Temple High School’s drama department extended its district UIL One-Act Play Championship Series to 30 on Thursday for its production of “Men On Boats” – a play that follows 10 explorers in 1869.
“Explorers set out to map the Green and Colorado Rivers, under the direction of John Wesley Powell, a Civil War veteran and personal friend of President Grant,” according to the Temple High School Theater Department. “This is a government-sanctioned journey in the footsteps of deserters, lone adventurers, and countless Indigenous peoples who once braved the wild rapids leading through Colorado, Utah, and New Mexico and through the most dangerous waterway of all – the Grand Canyon.”
Temple High School outperformed seven other regional campuses for the title: Copperas Cove High School, Bryan High School, Ellison High School, Harker Heights High School, Belton High School, Killeen High School and Shoemaker High School.
“Natalie Greenfield has been named Best Actress,” Temple ISD spokesperson Jon Wallin said in a press release. “Alivea Johnson was named to the All-Star Cast. Brinley Belson was named to the Honorable Mention All-Star Cast and Janice Cody was named to the All-Star Technical Squad.
Natasha Tolleson, Chief Theater Director at Temple High, has enjoyed the continued success of her program over the years.
“Every year it’s such an honor and privilege to be able to work with such talented children as we have in our program here,” said Tolleson, who led the department for 31 years. “Thirty years is a remarkable number, but every year is different, and we try to find ways to work on the strengths of the students we have in our program that year. We are thrilled to win the district again and it is a real honor for the children we have in our program.
Temple High School will be participating in the bi-district UIL One-Act Play competition next Thursday, March 24, at THS Auditorium, 415 N. 31st. Holy in the Temple.
The cast and crew will compete against Bryan High School, Harker Heights High School, Midway High School, Waco High School, and Waxahachie High School.
“It will be nice to have our next show in a space that we are used to,” Tolleson said. “We had to make some adjustments to play on a smaller space for the district contest, (but) now we’re able to space out our cast a bit more and get the most out of our stage. We are therefore delighted to be able to play in our own bi-district auditorium.