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Chicago Musical Auditions on August 3 & 4


Temple High School Theatre Arts' first production of the 2020-2021 school year will be the high school edition of the musical Chicago. Renovations in the fine arts areas of the school will be finished, and the theatre department will be able to again use the full auditorium.

Auditions are scheduled for Monday, August 3 and Tuesday, August 4 from 2 to 8 p.m. in the auditorium. Specific COVID-19 safety instructions will be posted at a later date. Rehearsals begin on August 5. Performance dates are October 1-2-3-4.

The show is set in roaring twenties Chicago. Roxie Hart murders a faithless lover and convinces her hapless husband, Amos, to take the rap — until he finds out he's been duped and turns on Roxie. Arrested and sent to jail, Roxie and another "Merry Murderess," Velma Kelly, vie for the spotlight and the headlines. Ultimately they join forces in search of fame, fortune and acquittal. Specifically designed to be content-appropriate, Chicago: High School Edition has been adapted to remove overtly sexual references and adult language.

Musical numbers include "And All That Jazz", "Cell Block Tango", "When You're Good to Mama", "All I Care About is Love", "Mister Cellophane", "Razzle Dazzle" and "Nowadays". The 2002 movie, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture, starred Renée Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere and Queen Latifah.

Adult production staff includes Natasha Tolleson, director; Cameron Roucloux, musical director; Brad LaMotte, technical director and Kayla Stewart, lighting and sound.

Students can receive a PE credit for participating in this musical.


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

Natasha Tolleson

Theatre Instructor,
Lights & Sound Teacher
Kayla Stewart

Technical Director
Brad LaMotte

YouTube (thespiansrus)

28 Years

Temple's UIL One-Act Play Team has been a District Champion for 28 years in a row (as of March 2020). No other UIL team at Temple High holds such a record.

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)

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

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