Saturday, August 20, 2022

Great Gatsby Production Comes To CSHS

GatsbyPoster ImageThe award-winning Carroll Theatre Department is producing a play based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s book, “The Great Gatsby”.  Simon Levy’s adaptation will be performed by varsity theatre students on October 3 and 4, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. in the Carroll Senior High School Auditorium.

‘The Great Gatsby’ tells the story of triumph and tragedy plaguing American society during the 1920s. Scenes include dancers performing classic dance moves from the 1920s Jazz Era. The Technical Theatre students are excited to be designing and building elaborate set pieces, including the iconic yellow car. Most students are thrilled to produce a show based on a book they have previously studied in English III. Mature Audiences, please.

A second production is in the works for later this fall. CSHS students and staff will present “Tarzan: The Stage Musical”. Opening night will be Thursday, Nov. 6.

More information can be found on

Carroll Theatre Students Present The Wiz

©rexteterphotographyRoxann Taylor and Associates, Realtors is proud to present a Carroll Theatre Department production of The Wiz, the New Musical Version of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum with book by William F. Brown and Music and Lyrics by Charlie Smalls and Timothy Graphenreed. Winner of 7 Tony Awards, this beloved Broadway musical sets Dorothy’s adventures in the Land of Oz to music in a dazzling, lively mixture of rock, gospel, and soul.

Seniors Steven Riedel, Heather Wang, Brandon Norall, Carson Skinner, Carter Sullivan, Theresa Guarino, Emily Cutler, Grant Pike, Kristine Lahde, Joey Donoian, Sarah Warren, Cody Shuck, Timmy Thompson, and Christie Griffin will bring the curtain down on their final Carroll Theatre Department production before heading off to college next year, along with 80 Carroll Theatre Department students, grades 9 – 12.

The New York Post says this production “Radiates so much energy you can hardly sit in your seat…great fun.”

Tickets are available for $10 and can be purchased online. Using the online ticket purchase system, guests can choose their own seats and print their own tickets by ordering at

The show opens on Wednesday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m. Additional performances are scheduled for Friday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 3 at 7:30 p.m. All performances are in the Carroll Theatre Auditorium, located at Carroll Senior High School, 1501 W. Southlake Blvd., Southlake, Texas 76092.

Carroll Theatre Students Show Strong Talent at Auditions

Eight Carroll Theatre Department Seniors attended the prestigious North Texas Auditions in Plano on Thursday, November 21.  With over 125 callbacks from top colleges across the country, the following students now have multiple options to consider for their Theatre careers in college (pictured left to right): Cody Shuck, Joey Donoian, Kristine Lahde, Colette Culbertson, Sarah Carron, Mark Elliott, Steven Riedel. Heather Wang was not pictured.

Having just completed an outstanding run in Carroll Theatre Department’s production of Les Miserables, these Dragon Thespians are well on their way to collegiate success in the world of Acting and Musical Theatre.


Best Friends Perform Together in Musical

Roxann Taylor and Associates, Realtors is proud to present a Carroll Theatre Department production of Les Miserables.

Seniors Joey Donoian and Kristine Lahde, both four-year Carroll Theatre Department veterans, have utilized their strong friendship to win fabulous roles as Javert and Eponine, respectively, in the upcoming musical production of Les Miserables

“We met during our first Carroll Theatre production, freshman year, and we’ve been best friends ever since. Throughout the struggle and drama high school can bring, we have always been there for each other, and are each other’s biggest supporters,” said Joey.

Kristine agrees, “Working on Les Mis together has seriously been a dream come true for us. It’s one of our favorite musicals and we could not be more excited about it!”

Joey is planning on studying musical theatre in New York City, while Kristine planes on pursuing film in LA.

Both seniors will audition for college placement in Musical Theatre and Acting in mid-November at the North Texas Auditions.

Tickets are selling fast with Golden Circle seating sold out for some performances. Tickets are available at $15, $20 or $25 depending on seat location and date. With our ticketing system, you can choose your own seats and print your own tickets by ordering at  To read more about this year’s production, click here.

The show opens on Wednesday, November 6 at 7:30 p.m. and continues on the following dates:

Thursday, November 7 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 9 at 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 10 at 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 10 at 7:30 p.m.

All performances are in the Carroll Theatre Auditorium, located at Carroll Senior High School, 1501 W. Southlake Blvd., Southlake, Texas 76092.


Nominee for Best High School Musical Theatre Performer Includes CISD Senior

Sara Faris has been a dedicated thespian with Carroll Theatre for four years, earning her National Honor Thespian rank this May.  She has performed in White Christmas, The Phantom Ship, The Haunted Prison, Poetry Slam 2010 – 2012, The Haunted Asylum, Beauty and the Beast (Babette), and Legally Blonde The Musical as Elle Woods and Brooke Wyndham in 2012. In preparation for the parts, Sara worked a strict schedule that included private ballet lessons and an exercise regime specifically designed to build performance endurance.

Recently, Sarah was nominated for the prestigious Schmidt and Jones Awards hosted by Lyric Stage is a tremendous opportunity for her as it is part of the fifth annual National High School Musical Theater Awards. Faris received a nomination for Best Actress for her role in last fall’s production of Legally Blond The Musical. Click here to read more and vote for Sara. Should she win, Faris will take part in the National competition next month at the Minskoff Theatre on Broadway.  A panel of judges will choose two students for the coveted the Jimmy™ Awards for Best Performance by an Actor and Best Performance by an Actress.  The program will also include a week-long theater intensive in New York City later this summer.

Sara’s passion for the performing arts started at the age of two. Upon visiting her older sister’s dance classes, the teacher noticed her enthusiasm for the choreography and music and suggested that she be enrolled in a tap, ballet, and jazz class. From there, she was hooked. She fostered an intense infatuation with the stage, which was only strengthened when she performed a solo part in her first musical at the age of seven. This was the beginning of her vocal and theatrical career. She began writing songs participating in a local community theatre, STARS at the age of eight. After a few years and many performances with STARS, Sara auditioned for a performing arts group called “Superstar Express” that promoted health and wellness at local schools and other venues through music and performance, and even opened for bands like the Jonas Brothers. At the age of twelve, Sara was inducted as the youngest member in the history of the older group, working very hard to keep up with the fast paced and physically demanding rehearsals. The ultimate payoff was her eight-show stint at Walt Disney World at the age of thirteen. From there, Sara continued to explore her music passion with a quirky pair of producers, Mike and Mark Stitts, who offered to work with her to produce her own self-written album. Never refusing a challenge, Sara accepted and began the two year task that would come to be known as “Painting Poetry”. Seeking a more focused atmosphere to work on her recording, Sara decided to spend her sophomore year of high school at the DFW Performing Arts Conservatory. She took classes in dance, music, voice, and acting, marking the beginning of what would become a habit of working very hard to improve her craft. Upon the completion of “Painting Poetry”, Sara decided to go back to public school to give musical theatre a try for the first time since her time in STARS and will graduate next month.  For now, Sara continues to work on her music featured on her YouTube channel,  “saradaisyy” and plans to attend Belmont University as a commercial music major next year.

Carroll Theatre Department Scores Another Historic First

Carroll Theatre Department has been selected to participate in the “Louder Than A Bomb” Slam Poetry Competition this month in Chicago. Carroll is the first team from Texas to compete in the competition. “Louder Than A Bomb” or LTAB is the world’s largest youth poetry festival. The event was created in 2001 by Kevin Coval (Young Chicago Authors Artistic Director) and Anna West. This year’s competition is already underway and runs through Saturday, March 9. Click here to follow the event on Facebook.

The Carroll Theatre Department is sending six very talented performers and writers to this historic competition. Carroll ISD Theatre Directors Roald and Stacie Martinsen, in cooperation with FnG Eats Owner/Poet Bob Stephenson and writer Jason Carney, warmly congratulate the following Thespians (pictured left to right): Mary Grace Roach, Grade 10; Baylee McKeel, Grade 11; Steven Riedel, Grade 11; Alison Van Zandt, Grade 11; Sarah Warren, Grade 11; Emily Cutler, Grade 11 and Taylor Cox, Grade 12 (Not Pictured). Students depart Wednesday, March 6.

LTAB, was the subject of an award-winning documentary featured on Oprah’s OWN Network. LTAB features over 100 teams and 750 students from around the country. LTAB was created to give youth around the city of Chicago a platform to share their stories. The festival has since become a “bridge” for young people from many different backgrounds to come together and find a common ground through their narratives.