Students interested in music theatre and opera performance can take advantage of a number of performance opportunities on campus.

International Performance and Partnerships

Carthage music theatre students travel the world, to study and to perform. Whether it’s studying the roots of theatre and music in Greece, singing in Spain, performing a new work at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, or sharing music theatre performance techniques in China, Carthage students are able to explore global perspectives while developing their performance skills.

The Music Theatre and Opera Program sponsors four musicals annually, including a fall workshop musical, a J-Term musical, and a main stage musical in the Wartburg Theatre. Student-directed musicals are presented in February. The program also presents two operas annually, including a J-Term opera production and a spring chamber opera.

Students in music theatre and opera often collaborate; it is not unusual for music theatre students to be seen in the opera and for opera students to perform roles in the musical. This collaboration is a benefit to both the strength of the productions and to student development.

The Music Department also sponsors several solo and scene recitals as opportunities for students to develop performance skills. Students are encouraged to participate in Theatre Department productions, including four main stage productions, two studio productions, and two fully supported dance shows.

In addition to the opportunities listed above, students have opportunities to take on leadership roles in our acclaimed choral ensembles. Carthage’s music service fraternity, Lambda Kappa, presents frequent recitals, and students interested in improvisation can join the Merely Players improvisational comedy troupe.


Production History

  • “Last Five Years” — 2022
  • “Little Women” — 2022
  • “She Loves Me” — 2021
  • “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown” — 2021
  • “Songs For A New World” — 2021
  • “Ride The Cyclone” — 2020
  • “Kiss Me, Kate” — 2020 (canceled due to COVID-19)
  • “Sweet Charity” — 2020
  • “Made in America: A Celebration of American Opera” — 2020
  • “Sister Act” — 2019
  • “Handel Your Liquor: Excerpts from ‘The Elixir of Love’ and Opera Arias by Handel” — 2019
  • “My Real Mother” — 2019
  • “Then Give Three Cheers: A Gilbert & Sullivan Gala” — 2019
  • “From Vienna to Venice: A celebration of Mozart & Operetta” — 2019
  • “Flora the Red Menace” — 2019
  • “The Marvelous Wonderettes” — 2018
  • “The Addams Family” — 2018
  • “To Schubert!” — 2018
  • “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” — 2018
  • “Mozart’s Don Giovanni” — 2018
  • “Into the Woods” — 2018
  • “Godspell” —  2017
  • “It’s A Woman’s World” — 2017
  • “An Hour of Offenbach” — 2017
  • “The Magic of Menotti” — 2017
  • “Drood” — 2017
  • “Daddy Long Legs” — 2017
  • “Disney’s Little Mermaid” — 2017
  • “Andrew Lippa’s Wild Party” — 2016
  • “Urinetown” — 2016
  • “Heathers” — 2016
  • “Young Frankenstein” — 2016
  • “Suor Angelica” — 2016
  • “Black September” (world premiere) — 2016
  • “Le Nozze di Figaro” — 2016
  • “Side Show” — 2015
  • “Gordon” (world premiere) — 2015
  • “Il Tabarro” — 2015
  • “Man of La Mancha” — 2015
  • “Pal Joey” — 2015
  • “Ordinary Days” — 2014
  • “Evita” — 2014
  • “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” — 2014
  • “Cosi Fan Tutte” — 2014
  • “Gianni Schicchi” — 2014
  • “Chicago” — 2014
  • “Legally Blonde” — 2013
  • “Spring Awakening” — 2013
  • “Next to Normal” — 2013
  • “The Elixir of Love” — 2013
  • “A Little Night Music” — 2012
  • “The Drowsy Chaperone” — 2012
  • “No One In The World” — 2012
  • “The Marriage of Figaro” — 2012
  • “The Old Maid and the Thief” — 2011
  • “Cabaret” — 2011
  • “Urinetown” — 2011
  • “The Beggar’s Opera” — 2011
  • “See What I Wanna See” — 2010
  • “Dido and Aeneas” — 2010
  • “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” — 2010
  • “Sunday in the Park With George” — 2010
  • “Seussical” — 2010
  • “The Magic Flute” — 2010
  • “Once On This Island” — 2009
  • “Thoroughly Modern Millie” — 2009
  • “Into the Woods” — 2008
  • “Children of Eden” — 2008
  • “Pirates of Penzance” — 2008
  • “Seussical” (TYA) — 2008
  • “A Man of No Importance” — 2008
  • “Die Fledermaus” — 2007
  • “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” — 2007
  • “Amahl and the Night Visitors” — 2006
  • “The Medium” — 2006
  • “Blood Brothers” — 2006
  • “The Mikado” — 2005
  • “The Radiance of a Thousand Suns” — 2005
  • “Godspell” — 2004
  • “The Fantasticks” — 2004