Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Carroll Thespians Earn Cast Awards at UIL Competition

Carroll Theatre Department’s UIL One Act Play, 33 Variations, advanced from the Zone 2 Competition on Thursday, March 20 to the District Championships on Saturday, March 29.  Both competitions, Zone and District, were hosted by Carroll Senior High School.

At the Zone 2 Competition, Carroll Theatre Department took home the following awards:

  • Advancing Play
  • Honorable Mention All-Star Cast = Drew Brown and Kristine Lahde
  • All-Star Cast = Joey Donoian and Colette Culbertson

At the District Championships, Carroll Theatre Department took home the following honors:

  • Alternate Play to Area
  • Outstanding Technician = David Walsh
  • Honorable Mention All-Star Cast = Drew Brown and Joey Donoian
  • All-Star Cast = Kristine Lahde, Colette Culbertson, Scott Griffin, and the Ensemble, who consisted of Emily Cutler, Gareth Forsberg, Christie Griffin, Georgia Herr, Helen Hetrick,  and Alyssa Pugliese.

Congratulations, also, to Cody Shuck and Heather Wang, who rounded out the very talented cast, and Madeleine Louviere, Hallie Nell, Richard Rodenberg, Alex Spaeth, and David Walsh, who comprised our hard-working Tech Crew.

Carroll Theatre Directors Roald and Stacie Martinsen extended their congratulations to students and parents who participated in the UIL One Act Play process saying, “They represented their schools and the district beautifully.”

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