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Fine Arts at Carthage

The View from an Artist

Take a behind-the-scenes look at the lives and minds of Carthage artists and visiting performers.


  • Using Jamulus for music rehearsal.

    As the Wind Orchestra begins their rehearsal, Caitlyn Meyer ’21 raises her saxophone and begins playing. She continues playing with the Wind Orchestra as Dr. James Ripley guides the ensemble through each piece, perfecting each section. The orchestra may work on blending instrumental sections, refining their musical phrases, or reinforcing stylistic techniques.  When the rehearsal ends, Meyer ’21 puts down her instrument and closes her computer. Meyer ’21 is a remote student and through the hard work of multiple Carthage faculty members, is able to continue rehearsing with the Wind Orchestra through Jamulus.

  • Marcella Kearns

    Director of award winning production, Mockingbird, Marcella Kearns is an adjunct instructor of theatre at Carthage. She works at First Stage in Milwaukee as a theatre coach and educator for children and is Associate Artistic Director at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre. Impressively, she has recently won Director of Play of the Decade, Production of a Play of a Decade and the lead actor, Alex Salter, won Performer of a Decade for her play, Mockingbird at the 2020 BroadwayWorld Milwaukee Awards, a production she adapted by playwright Julie Jensen from a novel by Kathryn Erskine.

  • Ella Spoelstra ’21

    The weekend of February 19-21 is the cumulative product of over a year of planning, working, and dreaming. When I first saw Eurydice, written by Sarah Ruhl back in 2017, it was the first time I ever saw a show and did not think about which character I would want to play. Instead I thought to myself, “I want to direct this”. I think the reason I fell in love with this show was because it does not shy away from the messiness of grief. I think not just theatre, but society avoids talking about grief, even though it is something each and every one of us face. And more importantly, this show and life has taught me that we do not only experience grief in relation to death. We also grieve the loss of relationships, of dreams and future plans, and of losing the life you thought was yours.

  • Dr. James Ripley

    The Carthage College Music Department has been hard at work this academic year providing the best musical experience for its students. It has adapted its ensemble rehearsals, private lessons, and even its student recitals to ensure that all students will have the opportunity to learn and grow as musicians. As the semester continues on, we reflect on the past semester and look forward to the future with Dr. James Ripley. 

  • Ella Spoelstra ’21

    The beautiful thing about having a theatre degree, especially from a liberal arts college, is that there have been plenty of people who have gone on to work in fields outside of theatre and found great success and contentment in their careers.