Jack Lambert came into Carthage as a pre-med student, mostly to please his parents. Still wanting to be involved with music, he auditioned for choir. “After the audition, Prof. Denee pulled me aside, told me that he thought I had promise, and that I should really consider where my passions lay.”
After two weeks of music and acting classes, talking with his freshman advisor, and a teary phone call home, Jack decided to devote himself to music theatre. With future plans of opening his own production company, he also added a minor in business administration. “I couldn’t be happier,” Jack said. “I love every class I go to. I love every opportunity that I have. I love every bit of growth that has resulted from all of my hard work. Carthage has changed my life in the greatest way possible, by turning me on to a lifelong passion I didn’t even know I had.”
“Carthage has changed my life in the greatest way possible, by turning me on to a lifelong passion I didn’t even know I had.”
“I want to perform for a while to build up my resume, connections, and reach out to people. After I am comfortable enough in what I have done, I want to use what I have learned to create a production company centered around the writing and performing new musical theatre for the middle school age group.”
How have Carthage faculty had an impact on your life or Carthage career?
“All of the professors here give me such a great education. but Corinne Ness has given me the ‘not messin’ around’ kind of instruction that I needed to really push myself further. Her passion for her work and dedication to cramming every bit of knowledge into her students is inspirational.”
“Voice lessons are my favorite class. I had never taken any before I came here, and they have completely turned my voice around. The lessons give me such self awareness of my voice. I walk out of each one with something to help push my limits even further. The repertoire that I polish and acquire in that class is not only fun, but infinitely useful.”
“I did Quidditch for a while, until my theatre schedule got in the way. I was also the founding president of the Magic the Gathering Club, but my schedule got in the way again. I try to get to as many CAB things that I can, but I’m mostly just involved in theatre groups such as Alpha Psi Omega and the Neil-Futurists.”
“My toughest class was Music Theory. That class was pure terror most of the time. I had no real ability to read music going into it and I had no idea what I was doing in the beginning. I walked in a boy, and came out a man. A man capable of arranging four part harmonies.”
Opportunities at Carthage
“Carthage has given me an environment where I can work very closely with the professors. This allows me ask questions frequently and receive hands-on assistance for whatever educational roadblock I encounter. Help is never more than a few steps away. Carthage has also given me the opportunity to perform musicals, recitals, and departmental showcases. All of these give me a great picture of where I am at, what I am doing well, and what I can do to improve.”
Favorite moments and memories at Carthage
“My favorite moment at Carthage was being the lead in Spring Awakening, the spring musical last year. It seemed like a pipe dream to a reluctant pre-med hopeful in high school to ever be in that musical. I had seen it when I was a junior in high school and I was blown away by the raw power of theatre. I remember it being the first time that I thought ‘I could get into this.’ After coming to Carthage and auditioning for a choir, I was convinced to drop the pre-med and be a music theatre major. I worked my butt off to catch up to where everyone else was with their voice and acting training. To have that moment where it all can finally pay off, and for a role that you once thought was unobtainable for you not too long ago, was the most magical feeling I’ve ever known. It left me knowing that I am on the right track, and doing what I truly love.”
Favorite spot on campus
“My favorite spot on campus is the Campbell Student Union. It’s a great atmosphere to just relax with friends during what little downtime I have.”
Biggest surprise so far
“The biggest surprise so far has been the sheer amount of progress I have made in such a short amount of time. It has awoken this part of me that is actually eager to learn. It’s a good part of thing, but sometimes insatiable and leads me to over extend myself.”
What would your 8-year-old self think of you now?
“My 8-year-old self would think, ‘I have to get into some dance classes, cause he is just a mess out there.’ I believe that I would also question why I am not a doctor because that makes so much more money. Oh, how young Jack knows so little about what’s really important.”
Why should other students consider your major? What advice do you have for them?
“Take Music Theory, Aural Skills, and Keyboarding seriously. They help you out so much more than you would believe. Acting and dance classes are just as important as voice lessons. And also practice, practice, practice! Talent and intuition only get you so far. You should always be striving for more out of any performance. Although, understand and be content with the work you do because it is where you are at the moment. Just know that there is more work to be done in the future.”