Lydia Haasl

Class Year

’20

Hometown

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Major(s)

Music Theatre, Theatre Performance

“My favorite Carthage memory was traveling with the cast and crew of ‘The Breath of Stars’ to the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival as a freshman. I was able to bond with my cast-mates and theatre faculty, and it was so much fun meeting theatre students from other colleges in the region.”

Lydia Haasl, ’20

Career goal

“I hope to perform but also teach and spread the love I have for theatre to the younger generations.”

How have Carthage faculty had an impact on your life or Carthage career?

“Professor John Maclay has had a huge impact on my life as an actor. I had him as a professor three times now, and each time I am pushed to be a better actor, friend, and human being.”

Favorite class

“My favorite class at Carthage has been Voice for the Stage. It has taught me so much about my most powerful and personal instrument: my voice.”

Campus involvement

“I am a part of Alpha Psi Omega, the honorary theatre fraternity on campus. I love working with my cast to better the outside community.”

Toughest class

“The toughest class I have taken at Carthage has been Aural Skills. Although I come from a musical background, to be able to hear a melody and write it out on paper was a shocking challenge. However, I am a much better musician because of it.”

Scholarships

“I received many Carthage scholarships. I received the top academic scholarship, a theatre scholarship, and a music theatre scholarship. These scholarships proved to me that I was wanted at Carthage.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“My favorite Carthage memory was traveling with the cast and crew of The Breath of Stars to the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival as a freshman. I was able to bond with my cast-mates and some theatre faculty even more, and it was so much fun meeting theatre students from other colleges in the region.”

Favorite spot on campus

“My favorite spot on campus is my dorm! After a busy day of school and rehearsal, I love to have time to myself.”

Biggest surprise so far

“The biggest surprise was how welcoming everyone in the theatre and music departments were. I was terrified coming into my first year of college but that fear immediately went away on my first day of class.”

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

“My 8-year-old self would be upset that I didn’t turn out to be a veterinarian like I had planned, but she would be very proud of all of the work I have accomplished to be where I am today.”

Why should other students consider your major? What advice do you have for them?

“Other students should consider my major because it is challenging. There is a stereotype that being any sort of fine arts major is “easy”. Every day I am challenged to work harder and become more skilled in my craft, and I love it.”

Why Carthage?

“I chose Carthage because of the warm welcome I received when I first applied. I felt like the faculty truly cared about my well-being.”