Carroll High School Freedom Players performed the musical "Annie Get Your Gun" on May 1, 2, and 3 of 2015. Written by Herbert and Dorothy Fields with music by Irving Berlin and produced with association with the Rogers and Hammerstein Theatre Library. This musical adaptation of the life of Ohio native and legendary Sharpshooter, Annie Oakley (Jennifer Clemens,) tells the story of her rise to fame in Buffalo Bill's (Fred Blackwell) Wild West Show and her tempestuous relationship with her fellow sharp shooter Frank Butler (Peter Witt).
The Student Director is Elise Triplett. Christina Hauber, Allison Wright, Hannah Barnes, and Brenna Hayes are Stage Managers. Megan Weitz manages the show's costume department as well as running the hair and makeup department with Jennifer Clemens. Alumnus Marissa Friel (2014) will be choreographing the show with the assistance of Student Choreographers Caylan Fazio, Alicia Sutton and Lindsey Collins. Eric Dahlstrom is assistant to the Student Director. The cast and crew consist of over 60 Carroll students in grades 9 through 12.
A performance is built on a foundation of comradery, imagination, and hard work. With this in mind Toni Hemmert Weitz has dedicated her time towards helping students experience the reward of a strong foundation. Since the year 2000, Toni has been involved in the creation of various plays, musicals, dinner theaters, workshops, drama camps, and trips to NYC, Grand Rapids, and local theaters. Toni married Nicholas Weitz, a 1987 Carroll grad and they have 7 children, five of which are Carroll Drama Alumni.
Diane Walters, a 2004 Carroll High School graduate, played a munchkin her freshman year in Wizard of Oz and made her directorial debut as music director in the same show in 2012. An active performer, she maintains a full schedule as a soloist and collaborative musician. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Capital University in Columbus, OH and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance and a Professional Studies Diploma from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA.
Jack is also a Carroll grad and worked with Mrs. Stucke and the original freedom players. Jack and his wife, Patricia Glaser (class of 72) have sent two children through Carroll. Jack supervises the stage crew as Technical Director. He was instrumental in acquiring funding from Drama Alumni to replace the light board, stage lights, sound equipment and stage curtains. Jack also acquired recycled Grand Rapids, MI, theater equipment for the Drama Department.