He made his theatrical debut at the age of 5 in Simcoe Little Theatre’s production of The King and I, in which his own father played the King and Nathan and his brother played two of his many sons.
“I’m still teased by my family about how horrified I was when they dyed my curly blonde hair black for the production,” he says with a smile.
Carroll grew up surrounded by music. His father is the Music Director at a local church and his mother is a multi‐instrumentalist, singer and songwriter. He performed with various choirs, in the Norfolk Music Arts Festival, and as a young member of the local high school concert and jazz bands. He picked up the trumpet in Grade 4, and a few years later he began playing guitar, and writing and performing his own music.
As a teenager, Carroll immersed himself in the local community theatre scene, appearing in productions by the Young Theatre Players, Simcoe Little Theatre, and Simcoe Composite School. His decision to pursue theatre as a vocation was made after a life‐changing summer in the Performing Arts Program at Theatre Aquarius in Hamilton.
“I moved into a bachelor apartment at the age of 16, and nabbed the role of Anthony in a production of Sweeney Todd,” he says. “I was hooked.”
Carroll attended the Classical Theatre Conservatory Program at George Brown Theatre School in Toronto, where he graduated in 2010. His first big break followed immediately thereafter with a season at the Blyth Festival.
Since then, he has traveled the country, appearing in the original Canadian cast of Once with Toronto’s Mirvish Productions (2015 Dora Award for Best Production and Best Ensemble), The Wizard of Oz with Young People’s Theatre (2016 Dora Award Winner for Outstanding Ensemble – Musical Theatre Division), La Chasse Galerie with Red One Theatre Collective (2016 Dora Award Winner for Outstanding Ensemble – Independent Theatre Division), alongside many other musicals and classical works.
The role of Terry Fox speaks to Carroll personally. His paternal grandfather, Kenneth Carroll, was a cancer researcher of international prominence, who received the first PhD granted from the University of Western Ontario. Dr. Carroll also died from the disease.
As Carroll looks to the fall and the world premiere of Marathon of Hope: The Musical, he recognizes the need to start training – literally.
“I have completed three half marathons, and Terry Fox has inspired me to step up my training so I can finish a full marathon,” he says.
Terry Fox’s iconic marathon of hope ultimately covered 5,373 kilometres in 143 days – equivalent to 128 marathons. The stage production examines and celebrates the tenacity of the human spirit as it chronicles Terry’s unprecedented journey.
“What Terry did for cancer awareness is forever tied to our national identity,” says Carroll. “I am deeply honoured to be making my Drayton Entertainment debut in this exciting new musical.”