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Music Theatre

Student Voices

Justice Good ’18


Barrington, Ill.


Theatre Performance and Music Theatre


Secondary Education

Favorite spot on campus

“I thoroughly enjoy any time I spend in the Wartburg Auditorium. Whether it is in rehearsal, a dance call, or helping out with our scene shop, I feel at home whenever I am in our wonderful auditorium.”

Upon being accepted to Carthage, Justice found himself in a place he considers a “perfect fit.” Carthage has helped him succeed and grow in both music theatre and education, and he is continually surprised by the opportunities he has been given here.

“The Theatre and Music departments give you a chance to shine,” Justice says. “From day one, the professors make it clear that they will help you grow, and it is very easy to see in these classes that you will make extreme amounts of progress as an actor, singer, and dancer. The professors here are extremely compassionate and give you the right tools so that you can excel in your major.”

After graduating from Carthage, Justice hopes to become an actor or a high school theatre teacher, but for now he is loving the “amazing, fun-filled, knowledgeable journey” Carthage is giving him.

Career goal

“I hope to become an actor in the film or television industry or a high school theatre teacher.”

Favorite professor

Corinne Ness has made a huge impact on my time here at Carthage. She has been a mentor, professor, judge, and much more for me. She has already inspired me to keep succeeding at Carthage.”

Favorite class

“My favorite class so far has been Education and Society. Not only did this class teach me all of the basics to becoming a teacher, but I also had a great time while learning. This class gives students the chance to learn about the basics and foundations of becoming a teacher.”

Toughest class

Western Heritage has been my toughest class. When it comes to old classic literature, I am not the first one to dive into a book head first. Even though I struggled a bit in class, my professor helped me understand my problems which, in turn, allowed me to fully understand the class material.”

Opportunities at Carthage

“In my first semester at Carthage, I was cast in our fall show, ‘Day After Night’ and with the knowledge and growth Carthage has given me, I have also been cast in our upcoming spring musical. I was also fortunate enough to experience the Christmas Festival with our Chapel Choir.”

Campus involvement

“I am involved in both Carthage Theatre and Carthage Music. I also am involved in Chapel Choir and the all-male a cappella group, Maximum Capacity.”

Favorite moments at Carthage

“Whenever I get free time, which is rare, I enjoy spending time with my Carthage friends. I love going out each weekend with them and having the time of our lives.”

Biggest surprise so far?

“I am just so grateful to have been given so many opportunities at Carthage even as a freshman. If that wasn’t surprising enough, I even managed to achieve amazing grades in my first semester!”

What would your 8-year-old self think of you now?

“I have always known that I wanted to be a actor. What I didn’t know was that Carthage would be the perfect school to give me the knowledge and opportunities to hopefully achieve that goal.”

Advice for other students considering your major

“Don’t be afraid to pick up a theatre or music major. It may seem like a lot of work in the beginning, but it is an amazing, fun-filled, knowledgeable journey that I am absolutely loving.”

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