Sunday, September 26, 2021

Tarzan Swings into Carroll Senior High School

Tarzan_4C_MAN-AND-TITLEThe stage adaptation of the 1999 Disney film, Tarzan is this year’s selected musical performance offered by the Carroll Theatre Department.

Tarzan The Stage Musical opens this week. Opening night is Thursday, Nov. 6. The show runs through Sunday, Nov. 9.

Carroll Senior High School’s production is family friendly. Gareth Forsberg plays the role of Clayton, the villainous hunter. But despite a history of bad guy roles, Gareth is described, by the cast, as one of the happiest guys around.

“I try to become that {evil} character by detaching myself from being what is socially acceptable”, Gareth says. “ I am so thrilled to show how savage Clayton is!”

The title character is played by Drew Brown, who says perfecting Tarzan’s trademark yell proved to be a challenge.

“This is by far the most physically demanding show I have ever been in…a constant squat, to stage combat, to gymnastic moves and flying…{but} the Tarzan yell may be the single hardest thing I’ve had to do in this show…it’s a full on yodel!”

Brown has prepared for this yell by watching around 100 different YouTube videos and working with the musical director.

Tarzan The Stage Musical opens Thurs. Nov. 6 at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are available at www.dragondrama.net. Additional performances are listed below: 

  • Friday, Nov. 7 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 8 at 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 9 at 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Les Miserables Performance to Feature A Heart Full of Love

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

Seniors Emily Cutler and Timmy Thompson (pictured right) initially met two years ago during Carroll Theatre Department’s Beauty and the Beast, when Emily played a Townsperson who bought three eggs from the Egg Seller, Timmy Thompson.  Now they are playing their dream roles of Cosette and Marius, respectively.

“Earning the role of Cosette has meant so much to me. Although grueling, the audition process was well worth my time and I can’t even begin to describe the joy I felt when my name matched with my favorite character on the cast list. Not to mention, my best friend in the world, Timmy Thompson, and I were paired as the show’s romantic duo. Our relationship has grown and flourished in the show and Timmy has been my rock throughout, “ said Senior Emily Cutler.

Senior Timmy Thompson said, “The character Marius and my personality have fit together like two puzzle pieces.  The rehearsals are very rewarding and I look forward to them every day, because I get to spend time with my closest friends.  My relationship with Emily Cutler is very helpful to this role, because we already have the natural chemistry that Marius and Cosette need. When I sing “Heart Full of Love”, I’m singing it to Emily, not Cosette. During the summer, we both were dreaming about receiving the roles of Marius and Cosette, and now it is a dream come true. I’d like to thank the Martinsens and Mrs. Fisher for helping me achieve this role.”

The show opens on Wednesday, Nov. 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.

Tickets are available at $15, $20 or $25 depending on seat location and date.  Using the online ticketing system, guests can choose their own seats and print their own tickets by ordering at www.DragonDrama.net  

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

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 www.DragonDrama.net.  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.

 

Tickets on Sale Now for Les Miserables


Cast members of this year's Musical 'Les Miserables'

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

One of the first high schools in the nation to premiere the full Broadway score, this international smash hit may be the most popular musical in the world.  The musical has won over 70 major theatre awards including an Olivier, Tony, and Grammy.  A film adaptation of the stage musical, featuring Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway, was released on Christmas of 2012.

Seniors Heather Wang and Mark Elliott (pictured right) are working extremely hard to prepare themselves for the roles of Fantine and Jean Valjean in the upcoming production which opens this first week in November.  Two of the greatest roles in musical theatre, these two seniors have been working and preparing for this opportunity since the spring of 2013.  Private voice lessons, dance lessons, and extensive character research will aid these two Carroll Thespians in their important debut on opening night! Both seniors, who have been with Carroll Theatre Department for four years, will audition for college placement in Musical Theatre and Acting in mid-November at the North Texas Auditions.

Another sold out performance run is anticipated so please order your tickets early.  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 www.DragonDrama.net

The show opens on Wednesday, November 6 at 7:30 p.m.  All performances are in the Carroll Theatre Auditorium, located at Carroll Senior High School, 1501 W. Southlake Blvd.

Carroll Theatre Hosts Award Winning Poet at Weekend Slam Event

The Carroll Theatre Department is proud to present its fourth annual Poetry Slam on Saturday, Oct. 5, in the CSHS Auditorium at 7 p.m. Internationally renowned poet and author Roger Bonair-Agard will be the featured Guest Artist. Winners of the Poetry Slam will head to Chicago in March to compete in the Louder Than A Bomb Poetry Competition, which is the world’s largest youth poetry festival. Six Carroll students were among the 750 students who competed at LTAB last year. The Poetry Slam marks the conclusion of the Theatre Department’s Poetry Unit, which is taught by Jason Carney and Bob Stephenson.

Roger Bonair-Agard is the co-founder and artistic director of NYC’s louderARTS Project in New York City. He is also a Cave Canem fellow, a playwright, essayist, and memoirist, and the author of three poetry collections: Gully, Tarnish and Masquerade, and Bury My Clothes, which was nominated for the 2013 National Book Award for Poetry. He is the writer-in-residence with Vision Into Art and the poet-in-residence with Young Chicago Authors, and teaches poetry at Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center in Chicago.

Tickets to the Poetry Slam are $10 and can be purchased in the foyer of the CSHS Auditorium the night of the performance.  For more information, please contact the Carroll Theatre Department at http://dragondrama.net .

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

 

 

Dragon Drama Musical Tickets Available

Carroll Theatre Department is honored to be among the first high schools in the nation to premiere Legally Blonde: The Musical. The production is based on the movie, “Legally Blonde” which starred Reese Witherspoon.  The Carroll Theatre Department production has a PG rating for students 13 and under.

Another sold out performance run is anticipated so please order your tickets early.  Tickets are available at $15, $20 or $25 depending on seat location and date. Using the new ticketing system, guests can choose seats and print tickets by ordering at www.DragonDrama.net  

The show opened Friday, November 30 at 7:30 p.m. and continues on the following dates/ times:

  • Saturday, December 1st at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 2nd at 2:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 5th at 7:00 p.m. (Staff and School Board night)
  • Friday, December 7th at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 8th at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 9th at 2:30 p.m.

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

Tickets Going Fast for Dragon Musical

Carroll Theatre Department’s Legally Blonde The Musical Tickets are Selling Fast!

Another sold out performance run is anticipated so please order your tickets early.  Tickets are available at $15, $20 or $25 depending on seat location and date.  Guests can use Carroll ISD’s Ticket Tracker ticketing system to select, purchase and print tickets. Find the link to order at DragonDrama.net

The show opens on Friday, Nov. 30 and runs for two consecutive weekends through December 9 with Friday and Saturday evening performances at 7:30 p.m. Sunday matinees Dec. 2 and 9 will be at 2:30 p.m. A performance has been added for Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 7:00 p.m.

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

Final Dates for Carroll Theatre's Haunted House

Over 700 people throughout the metroplex have attended Carroll Theatre’s Haunted House: The Mystery Time Machine.  Most have opted for the full ‘frightened’ version of the show, but many were grateful for the presence of our Angel Ushers who escorted those who chose a friendlier experience.

As customers emerged unscathed from The Mystery Time Machine, feedback has been great and they have clearly enjoyed their experience.  A big favorite was the Spinning Wheel Time Machines, although the Through The Ages Maze and Claustrophobia were great crowd pleasers.

The event is so popular it was recently featured in The Southlake Times. Many fans have taken to the internet and social media to promote the attraction. Click here to continue to spread the word.

Senior Mason Kuhn prepares to scare as a "Maze Monster"

Haunted House: The Mystery Time Machine inside the Carroll Senior High School Auditorium Entrance continues on the following dates: October 26, and 27 from 7– 11:30 p.m. and October 31 from 7– 11:00 p.m. Tickets are $10.00 and are on sale at www.dragondrama.net .  A limited number of ‘Fast Passes’ will also be available for sale at the venue each night.  These will cost an additional $10.00 each and will move you straight to the front of the line.

This is the sixth year the Carroll Theatre Department has hosted a haunted house event.