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Past Shows

Shows and Productions by School Year

This list is incomplete. Please advise us of any additions or errors you discover.

2019-2020
Year of Fine Arts remodeling. Couldn't use auditorium seating area.
October 2019, Wilderness (at Meridith Auditorium)
October 2019, Fall Footlights, An evening of short plays
November 2019, Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre: Murder, Actually
November 2019, Wilderness perfomed at the Texas Thespian State Convention
December 2019, A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play
January 2020, Love/Sick
Spring 2020, UIL One-Act Contest Show, Mac Beth (Temple won district,
     but remainder of contests were cancelled because of COVID-19.)

2018-2019
October 2018, Peter Pan
December 2018, A Charlie Brown Christmas
January 2019, Blood at the Root
Spring 2019, UIL One-Act Contest Show, Baby with the Bathwater (advanced to state finals)

2017-2018
October 2017, A Midsummer Night's Dream
November 2017. Wonder of the World, performed at Texas Thespians convention
February 2018, High School Musical
Spring 2018, UIL One-Act Contest Show, On the Verge (finished 4th at state contest)

2016-2017
September 2016, Cabaret
November 2016, Neil Simon's The Good Doctor
December 2016, Performed Cabaret three times on main stage at state Thespian convention
February 2017, Oklahoma!
Spring 2017, UIL One-Act Contest Show, Hedda Gabler

2015-2016
October 2015, You Can't Take It With You
November 2015, The Dining Room
December 2015, Thespians help paint Temple Civic Theatre auditorium
February 2016, Shrek the Musical
April 2016, Literary Criticism Team Wins District
May 2016, UIL Theatre Design Contest, 3rd place in Texas, Division 2
May 2016, Bug, UIL STATE CHAMPION, Won all three individual acting awards

2014-2015
October 2014, The Addams Family, musical, directed by Natasha Tolleson
November 2014, The Laramie Project, directed by BK Goodman
December 2014, It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play
February 2015, Footloose, musical, directed by Natasha Tolleson
Spring 2015, UIL One-Act Play Buried Child (advanced to state finals)

2013-2014
September 2013, The Secret Garden, musical, director by Natasha Tolleson
October 2013, Amadeus
Temple performed The Secret Garden as the finale main stage production at Texas Thespians
December 2013, Pinocchio Commedia, directed by BK Goodman
February 2014, The Wiz, musical, director by Natasha Tolleson
Spring 2014, UIL One-Act Play Never the Sinner, ended up Top 12 in Texas out of 257

2012-2013
September 2012, Sweeney Todd School Edition, musical, directed by Natasha Tolleson
November 2012, Romeo and Juliet
February 2013, Urinetown the Musical, directed by Natasha Tolleson
Spring 2013, UIL One-Act Play, The Importance of Being Earnest, directed by Natasha Tolleson

2011-2012
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, directed by Natasha Tolleson
Chemical Imbalance: A Jekyll and Hyde Play, directed by Natasha Tolleson
Elvis People, directed by Rachel Aker
Les Misérables (School Edition), directed by Natasha Tolleson
Spring 2012, UIL one-act play entry, Blithe Spirit, directed by Natasha Tolleson

2010-2011
October 2010, Jane Eyre, directed by Natasha Tolleson
November 2010, A Raisin in the Sun, directed by Natasha Tolleson
February 2011, Hairspray, directed by Natasha Tolleson
Spring 2011, UIL one-act play entry The Learned Ladies, directed by Natasha Tolleson

2009-2010
October 2009, The Triangle Factory Fire Project, directed by Natasha Tolleson
November 2009, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, directed by Natasha Tolleson
January 2010, Almost, Maine, directed by Natasha Tolleson
February 2010, Grand Re-Opening of the newly-remodeled Temple High Auditorium
Spring 2010, UIL one-act play entry Degas in New Orleans, directed by Natasha Tolleson, state finals

2008-2009
September 2008, Picnic, directed by Natasha Tolleson, 9th grade cafeteria
November 2008, Pride and Prejudice, directed by Natasha Tolleson, 9th grade cafeteria
January 2009, Into the Woods, directed by Natasha Tolleson, at the Cultural Activities Center
Spring 2009, UIL One-Act Play entry Anna Karenina
June 2009, Trip to New York City, sponsored by Natasha Tolleson

2007-2008
October 2007, All My Sons, directed by Greg Stanley
November 2007, Tartuffe, directed by Natasha Tolleson
February 2008, Zombie Prom, directed by Natasha Tolleson
March 2008, UIL One-Act Play entry Valhalla (5A 2nd Runner-Up)
June 2008, Trip to New York City, sponsored by Natasha Tolleson

2006-2007
September 2006, A Midsummer Night's Dream, directed by Greg Stanley
November 2006, Suddenly Last Summer, directed by Natasha Tolleson
February 2007, Seussical the Musical, directed by Natasha Tolleson and Greg Stanley
March-May 2007, UIL One-Act Play entry Ruthless!, (5A STATE CHAMPION)
August 2007, High School Musical, directed by Greg Stanley

2005-2006
September 2005, The Laramie Project, directed by Natasha Tolleson
November 2005, Bat Boy the Musical, directed by Natasha Tolleson
February 2006, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, directed by Natasha Tolleson
Spring 2006, After the Fall, directed by Natasha Tolleson
May 2006, Hansel & Gretel, children's theatre production

2004-2005
September 2004, A Piece of My Heart, directed by Natasha Tolleson
October 2004, Halloween Boo Revue, directed by Natasha Tolleson
November 2004, The Crucible, directed by Natasha Tolleson
February 2005, Hello, Dolly!, directed by Natasha Tolleson
Spring 2005, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, UIL One-Act Play entry, directed by Natasha Tolleson
May 2005, Everything I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, acting class production
July 2004, Oliver!, joint production with Temple Civic Theatre

2003-2004
October 2003, Alice, directed by Natasha Tolleson
November 2003, Waiting for Godot, directed by Stan Stanly
February 2004, Anything Goes, directed by Natasha Tolleson
Spring 2004, Baby with the Bath Water, UIL One-Act Play entry, directed by Natasha Tolleson

2002-2003
September 2002, Our Town, directed by Natasha Tolleson
October 2002, Dracula, directed by Natasha Tolleson
February 2003, Li'l Abner, directed by Natasha Tolleson
Spring 2003, Dylan, UIL One-Act Play entry
The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds, performed at International Thespians

2001-2002
Fools
October 2001, Little Shop of Horrors, directed by Natasha Tolleson
February 2002, West Side Story, directed by Natasha Tolleson
Spring 2002, The Importance of Being Earnest, UIL One-Act Play Entry

2000-2001
Schoolhouse Rock Live!, directed by Natasha Tolleson, performed at Temple Civic Theatre
December 2000, A Christmas Carol, directed by Natasha Tolleson
February 2001, The Elephant Man
The Children's Hour
Spring 2001, The Marriage of Bette and Boo, UIL One-Act Play Entry (5A 2nd Runner-Up)

1999-2000
September 1999, Crimes of the Heart, directed by Natasha Tolleson
Antigone
February 2000, The Wiz, directed by Natasha Tolleson
Spring 2000, The Miracle Worker, UIL One-Act Play Entry

1998-1999
October 1998, The Hobbit
November 1998, The Little Foxes
The Diviners

1997-1998
The Diary of Anne Frank, directed by Natasha Tolleson
November 1997, A Piece of My Heart, directed by Natasha Tolleson
February 1998, Bye Bye Birdie, directed by Natasha Tolleson
Spring 1998, The Insanity of Mary Girard, UIL One-Act Play Entry
May 1998, The Good Doctor

1996-1997
October 1996, Tom Jones
November 1996, Medea, directed by Natasha Tolleson
February 1997, Meredith Willson's The Music Man, directed by Natasha Tolleson
Spring 1997, On the Verge, UIL One-Act Play Entry
May 1997, Dearly Departed

1995-1996
October 1995, Hamlet
Guys and Dolls, directed by Natasha Tolleson
April 1996, Playing for Time
May 1996, Dylan

1994-1995
Oklahoma!, directed by Natasha Tolleson
April 1995, The Trojan Women, directed by Natasha Tolleson
After the Fall, directed by Natasha Tolleson

1993-1994
Of Mice and Men
Anything Goes
February 1994, The Crucible
May 1994, Romeo and Juliet

1992-1993
Date, A Midsummer Night's Dream
November 1992, Camelot, directed by Natasha Tolleson

1991-1992
November 1991, West Side Story
Twelfth Night, UIL One-Act Play
Our Town

1990-1991
Grease, directed by Shawn McGuire

1989-1990
Drama finale: The Saga of Sagebrush Sal, directed by Shawn McGuire

1988-1989
November 1988, You Can't Take It With You
March 1989, UIL One-Act Play: To Kill A Mockingbird, directed by Michelle Huerta
Scott Ogle won best actor in the district

1987-1988
Splendor in the Grass, directed by Michelle Huerta

1986-1987
Cheaper by the Dozen, directed by Michelle Key

1985-1986
No information

1984-1985
The Temple High yearbooks says, "A panel of Fine Arts Teachers felt that time needed to present a musical would interfere with study time, and discontinued the traditional school performance."
One-Act Play The Happy Scarecrow, 4th place in UIL contest
Thespian sponsor listed as Debby Moody

1983-1984
September 1983, A Doctor In Spite of Himself, directed by Carol Brown
February 1984 Musical: West Side Story, directed by Carol Brown
Spring 1984, Close Ties, UIL one-act play, directed by Carol Brown
May 1984, A Servant of Two Masters, directed by Carol Brown
Toni Paul served as State President of the Texas Thespians during this school year

1982-1983
February 1983, Hello, Dolly!, directed by Carol Brown, choreographer Quata Schoolar, orchestra director Durward Howard
Spring 1983, The Children's Hour, UIL one-act play, directed by Carol Brown
The yearbook says the one-act was disqualified by the judge at the regional level for use of a profane word.

1981-1982
February 1982, Bye Bye Birdie, directed by Carol Brown
UIL One-Act Play: The Importance of Being Earnest
Thespian President was Seleese Thompson-Mann, who won Best Actress at the zone contest
Audrey Beck was elected State Recording Secretary for the Texas Thespians
During the year, students performed "Magic Theatre," workshops for elementary students

1980-1981
February 1981, Meredith Willson's The Music Man, directed by Carol Brown, vocal director Dwain Marshall, orchestra director Durward Howard
UIL One-Act Play: Wiley and the Hairy Man, directed by Carol Brown
Carol Brown quoted as saying that this was the first time Temple won district since 1928
On January 20, 1981, the yearbook stated that Killeen Ellison's troupe initiated a new Thespian troupe at Temple High, bring the number of drama students up to 40. Susan Roeder was selected as the first President of the new troupe.

1979-1980
Musical: The Sound of Music, directed by Tony Henson, vocal director Dwain Marshall, orchestra director Durward Howard
included Temple ISD middle school students, said to be the "First All-School Play"

1978-1979
March 1978, UIL One-Act Play, You're A Good Man Charlie Brown, directed by Catherine Smith and Donna Clark
Date unknown, Midnight at Sweet Blossom Ridge, an original script written by speech students

1977-1978
No information in the yearbook

1976-1977
November 1976, The Remarkable Incident at Carson Corners, directed by Becky Miller Henderson
March 1977, UIL One-Act Play A Company of Wayward Saints, directed by Becky Miller Henderson

1975-1976
Date unknown, Any Number Can Die

1974-1975
Date unknown, Cheaper by the Dozen, directed by Becky Miller (THS Class of 1971)

1973-1974
No information

1972-1973
No information

1971-1972
No information

1970-1971
Arsenic and Old Lace, directed by Kay Hester
Tales of Shalom Aleichem, UIL One-Act Play contest entry, directed by Kay Hester

1969-1970
No information

 

(More information to be added)

 

ThespiansR.Us

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

Director
Natasha Tolleson
natasha.tolleson@tisd.org

Theatre Instructor,
Lights & Sound Teacher
Kayla Stewart
kayla.stewart@tisd.org

Technical Director
Brad LaMotte
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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

STATE CHAMPION
Team Mask Making

STATE CHAMPION
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

STATE CHAMPION
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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