Monday, September 27, 2021

City of Southlake Now Accepting Nominations for the 2016 Youth of the Year Award

Annually, the City of Southlake sponsors the Youth of the Year Award presented at the Southlake Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet. This award recognizes outstanding teens who have made a difference in our community.  The City traditionally receives exceptional nominations for young residents of Southlake demonstrating their commitment to our community. If you know a teen (ages 12-18) who deserves recognition for their outstanding role in the community, please nominate them by Friday May 13 for this prestigious honor. Nomination forms can be found online here.

Last year’s Youth of the Year Award recipients was an extraordinary young lady Sarah Friske. Ms. Friske is a member of numerous community groups including the Southlake Youth Action Commission (SYAC). This young lady has inspired the community with her hard work, determination and dedication to a cause – we are looking forward to hearing how other youth residents of Southlake have made an impact on the community this year. If you have additional questions please do not hesitate to contact the City at 817-748-8019 or abennett@ci.southlake.tx.us

Carroll Theatre Department Receives Prestigious Nominations

Carroll Theatre Department, under the direction of Roald and Stacie Martinsen with Orchestral direction by David Lown, has been honored with 15 nominations for the Schmidt and Jones Awards for the department’s fall performance of Legally Blonde The Musical.

“We are so honored to have had the opportunity to participate in the Schmidt and Jones Awards, hosted by Lyric Stage.  Their commitment to improving artistic excellence in high school theatre departments is a welcome change to financial burdens and cuts that all educational organizations are facing each year.  We are proud of our students, our staff, our administrators, and our supportive parents for dedicating themselves, their time, and their hearts to making Dragon Drama a great place for kids to grow in their journey as artists and citizens,” said Directors Roald and Stacie Martinsen.

In addition, the Schmidt and Jones Awards are part of a national competition called NHSMTA, along with Casa Manana and Dallas Summer Musicals.  Carroll’s best actress nominee, Sara Faris, will travel to New York City to compete in the National Competition if she wins on Awards Night, May 23. 

Lyric Stage, Dallas County’s only locally produced professional musical theatre company, is hosting the third annual Schmidt and Jones Awards honoring excellence in high school musical theatre in North Texas. The awards show will be Thursday, May 23 in the Carpenter Performance Hall at the Irving Arts Center.

The awards are named after Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones, native Texans and creators of The Fantasticks, the longest running show in the history of the American theatre. The original off-Broadway production played 42 years and 17,162 performances. Throughout the years, Lyric Stage has had a strong relationship with the duo, and in 2005-06 produced Schmidt and Jones: A Celebration. The festival included productions of The Fantasticks and 110 in the Shade, and staged readings of Celebration and Philemon. The Schmidt and Jones Awards will be an opportunity to honor North Texas Theatre students in a gala atmosphere with a Tony Award© feel.  Any Dallas, Tarrant or Collin county public or private high school which performs a musical is invited to participate.

Please congratulate the following students on their nominations, along with Carroll Theatre Department and the Musical Orchestra:

BEST MUSICAL

  • Legally Blonde –  Carroll Senior High School

 

BEST ORCHESTRA

  • Carroll Senior High School

 

EXCELLENCE IN CHOREOGRAPHY

  • Heather Wang, Legally Blonde, Carroll Senior High School

 

BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

  • Sara Faris, Legally Blonde, Carroll Senior High School

 

BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

  • John Harvey, Legally Blonde, Carroll Senior High School 
  • Daniel Scandura, Legally Blonde, Carroll Senior High School

 

BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

  • Kaylyn Buckley, Legally Blonde, Carroll Senior High School 
  • Ashley Nordahl, Legally Blonde, Carroll Senior High School

 

BEST ACTOR IN A MINOR ROLE

  • Colton Hess, Legally Blonde, Carroll Senior High School

 

BEST ACTRESS IN A MINOR ROLE

  • Devin Berg, Legally Blonde, Carroll Senior High School 
  • Kristine Lahde, Legally Blonde, Carroll Senior High School

 

BEST MALE ENSEMBLE PERFORMER

  • Mason Kuhn, Legally Blonde, Carroll Senior High School 
  • Steven Riedel, Legally Blonde, Carroll Senior High School

 

BEST FEMALE ENSEMBLE PERFORMER

  • Giselle Drake, Legally Blonde, Carroll Senior High School

 

EXCELLENCE IN COSTUME DESIGN

  • Jordan Jones, Legally Blonde, Carroll Senior High School