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Musicals and Opera

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Carthage Fine Arts has put event protocols in place to protect the health of our guests, students, and employees. 

Nov. 19-21, 2021

“She Loves Me”

 

Showtimes:
Nov. 19-20 | 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 21 | 3 p.m.

Visual and Performing Arts Lab

“She Loves Me” by Joe Masteroff, with music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and directed by Professor Thomas Novak is the musical version of the third adaptation of the 1937 play “Parfumerie” by Miklós László.

“She Loves Me” centers around two parfumerie clerks, Georg Nowack and Amalia Balash, at a Budapest shop in the 1930s. Georg and Amalia are constantly sparring with one another, unable to see eye to eye. However, after they both respond to a “lonely hearts” advertisement in the newspaper, the pair unknowingly begin exchanging love letters, leading to a budding romance. What will happen when two feuding co-workers begin to discover the identity of secret admirers, who happen to be each other? A heart warming and intimate musical, “She Loves Me,” is a romantic comedy full of charm and elegance. With a beautiful score, endearing characters, and twists and turns, this show is sure to remind you of the magic of falling in love.

She Loves me graphic

 

Nov. 20-21, 2021

“Opera Workshop”

 

Showtimes:
Nov. 20 | 3 p.m.
Nov. 21 | 6 p.m. 

H. F. Johnson Recital Hall

The Opera Workshop 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 patter 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 music theatre student at Carthage who passed away in Dec. 2019.

Join us for the Opera Workshop in the H. F. Johnson Recital Hall.

 

jan. 27-29, 2022

“The Last Five Years”

 

Showtimes:
Jan. 27-29 | 7:30 p.m.

H. F. Johnson Recital Hall 

“The Last Five Years” with book, music, and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown and directed by Rogelio A. Castro ’22.

“The Last Five Years” is the story of Cathy Hiatt and Jamie Wellerstein, two imperfect people, trying to make sense of their failed marriage. Cathy, a struggling actress, and Jamie, a successful writer, investigate questions, doubts, and insecurities within themselves and about each other. The story unfolds from two different timelines simultaneously. Told from Jamie’s perspective chronologically, beginning just after the couple first meets, while Cathy’s story is chronicled beginning with the end of the marriage and working backward. “The Last Five Years” heartbreakingly and richly explores the complexities of falling in and out of love, and how sometimes “goodbye” is not a choice, but a necessity.

The Carthage Music Theatre Workshop presents “The Last Five Years” Jan. 27-29.

 

feb. 3-5, 2022

“Little Women”

 

Showtimes:
Feb. 3-5 | 7:30 p.m.

Studio Theatre

The beloved story of “Little Women” gets a fresh look in the musical adaptation, written by Allan Knee, with music by Jason Howland, lyrics by Mindi Dickstein, and directed by Sophie Michalski ’22. Based on the classic 1868-69 semi-autobiographical novel by Louisa May Alcott, the story follows the lives and adventures of the March family in Concord, Mass. during the American Civil War era. With the four March sisters, the meek and musical Beth, the romantic and boisterous Amy, the sweet-natured and eldest daughter Meg, and the fiery and aspiring writer Jo, as well as their loving and strong mother, Marmee, there is someone for every audience member to relate to. “Little Women” is full of hope and heartache, nostalgia, personal discovery, and unbreakable love. This timeless story is about finding your voice and will remind you that “sometimes when you dream, your dreams come true.”

The Carthage Music Theatre Workshop presents “Little Women” Feb. 3-5.

 

April 30-May 1, 2022

“Opera Workshop”

 

Showtimes:
April 20 | 3 p.m.
May 1 | 6 p.m. 

H. F. Johnson Recital Hall

The Opera Workshop 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 patter 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 music theatre student at Carthage who passed away in Dec. 2019.

Opera Workshop
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