Bell High (Hurst). Temple was a finalist last year, where 280 troupes attended the convention.

The troupes are judged on participation in Thespian festivals, scholarships received, performances, student design, loaning materials to other troupes, attending shows of other troupes, community service projects and community advocacy.

Temple's entry in the All-Star Troupe Display Contest at the 2018 State Convention in Grapevine.


Thespian Troupe #1966
Temple High School
Theatre Arts Department
415 South 31st Street
Temple, TX 76504

Natasha Tolleson

Technical Director
Joe Lombardo

Theatre Instructor,
Lights & Sound Teacher
Kayla Stewart

YouTube (thespiansrus)

27 Years

Temple's UIL One-Act Play team has been the District Co-Champion for 27 years in a row (as of March 2019). No other UIL team at Temple High holds such a record.

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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)

2016-2017 Highlights

Texas UIL Hair & Make-Up
Design (Division 2)

5th Place in Texas, Div. 2
UIL Dramatic Design Group

14 Students Advance to
International Competition

Texas Thespian Mainstage
3 Performances of Cabaret