As a 1998 graduate of Papillion La Vista High School, Leanne Hill Carson excelled in theatre, choir, academics, and forensics. Named “Most Talented” by her senior class, she continued her theatrical studies after graduation. She attended Sam Houston State University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre, then graduated with honors from the University of Nebraska Medical Center with her Master’s Degree as a Physician Assistant.
While continuing her medical career, Carlson expresses her passion as a professional actress and singer with national, regional, and local credits. She has graced Omaha stages in numerous roles, including Pitti-Sing in Opera Omaha’s The Mikado, Mary Poppins at the Rose Theater, Meg March in Little Women the Nebraska Theatre Caravan’s production of Little Women, Elle Woods in Legally Blonde, Sara in Murder Ballad, and most recently, Belle in Beauty and The Beast at the Omaha Community Playhouse. She sang as a soloist with the Omaha Symphony in their outdoor Memorial Day concert. Leanne has even had a speaking role in the feature film Lucky, staring Colin Hanks, Ann Margaret, and Jeffrey Tambor. She has been nominated for and has won several awards including the prestigious Charles Jones award from the Omaha Community Playhouse, and most recently, the 2017 Theatre Arts Guild award for Best Actress in a Musical for her role as Sara in Murder Ballad.
Carlson is a Physician Assistant specializing in medical aesthetics. She and her husband Mark have two small children, Henry and Nora. What makes Carson truly extraordinary is that despite her packed schedule, she is gracious with her time and talent. Carson has performed at numerous student, staff, and parent functions over the years. She volunteers with her church, Christ Community Church, on the March of Dimes gala committee, and several other organizations. She continues to be involved with Papillion La Vista Community Schools, remaining good friends with her theatre teacher, Jeff Nienhueser, and has helped with Papillion La Vista South’s production of Mary Poppins and Papillion La Vista’s production of Legally Blonde.
Gala 2017 celebrates the outstanding education in Papillion La Vista Community Schools. Proceeds from Gala 2017 will support additional educational opportunities for Papillion La Vista students that otherwise would not be possible, such as 6th Grade Outdoor Education, the Elementary Arts Program, Scholarships for Graduating Seniors and more. Gala serves as an occasion to publicly recognize new Hall of Fame Distinguished Alumni, Legendary Educators, and Community Boosters.
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