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Students Prepare for 2020 Texas Thespians Competition

     Temple High Theatre Students have been preparing competition entries for this year's Texas Thespian Festival. Because of COVID, the convention is virtual this year. Students submit performance entries via video.
     Group Musical #1 will perform "My Strongest Suit" from Broadway's Aida. The group includes Michelle Boyles, Kylie Burke, Ashli Haversperger, Alivea Johnson, Genevieve Myers, Melody Oradesky, Julia Prather, Han  na Prince, Mimansha Shrestha and Victoria Stanley.
     Group Musical #2 will perform "The Oldest Established (Permanent Floating Crap Game in New York)" from Guys and Dolls. The group includes Terry Austin, Liam Bro, Colin Fowler, Shane Godfrey, Dylan Harty, Cameron Hooper, Austin Madsen, Thomas Painter, Michael Rodriguez, Jackson Romans and Daniel Salazar.
     Sereniti Patterson is performing in the Solo Musical category. Her entry is "Easy As Life" from Broadway's Aida. Sereniti will also be competing for a Texas Thespian Scholarship and will audition for various colleges and universities. She previously auditioned and was named to the Texas Thespians Virtual All State Performance Cast.
     Three teams are entered in the Team Technical Design contest. The teams received their assignment (Wicked)  on October 24 and must submit a PowerPoint presentation of their designs by November 9. 
     Each team of four students must work together to create a cohesive design within four areas: Scenic Design (Outside the Gates of the Emerald City), Costume Design (Fiyero Turned Scarecrow), Hair/Make-Up Design (Chistery, the first flying monkey) and Properties Design (Ancient Book of Spells - The Grimmerie).
     Temple's three teams include (1) Jillian Knox, Penelope Gonzalez, Sereniti Patterson and Mimansha Shrestha; (2) Terry Austin, Genevieve Myers, Julia Prather and Kelsi Seiter; and (3) Amy Alarcon, Kylie Burke, Ashli Haversperger and Hanna Prince. Results will be announced December 5.


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)