Carroll Theatre's Legally Blonde Earns Award Nominations
By Tina Auten, Staff Writer
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 Role – Sara 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.