Monday, May 23, 2022

Dawson Theatre Students Receive "Excellent" Rating

Dawson OAP 2014Dawson Middle School Theatre Arts competed in their UIL One Act Play on February 25th at Byron Nelson High School.

Their production of The Crucible received an “Excellent” rating after competing against Medlin Middle School (The Magic Well) and Tidwell Middle School (Persephone).

“Overall the competition was a huge success and Dawson staff and directors are incredibly proud of their hard work,” said Dawson Theatre Teacher, Michael McNay.

Peyton Proksch was recognized as Best Technician for Dawson Middle School. Allie Coates and Emmy Pratt received Honorable Mention acting awards. Anna Chase Lanier and Obinna Megwa received All-Star Cast recognition. Miranda Campin was recognized as the Best Actress of the entire festival.

Southlake Dancers Take the Stage in Dallas

Dozens of Southlake students and families from Studio A are participating in a large scale production in Dallas later this month.

The Weaving, sponsored by the International Ballet Theatre, will be performed Saturday, Oct. 26 at 8 p.m. at the historic Majestic Theatre in Dallas. The show features members of the The International Ballet Theater, Southlake’s only non-profit ballet apprenticeship. 

Act I includes members of the apprentice ballet company dancing with 6 professional guest artists, in several classical and contemporary pieces. Act II is a reprisal of The Weaving.  Studio A founder, Anita Conley produced The Weaving several years ago and took the production to Lincoln Center in New York City.  The Weaving is a dance narrative on the life of Corrie ten Boom.  Corrie was a Dutch Christian who saved the lives of over 800 Jews during the holocaust. The Weaving was originally performed on Broadway at the Lincoln Center in 2010. This is the premiere of The Weaving in Dallas.

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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 .

CSHS Senior Receives Nomination for Role in Carroll's High School Musical

The Carroll Theatre Department’s John Harvey recently received a Schmidt and Jones Award Nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. John is a senior at Carroll Senior High School.

John is an active member of the Carroll Senior High Thespian Troupe, recently earning the rank of National Honor Thespian. During the four years John has dedicated to the theatre program, he has performed in the musical productions of White Christmas, The Drowsy Chaperone, Beauty and the Beast, and Legally Blonde The Musical as Professor Callahan.   John has also participated as a cast member in the One Act Play competition of Unexpected Tenderness and New Jerusalem, The Interrogation of Baruch De Spinoza, playing the part of Baruch De Spinoza. John participated in the Musical Theatre Showcase and competed in the Poetry Slam Competiton in 2011. Juggling his time with Carroll Dragon Band, John helped with The Haunted Asylum, The Haunted Circus, and The Mystery Time Machine. Due to his diligent work in the Theatre department, John was awarded the Rising Star Award in 2011, also winning the Poetry Slam competition that year as well.   Selected as Best Actor for his portrayal of Baruch De Spinoza in the UIL District 4 One Act Play Competition in 2013, and awarded Best Actor in Carroll Theatre, John has also just been nominated for the Schmidt and Jones Awards, presented by Lyric Stage, for Best Supporting Actor in the Carroll Theatre production of Legally Blonde The Musical.

Throughout John’s life, performing has been a passion, beginning at an early age participating in church musicals. Music has always been an integral part of his life. John has taken piano lessons since kindergarten, expanding his formal training to other percussion instruments starting in sixth grade and formal voice lessons in eighth grade. Through music he can feel what the composers are trying to convey, and in performances, share that mood or feeling with the audience. To John, performance is a liberating way to express one’s own self as well. To say that John is passionate about theatre is a huge understatement. He loves the long hours of collaboration with other actors. John believes taking instruction from directors is a wonderful way to learn and grow, and that inhabiting the mind of each character played is fascinating and educational. Because of this passion, John plans to continue his training at Texas State University, where he will work toward a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Acting.  Asked how he feels about the Schmidt and Jones Best Supporting Actor nomination for his role as Professor Callahan, John simply states, “It is an unexpected honor just to be nominated.  I am so proud of all in the cast and crew of Legally Blonde The Musical, and feel honored to be a part of such a wonderful show.”

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  

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.

DMS Hosts Black Box Theatre

For a tenth year, students at Dawson Middle School will present live performances during various lunch periods. The shows called “Brown Bag Theatre” consist of three, one-act plays that are all written, directed and produced by students. This year’s schedule is listed below:

A Lunch Period (11:15 a.m.) 

  • Wednesday, Dec. 5: “August Fourteenth” by Anna Crafton
  • Friday, Dec. 7: “The Perfect Pointe” by Caroline Garcia

B Lunch Period (12:10 p.m.)

  • Thursday, Dec. 6: “Dear Johnny” by Faith Osterberg
  • Friday, Dec. 7: “The Perfect Pointe” by Caroline Garcia

C Lunch Period (12:55 p.m.)

  • Wednesday, Dec. 5: “August Fourteenth” by Anna Crafton
  • Thursday, Dec. 6: “Dear Johnny” by Faith Osterberg

Free admission to all shows. The audience is welcome to enjoy their lunch during each performance. For more information, contact the DMS Theatre Box Office at 817-949-5556