2023-24 Musical Theatre Season

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Sep. 29-Oct. 1, Oct. 5-7, 2023

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Directed by Martin McClendon
Music Direction by Matthew Hougland

Sep. 29, Oct. 5-7 | 7:30 p.m.
Sep. 30, Oct. 1 | 3 p.m.

Wartburg Theatre

Carrie White is a teenage outcast who longs to fit in. At school, she’s bullied by the popular crowd, and virtually invisible to everyone else. At home, she’s dominated by her loving but cruelly controlling mother. What none of them know is that Carrie’s just discovered she’s got a special power, and if pushed too far, she’s not afraid to use it.

Oct. 3, 2023

Meet the Masters Meet the Masters

Oct. 3 | 7:30 p.m.

Campbell Student Union Auditorium

Each year the Master of Music Theatre Vocal Pedagogy graduate students perform a concert to introduce themselves and their art to Carthage. From Broadway classics to pop hits, the graduate students will showcase their versatility in a variety of genres. Under the direction of Professor Corinne Ness, the M.M. program is a 10-month track to a degree that helps graduate students master the art of musical theatre. Performers from all over the world learn how to transfer their professional and artistic experiences onto the next generation through developing their pedagogical technique. This concert will be an amazing first look at all the work these students have ahead of them, and it is not to be missed. Meet the Masters will be an evening of true talent and joy. Any and all music or theatre lovers will feel right at home!

Nov. 11, 2023; April 21, 2024

Opera Workshop Opera Workshop

Nov. 11 | 7:30 p.m.
April 21, 2 p.m.

H. F. Johnson Recital Hall

Opera has a long tradition in Carthage’s Music Department, and students have collaborated with faculty directors such as Professor Greg Berg and Allison Hull, adjunct faculty of music, on a wide range of operatic repertoire, such as Gilbert and Sullivan’s comedic pieces, Mozart’s classic operettas, Franz Schubert’s art songs, and Offenbach’s soaring melodic works. In the past, the Opera Workshop has also debuted original pieces composed by faculty members, namely Prof. Berg. His full-length opera “Black September” debuted in 2016, and his one-act opera “Birds of a Feather: A Magic Flute Sequel” premiered in Jan. 2020 to honor the life and legacy of Ray Watson, a musical theatre student at Carthage who passed away in Dec. 2019. Most recently, the Opera Workshop premiered Prof. Berg’s latest one-act opera “Woman and Children: a Story of Titanic Survivors” in Nov. 2021.

April 26-28, May 2-4, 2024

?Nine: The Musical? Poster ‘Nine: The Musical’

Directed by Neil Scharnick
Music Direction by Matthew Hougland

April 26-27, May 2-4 | 7:30 p.m.
April 28 | 3 p.m.

Wartburg Theatre

World-famous filmmaker Guido Contini is a wreck. Up against a deadline and out of ideas, Guido’s attention is torn between his wife, his mistress, and the star he needs to make a great movie. As he attempts to flee from the pressure in Venice, Guido has to look to the past for answers—and to the women who guided and molded him throughout his life.