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Three Temple Films Advance in UIL Contest

     Three Temple High entries in the annual UIL film contest have advanced from the preliminary round to a second qualifying round. Selected second round films will advance to a state semi-final round. Entries chosen to advance to state in each category will be screened and ranked first through sixth at the virtual State Festival March 12.
     Temple's advancing entries include "The Incident at Tarver Dr." (Director Daniel Salazar, Division Two, Narrative), "Intrusive Thought" (Director Genevieve Myers, Division Two, Narrative) and "Dean" (Director Sereniti Patterson, Division Two, Documentary). Division Two includes only 5A and 6A schools. Films must be 3-7 minutes in length. Crew members for the three films included Terry Austin, Colin Fowler, Caleb Gommert, Penelope Gonzalez, Natalie Greenfield, Connor Harty, Jillian Knox, Julia Prather, Kylie Burke, Hanna Prince, Phoebe Gonzales, Shane Godfrey, and Kelsi Seiter.
     Narrative films are generally accepted as possessing two components: the story presented and the process of its telling, or narration, often referred to as narrative discourse. Documentary films deals with actual and factual (and usually contemporary) issues, institutions, and people; whose purpose is to educate, inform, communicate, persuade, raise consciousness, or satisfy curiosity.

Click below to view each film.



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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

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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)