In the group category Genevieve Myers (set design), Sereniti Patterson (hair and makeup design), Hanna Prince (costume design) and Daniel Salazar (theatrical marketing) secured a third place finish. Kelsi Seiter also represented Temple High School at state in the individual theatrical marketing category.
Dramatic design is one of 11 courses that comprise the high school’s theatre program. In this course, which has three tiers, students learn to coordinate hair, makeup, costumes, set and marketing with different theatrical works.
Design is an area that students compete at in various settings like UIL and the Texas Thespians state festival. Natasha Tolleson, theatre arts director at THS, says that competing off stage helps her students become well-rounded thespians.
“All of our students that are performers have to pick some form of technical or design theatre that they work on,” Tolleson said. “We don’t have kids that are exclusively performers.”
All five theatrical design state-finalists are a part of this year’s one-act play company — three performers and two crew members.