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18 Temple Thespians Qualify for National Competition

     Eighteen Temple High Thespians received superior ratings in the Texas Thespian Annual Competition and qualified to advance to the National Competition. Other area schools qualifying included Belton (3 students), Copperas Cove (2), Midway (2) and Waco High (4).
     The International Thespian Excellence Awards, or Thespys™ for short, recognize the highest level of achievement in school theatre performance and technical theatre. Because of COVID, the competition was virtual this year. Students submitted performance entries via video.
     One group performed "My Strongest Suit" from Broadway's Aida. The group included Michelle Boyles, Kylie Burke, Ashli Hauersperger, Alivea Johnson, Genevieve Myers, Melody Oradesky, Julia Prather, Hanna Prince, and Mimansha Shrestha.
     Temple's other group performed "The Oldest Established (Permanent Floating Crap Game in New York)" from Guys and Dolls. The group included Terry Austin, Liam Bro, Shane Godfrey, Dylan Harty, Cameron Hooper, Thomas Painter, Michael Rodriguez, Jackson Romans and Daniel Salazar.
     It was previously announced that one of Temple's Technical Design teams won the State Championship with their entry. That team included Terry Austin, Genevieve Myers, Julia Prather and Kelsi Seiter.


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)