Friday, August 12, 2022

Carroll Theatre Department Senior Receives Award, Scholarship

The Carroll Theatre Department has not only become a second family to Daniel Scandura over the past four years, it has also been the catalyst for his undying passion for Theatre Arts.  He was a member of the Ensemble in White Christmas during his freshman year.  As a sophomore he played a gangster disguised as a pastry chef in The Drowsy Chaperone.  During his junior year, he had the opportunity to play the beloved Disney villain, Gaston, in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, as well as Archie Stern in the UIL One Act Play, Unexpected Tenderness.  He began his senior year playing Elle Woods’ peer, a driven law student-turned-love interest named Emmett Forrest in Legally Blonde The Musical, and ended it playing Rabbi Mortera in New Jerusalem.

Daniel has most recently been honored with the prestigious Schmidt and Jones Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as Emmett Forrest in Legally Blonde The Musical.

“When I won the award I was ecstatic! I respect Legally Blonde The Musical and all the hard work we put into it so winning Best Supporting Actor and Best Musical was a dream come true,” said Daniel when he won the award at Carpenter Hall at the Irving Arts Center on Thursday, May 23. Daniel received a $500 scholarship. He also won the 2012 UIL All-star Cast Award for his performance as Archie in Unexpected Tenderness, and has been inducted into the International Thespian Society, winning his National Honor Thespian stole in 2013.

Daniel would like to thank his directors, teachers, and mentors Stacie and Roald Martinsen, as well as his fellow cast members, and everyone who has had a part in his experience with Carroll Theatre Department. He looks forward to taking all of the valuable skills that he has learned during his time in the Department and applying them towards his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in college. His dream and goal is to pursue a career in film and on Broadway.

CSHS Students Among Award Nominees

Recently, the Carroll ISD Theatre Department was honored with 15 nominations for the prestigious Schmidt and Jones Awards for their production of last fall’s Legally Blonde The Musical. In addition to nominations for Best Musical, Best Actress and Best Actor in a Supporting Role, additional students also received nominations for their performances.

Carroll Theatre Department Junior, Heather Wang, was nominated for Best Choreography. Heather has been dancing all her life and it has been a pivotal part of who she is. She is versed in several styles of dance from the elegant lyrical to hard-hitting crump, and has competed in numerous competitions for solo hip hop, tap, jazz, lyrical, and ballet. Since the age of three, she has been taking classes, and recently discovered her love for choreography! Musical Theatre has become something she couldn’t live with out, whether it be a monkey in Carroll Theatre Department’s The Drowsy Chaperone, Napkin in Beauty and the Beast, or Margot in Legally Blonde The Musical, each character lives within who she is today! She loves acting, singing and dancing so much she hopes to pursue this as a career!

Here is Heather’s response to her Schmidt and Jones Award Nomination: “If I’m being completely honest, I never truly believed I was a dancer until this year. My sister was the dancer of the family, my brother was the athlete, so this affirmation of my skill means more then many realize. To be nominated out of the many talented students in Texas is perhaps the most amazing feeling, and given me the true answer as to whether or not I can actually do this for the rest of my life.”

Junior, Kristine Lahde, is nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Minor Role for her role as Enid. Kristine Lahde has been involved in theatre since she was five years old. She’s been in numerous productions and has spent three wonderful years in the Carroll Theatre Department. She feels beyond privileged to have been nominated for a Schmidt and Jones Award: “I was so excited and honored when I heard about my nomination. Enid was a great role that I loved playing.” Kristine is eager to see what the future holds.

Junior, Steven Riedel, is nominated for Best Male Ensemble Performer for his role of CarlosSteven is a Junior at Carroll Senior High School. He is beyond excited for his first musical with Carroll Theatre Department. Steven has been involved with Stars Theater in the past, and is currently looking at The New York Film Academy to become a film actor. Steven is also a part of the Carroll Theatre Poetry Slam Team where he went to Chicago’s Louder Than A Bomb poetry competition representing Southlake and Carroll Theatre in March. Lastly, Steven would like to thank The Martinsens, Ms. Galante, Ms. Fisher, and Ms. Jones for giving him this wonderful opportunity: “I honestly have never had so much fun performing a musical and performing with such talented actors.  It’s also been a thrill to be able to have the opportunity to work with such great directors.”

Carroll Theatre Department Senior, Ashley Nordahl, is nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role for her work as Paulette in Legally Blonde The Musical:

Ashley Nordahl is a senior this year at Carroll Senior High School and loves doing theatre. She is a National Honor Thespian and has been in theatre all through her high school career. She has been in the productions of White Christmas (Ensemble), The Drowsy Chaperone (Ensemble), Beauty and the Beast (Silly Girl #3), Les Miserables in Concert (Madame Thenardier), and Legally Blonde The Musical as Paulette. Ashley has been singing since she was eight years old.  She is so honored to be nominated for the Schmidt and Jones Awards’ Best Supporting Actress Award. She plans on attending Ole Miss this fall for Elementary Education.

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:


  • Legally Blonde –  Carroll Senior High School



  • Carroll Senior High School



  • Heather Wang, Legally Blonde, Carroll Senior High School



  • Sara Faris, Legally Blonde, Carroll Senior High School



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



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



  • Colton Hess, Legally Blonde, Carroll Senior High School



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



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



  • Giselle Drake, Legally Blonde, Carroll Senior High School



  • Jordan Jones, Legally Blonde, Carroll Senior High School