Faith Carroll
Age 18, Grade 12

How do you serve your community?
I codirected the play this spring at Milton High School. I have acted in the drama productions all four years in high school and I wanted to try something new.

Why is this an important project?
“The Laramie Project” is unlike any show I’ve ever been a part of, so I think having the opportunity to help bring this story to our community was really important.

What have you learned about your community, and how has this made you a better student?
This has made me grow stronger as a person because I hadn’t fully realized the challenges of directing a show before now. It was an amazing experience, and I’m so thankful to Paul Curtiss and Amanda DeCarlo for being the most wonderful mentors I could ever dream of.

From theater teacher Amanda DeCarlo: “Faith was the student director for our one-act play of “The Laramie Project.” Faith worked extremely hard researching our topic, making schedules and planning out rehearsals.  Faith puts a ton of hard work, dedication and heart into everything she does always, and this was just another example of that. She was the first student director in Milton which was no easy feat, and she did an amazing job.”

 

Alana Bigos
Age 17, Grade 11

How do you serve your community?
I’ve been part of eight school plays including “The Laramie Project” because I love to be included in something as amazing as each performance we put on. Telling a story, live to an audience is a unique and phenomenal feeling.

Why is this an important project?
“The Laramie Project” has been especially important and amazing because of the message it brings. As one of my characters says, “We are a group of people bringing forth a message of peace and love and compassion.” Our goal was to bring emotion to our audience and erase hate.

What have you learned about your community, and how has this made you a better student?
This play has made me want to be more kind to everyone and has helped me see that our community wants to learn and grow about things like hate crimes and LGBTQ+ rights.

From theater teacher Amanda DeCarlo: Alana got cast in a very important role for this year’s show of “The Laramie Project.” She totally stepped up to the plate. She had her lines memorized quickly, did a lot of outside research on her characters and came to rehearsal every day with great ideas and ready to try new things. She has a wonderful attitude and is an extremely hard worker.”

 

Skyler Austin

Skyler didn’t respond to the Q&A by the Indy’s deadline on Tuesday, but theater teacher Amanda DeCarlo had this to say about his efforts:

“Skyler got cast in a very important and also difficult role in this years show of “The Laramie Project.” He absolutely exemplifies what it means to be a dedicated theatre kid. He had his lines memorized very quickly and was always ready to get people warmed up and ready to rehearse. Skyler understands that theatre is a community and he works hard to build that community.”