Carly Ann Berg Carly Ann Berg
Carly Ann Berg
(Co-Director / Choreographer)

Carly has a BFA in Musical Theatre from Brenau University in the Gainesville Theatre Alliance training program. She has performed in over 70 productions including several lead roles in professional theaters, schools, and community theatres. Carly also has a strong passion for children's theatre and finds working with children to be personally rewarding. She enjoys helping children build their self confidence and talents on stage. Carly has directed or choreographed more than 60 children's theatre productions and always strives to be an excellent role model for her students.

National Performing Arts Competition
For the Holly Theatre Competition Troupe in 2008, Carly's choreography of School House Rock Live Jr. helped win 1st place at the National Performing Arts Festival in Walt Disney World, performing in the Magic Kingdom. She also won "1st Place Female Vocalist". The following year, her choreography of Footloose helped her competition team win first place again on a Bahama Cruise, as well as earning the "Best Choreography" award.

Junior Theater Festival
For the Dawson County Arts Council in 2010, Carly won the "Outstanding Choreography" award with Seussical Jr. at the Junior Theater Festival in Atlanta. Their competition team also won the "Outstanding Production" award. The following year, she was again the choreographer for DCAC's children's theatre competition team at JTF, as they performed Godspell.

Previous directing or choreography includes:
Lambert H.S., Lumpkin County H.S., Johnson H.S., North Hall H.S., Dawson County H.S., Florida Repertory Theatre, Clinton Area Showboat Theatre, Holly Children's Theatre, Dawson County Arts Council, Mill Springs Academy, Wauka Mountain Elementary

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Haden Rider
(Co-Director / Music Director)

Haden recently graduated with a degree from the University of North Georgia/Brenau University in the Gainesville Theatre Alliance training program. He has performed in many lead roles including professional, high school, and community theatres. He is also a Literary AAA State Champion (2010) for Dramatic Interpretation. However, he has a true love for children's theatre and all of the joy that it brings; not only for the kids who perform in the shows, but for his chance to invest his love of this wondrous art into the hearts and minds of young talented individuals. In his realm of past characters that he has played, it offers him the chance to BECOME the most rewarding character possible .... a teacher.

Teaching Experience
Haden is a self-employed voice instructor, acting coach, and guitar teacher. He has helped with vocal technique and music direction in past productions such as: Once On This Island Jr., Beauty and the Beast Jr., Godspell Jr., Grease, and Aladdin Jr. Haden has also co-directed in period piece plays such as The Importance of Being Earnest. In every teaching environment that Haden has the pleasure of being a part of, he is always astounded by that fact that teaching is the greatest way to learn.

Junior Theater Festival
Haden first got involved with JTF as a performer in Seussical Jr. and winning the "All-Star Cast" award. The next year, he helped his sister in music direction, music directed, and voice coaching the cast of Once On This Island Jr. Haden was also involved with Co-music directing the cast of Godspell Jr. for the Dawson County Arts Council.

Previous directing or music directing includes:
Holly Children's Theater, Lumpkin County H.S., Johnson H.S., White County H.S., Dawson County H.S., Dawson County Arts Council

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Under the direction of Haden and Carly, the Play On Players troupes have won multiple awards at annual Theater Festivals.
James And The Giant Peach at NPAF 2017
Once On This Island Jr. at JTF 2017
Guys And Dolls Jr. at JTF 2016
The Little Mermaid Jr. at JTF 2015
Seussical Jr. at JTF 2014
Honk! Jr. at JTF 2013