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Carroll Theatre's Legally Blonde Earns Award Nominations

May 02, 2013 02:02PM ● By tina

By Tina Auten, Staff Writer

Photo courtesy of Rex Teter Photography

Featuring upbeat music and fast-paced dance numbers, Carroll Theatre’s fall production of Legally Blonde The Musical earned 15 nominations from the Schmidt and Jones Awards sponsored by Lyric Stage, Dallas. The list of 2012-2013 award nominees was released earlier this week and includes high schools in Dallas, Tarrant, and Collin counties.

“Carroll Theatre Department is honored to have had the opportunity to participate in the Schmidt and Jones Awards,” says Stacie Martinsen, Carroll Theatre’s director.  “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.”

Nominations for Carroll Theatre include:

Best Musical – Legally Blonde

Best Orchestra – Carroll Senior HS

Excellence in Choreography – Heather Wang

Best Actress in a Leading RoleSara Faris

Best Actor in a Supporting Role – John Harvey and Daniel Scandura

Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Kaylyn Buckley and Ashley Nordahl

Best Actor in a Minor Role – Colton Hess

Best Actress in a Minor Role – Devin Berg and Kristine Lahde

Best Male Ensemble Performer – Mason Kuhn and Steven Riedel

Best Female Ensemble Performer – Giselle Drake

Excellence in Costume Design – Jordan Jones

A panel of judges consisting of theatre professionals and theatre educators view productions of accepted applicants from North Texas high schools before making nominations in various performance and design categories.  The panel votes to determine a winner for each category, and an awards gala is held to honor the winning students.  Winners from the Schmidt and Jones Awards travel to New York to compete at the National High School Musical Theatre Awards.

The National High School Musical Theater Awards recognizes and honors excellence in student performances across the country with more than 50,000 students participating annually. Thirty professional theatres throughout the nation sponsor the competitions and include local theatres Lyric Stage, Casa Manana, and Dallas Summer Musicals.

Production Photos courtesy of Rex Teter Photography.