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Music Theatre

Performance Opportunities

Students interested in music theatre and opera performance can take advantage of a number of performance opportunities on campus.

The Music Theatre and Opera Program sponsors four musicals annually, including a fall workshop musical, a J-Term musical, and a main stage musical in Wartburg Auditorium. Student-directed musicals are presented in February. The program also presents two operas annually, including a J-Term opera production and a spring chamber opera.

Students in music theatre and opera often collaborate; it is not unusual for music theatre students to be seen in the opera and for opera students to perform roles in the musical. This collaboration is a benefit to both the strength of the productions and to student development.

The Music Department also sponsors several solo and scene recitals as opportunities for students to develop performance skills. Students are encouraged to participate in Theatre Department productions, including four main stage productions, two studio productions, and two fully supported dance shows.

In addition to the opportunities listed above, students have opportunities to take on leadership roles in our acclaimed choral ensembles. Carthage’s music service fraternity, Lambda Kappa, presents frequent recitals, and students interested in improvisation can join the Merely Players improvisational comedy troupe.

Production History

  • “Kiss Me, Kate” — Carthage Main Stage Production, 2020 (canceled due to COVID-19)
  • “Sweet Charity” — Carthage Music Theatre Workshop, 2020
  • “Made in American: A Celebration of American Opera” — Carthage Opera Workshop, 2020 
  • “Sister Act” — Carthage Music Theatre Workshop, 2019
  • “Handel Your Liquor: Excerpts from ‘The Elixir of Love’ and Opera Arias by Handel” — Carthage Opera Workshop, 2019
  • “My Real Mother” — Carthage Music Theatre Workshop, 2019
  • “Then Give Three Cheers: A Gilbert & Sullivan Gala” — Carthage Opera Workshop, 2019
  • “From Vienna to Venice: A celebration of Mozart & Operetta” — Carthage Opera Workshop, 2019
  • “Flora the Red Menace” — Carthage Main Stage Production, 2019
  • “The Marvelous Wonderettes” — Carthage Music Theatre Workshop, 2018
  • “The Addams Family” — Carthage Music Theatre Workshop, 2018
  • “To Schubert!” — Carthage Opera Workshop, 2018
  • “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” — Carthage Music Theatre Workshop, 2018
  • “Mozart’s Don Giovanni” — Carthage Opera Workshop, 2018
  • “Into the Woods” — Carthage Main Stage Production, 2018
  • “Godspell” — Carthage Music Theatre Workshop, 2017
  • “It’s A Woman’s World” — Carthage Music Theatre Workshop, 2017
  • “An Hour of Offenbach” — Carthage Opera Workshop, 2017
  • “The Magic of Menotti” — Carthage Opera Workshop, 2017
  • “Drood” — Carthage Main Stage Production, 2017
  • “Daddy Long Legs” — Carthage Music Theatre Workshop, 2017
  • “Disney’s Little Mermaid” — Carthage Music Theatre Workshop, 2017
  • “Andrew Lippa’s Wild Party” — Carthage Music Theatre Workshop, 2016
  • “Urinetown” — Carthage Main Stage Production, 2016
  • “Heathers” — Carthage Music Theatre Workshop, 2016
  • “Young Frankenstein” — Carthage Music Theatre Workshop, 2016
  • “Suor Angelica” — Carthage Opera Workshop, 2016
  • “Black September” (world premier) — Carthage Opera Workshop, 2016
  • “Le Nozze di Figaro” — Carthage Opera Workshop, 2016
  • “Side Show” — Carthage Music Theatre Workshop, 2015
  • “Gordon” (world premiere) — Carthage Workshop Production, 2015
  • “Il Tabarro” — Carthage Opera Production, 2015
  • “Man of La Mancha” — Carthage Main Stage Production, 2015
  • “Pal Joey” — Carthage Workshop Production, 2015
  • “Ordinary Days” — Carthage Workshop Production, 2014
  • “Evita” — Carthage Workshop Production, 2014
  • “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” — Carthage Main Stage Production, 2014
  • “Cosi Fan Tutte” — Opera Production, 2014
  • “Gianni Schicchi” — Opera Production, 2014
  • “Chicago” — Music Theatre Workshop Production, 2014
  • “Legally Blonde” — Music Theatre Production, 2013
  • “Spring Awakening” — Carthage Main Stage Production, 2013
  • “Next to Normal” — Carthage Workshop Production, 2013
  • “The Elixir of Love” — Carthage Opera Production, 2013
  • “A Little Night Music” — Carthage Workshop Production, 2012
  • “The Drowsy Chaperone” — Carthage Main Stage Production, 2012
  • “No One In The World” — Carthage Workshop Production, 2012
  • “The Marriage of Figaro” — Carthage Opera Production, 2012
  • “The Old Maid and the Thief” — Carthage Workshop Production, 2011
  • “Cabaret” — Carthage Main Stage Production, 2011
  • “Urinetown” — Carthage Workshop Production, 2011
  • “The Beggar’s Opera” — Carthage Opera Production, 2011
  • “See What I Wanna See” — Carthage Workshop Production 2010
  • “Dido and Aeneas” — Opera Production, 2010
  • “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” — Music Theatre Workshop, 2010
  • “Sunday in the Park With George” — Mainstage musical, 2010
  • “Seussical” — Music Theatre Workshop, 2010
  • “The Magic Flute” — Opera Production, 2010
  • “Once On This Island” — Music Theatre Workshop, 2009
  • “Thoroughly Modern Millie” — Carthage Main Stage, 2009
  • “Into the Woods” — Carthage Workshop Production, 2008
  • “Children of Eden” — Carthage Main Stage, 2008
  • “Pirates of Penzance” — Carthage Opera Workshop, 2008
  • “Seussical” (TYA) — Carthage Workshop Production, 2008
  • “A Man of No Importance” — Carthage Workshop Production, 2008
  • “Die Fledermaus” — Carthage Opera Production, 2007
  • “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” — Carthage Main Stage, 2007
  • “Amahl and the Night Visitors” — Carthage Opera Production, 2006
  • “The Medium” — Carthage Opera Production, 2006
  • “Blood Brothers” — Carthage Main Stage, 2006
  • “The Mikado” — Carthage Main Stage, 2005
  • “The Radiance of a Thousand Suns” — Carthage Main Stage, 2005
  • “Godspell” — Music Theatre Workshop, 2004
  • “The Fantasticks” — Carthage Main Stage, 2004
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