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Current Season

Dec. 7-9, 2018


Artistic Director: Stacy Pottinger

7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7
7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8
3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9

In the annual fall dance show, Artistic Director and Carthage Dance Program head Stacy Pottinger delivers a compelling production featuring rich and thoughtful pieces in a variety of styles. In this investigation of technique and emotion, students express deeply complex themes utilizing skill sets they have honed within their exploration of various techniques within the Carthage curriculum. The production showcases work by some of Carthage’s most talented and experienced dancers, and is built on the dedication and passion of both dancers and choreographers. With its commitment to artistry,Resonate” is sure to be a feat of technical and creative brilliance.



March 22-30, 2019

Marie Antoinette

Directed by Herschel Kruger
Written by David Adjmi

7:30 p.m. Friday, March 22
7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 23
3 p.m. Sunday, March 24
7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 28
7:30 p.m. Friday, March 29
7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 30

In this contemporary twist on a historic tale, Whiting Award winning-playwright David Adjmi crafts an absurdist tragicomedy about the life and times of infamous royal and icon of lavish living, Marie Antoinette. The play begins in the heart of France’s love affair with their young queen; she is beautiful, stylish, and lives extravagantly. This love affair quickly sours as the French Revolution looms, and the young royal, once celebrated for her indulgent lifestyle, is now the center of vicious political and personal attacks. Adjmi explores society’s obsession with the distraction of celebrity through the lens of Antoinette, both as a style icon and as a controversial political figure. With the luxurious world of late 18th century France juxtaposed with a decidedly contemporary flair, “Marie Antoinette” provides new perspective on the superficiality of fame.

“Marie Antoinette”


April 26-May 4, 2019

Flora the Red Menace

Directed by Neil Kristian Scharnick
Music direction by Jeremy Ryan Mossman
Music by John Kander
Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Book by George Abbott and Robert Russell

7:30 p.m. Friday, April 26
7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27
3 p.m. Sunday, April 28
7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 2
7:30 p.m. Friday, May 3
7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4

From the artistic team that brought you the Broadway hit “Cabaret” comes Kander and Ebb’s “Flora the Red Menace.”  At the height of the Great Depression, headstrong future fashion designer Flora Mezaros desperately searches for employment, applying for jobs at different department stores in New York until she finds herself at Garrett and Mellick’s. There she meets the handsome, but shy, Harry Toukarian, a young artist and member of the Communist Party. Flora’s world is looking up as she gets the job at Garrett and Mellick’s, and realizes she is falling in love with Harry. But now Flora finds herself torn between her career and her commitment to Harry and his cause. Will she be able to balance both sides of her life, or will she ultimately have to choose? Find out in this 1965 treasure by iconic musical theatre duo John Kander and Fred Ebb.

“Flora and the Red Menace”


May 10-11, 2019

Away from the Mirror

Choreographed by dance students

7:30 p.m. Friday, May 10
7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 11

In our annual student dance concert, Carthage’s emerging artists are provided the platform to develop their unique sense of self and style through dance. All pieces are student choreographed, and revolve around the themes that speak to individuals members of the Carthage dance program. Using a range of techniques and genres, students access greater artistic development, bringing their unique perspective to the Carthage stage. Given the creative freedom for artistic expression, student choreographers create engaging works of virtuosity.

Away from the Mirror


Studio Series

The Studio Series consists of student-led shows in the Studio Theatre. The Studio Theatre is located on the lower level of the David A. Straz Center. Studio Series productions are free and open to the public, however tickets are required for all ages. Please visit 24/7 or call the Fine Arts Box Office, 262-551-6661, Tuesday to Friday, noon to 5 p.m.

Oct. 19-21, 2018

The Taming

Directed by Mitch Weindorf ’13
Written by Lauren Gunderson

7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19
7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20
3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21

Based on Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew,” this raucous political satire combines an ambitious beauty queen, an ultra-conservative senator’s aide, and a liberal blogger in an all-female power play that examines political unrest, beauty pageants, and what it means to be an American in the modern world. Katherine is an ambitious pageant queen with colossal plans to revolutionize the American government. The only two things standing in her way are an ultra-conservative aide on the cusp of a career breakthrough and a bleeding-heart liberal unwilling to be swayed. Between clashing views and an unexpected trip through the ether to Revolution-era America, the three women discover they may not be as different as they seem. Fraught with comedic explorations of political extremism and an obstructionist patriarchy, “The Taming” is a civic stunner not to be missed!

“The Taming”


April 4-6, 2019

God of Carnage

Directed by Ben Braun ’19
Written by Yasmina Reza

7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 4
7:30 p.m. Friday, April 5
7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 6

This insightful satire, written in Reza’s incendiary style, is an exploration of what happens when people’s deepest flaws come to light in tumultuous ways. The show follows two couples who meet up to discuss a disagreement between their respective children. The evening begins in a civil fashion, with each couple regarding one another with respect and dignity over the events that have transpired between their children. However, the night quickly descends into chaos as tempers flare and the couples struggle to find common ground. Bringing to the stage themes of racism, judgment, social status, and more, “God of Carnage” is a sharp and cunning drama that will keep audiences on the edge of their seats.


“God of Carnage”
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    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2019), a designation given to only 25 percent of four-year schools.

    • The Tower, Carthage’s newest residence hall, provides some of the best views on campus — if not in the Midwest! In addition to #carthageviews of the lake from seven stories up, residents enjoy suite-style living and two floors of shared campus spaces for gaming, cooking, group meetings, or quiet studying. Learn more about all housing options.

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    • Oscars. Emmys. Tonys. Golden Globes. The playwrights we’ve brought in have them. Each year, the Carthage Theatre Department commissions an original script by a renowned playwright for its New Play Initiative. Carthage students then work with the writer to stage it. 

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