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Main Stage — Wartburg Theatre

Wartburg Theatre is located in the David A. Straz, Jr. Center. See campus map

Sept. 29-Oct. 7, 2017

Twin Set

Written by MT Cozzola
Directed by Martin McClendon

7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29
4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30
3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1
7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5
7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6
7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7

Sisters Meggy and Betty do everything together; they work together, volunteer at their church together, live together in a cute apartment, and even dress identically in meticulously planned outfits. They are happy in their routine until a former classmate, the cynical Marnie, returns to their hometown to finalize a divorce. Sympathetic to Marnie’s bad fortune, the sisters welcome her into their home and find their world turned upside down by Marnie’s untraditional ways. As Marnie becomes more involved in the sisters’ day-to-day activities, they find themselves second-guessing their way of life. Betty begins to question her past as Meggy looks toward the future. Will the two reconnect and return to their usual routine, or will they discover their lives have been irrevocably changed by Marnie’s arrival? Find out in this dark and thrilling comedy written by Chicago Dramatists resident playwright MT Cozzola.
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“Twin Set”


Nov. 3-11, 2017

Mother Courage and Her Children

Written by Bertolt Brecht
Directed by Mary MacDonald Kerr

7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3
7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4
3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5
7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10
7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11
7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12

Told over the course of 12 years, this story follows Mother Courage and her three children: the proud and bold Eilif, her eldest son; Swiss Cheese, her simple and honest son; and Kattrin, her mute but selfless daughter. Mother Courage makes her living during the Thirty Years’ War, a bloody battle between Catholics and Protestants in the crumbling Holy Roman Empire. Despite being decidedly against the war, she profits from it as she travels throughout Europe selling supplies to soldiers. However, as she finds herself traveling deeper into the war, tragedy strikes her family. Mother Courage must continue on, doing whatever it takes to survive the tribulations of her chaotic world. Considered to be one of the greatest anti-war plays of all time, this cautionary tale is deeply heartbreaking yet tragically comedic. As one of Bertolt Brecht’s greatest protests to the rise of fascism in 1930s Germany, “Mother Courage and Her Children” is a dark satire about the effect war has on the people living through it.
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“Mother Courage”


Dec. 8-10, 2017

Nimble Attitudes

Artistic Director: Stacy Pottinger

7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8
7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9
3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10

In this dynamic and intriguing production, artistic director Stacy Pottinger delivers an unprecedented compilation of dance works featuring some of Carthage’s most highly developed and skilled artists. In this investigation of technique and emotion, students express deeply complex themes using skill sets they have honed through their exploration of various techniques within the Carthage curriculum. The fall dance show is an unparalleled masterpiece, featuring guest artists  Kristina Saldarelli, Joey Hernandez, and Courtney Petrocci alongside Carthage’s very own emerging choreographers.
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“Nimble Attitudes”


March 16-24, 2018

Silent Sky

Written by Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Herschel Kruger

7:30 p.m. Friday, March 16
7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 17
3 p.m. Sunday, March 18
7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 22
7:30 p.m. Friday, March 23
7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 24

Based on the true story of 19th-century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt, “Silent Sky” explores women’s role in society and the social progress that accompanied the scientific discoveries at the turn of the century. Leavitt’s work at the Harvard University observatory is at first unnoticed, as she is placed in a women’s think tank largely discredited by the university’s male scientists. She is unable to express her ideas, and they often go ignored until claimed by a man. She is denied access to technology to further her work yet fights alongside the strong women supporting her to make her contribution known. In her free time, she works to measure the light and distance of stars, while also attempting to find balance between her work and her familial obligations, and considering the possibility of love in her future. A poignant tale of empowerment, “Silent Sky” invites audiences to experience how Leavitt and her colleagues fought to change the world’s perception of both the world around them and what lies beyond.
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“Silent Sky”


April 7-8, 2018

Away from the Mirror

Choreographed by Carthage dance students

7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 7
3 p.m. Sunday, April 8

In the annual student dance concert, Carthage’s emerging artists take advantage of the platform to develop their unique sense of self and style through dance. All pieces are student-choreographed and revolve around themes and ideas from which each student derives inspiration. Using a range of techniques and genres, students access greater artistic development that brings fresh and innovative movement to the stage. Given the creative freedom for artistic expression, student choreographers create engaging works of virtuosity.
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“Away from the Mirror”


April 27-May 5, 2018

Into the Woods

Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Directed by Neil Kristian Scharnick

7:30 p.m. Friday, April 27
7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 28
3 p.m. Sunday, April 29
7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 3
7:30 p.m. Friday, May 4
7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 5

“Into the Woods”, written by seven-time Tony Award-winning composer Stephen Sondheim, reinvents beloved fairy tales to tell a new and captivating story. The show follows a handful of characters: The Baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wants to go to the ball; Jack, who wishes he could keep his beloved pet cow, Milky White; and Little Red Riding Hood, who wants to deliver bread and sweets to her ailing grandmother. The Baker and his wife are visited by the Witch who lives next door. She reveals to them that she has placed a curse on their family, which they must reverse to have their child. Set upon their respective tasks, the characters head into the woods to achieve their goals and find their happily ever afters. Winning Tonys for Best Original Score and  Best Book of a Musical, along with the Drama Desk award for Outstanding Musical, “Into the Woods” is a spellbinding story full of heart and determination that is sure to enchant audiences from overture to final curtain.
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“Into the Woods”


  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2018), a designation given to only 25 percent of four-year schools.

    • Scheduled to open in fall 2018, a new residential tower will offer suite-style housing and two floors of shared campus spaces for gaming, cooking, group meetings, or quiet studying. Learn more about The Tower

    • You’re going to need brain fuel. Grab a morning coffee and a snack and Starbucks or Einstein Bros. Bagels. Later, meet friends at “The Caf,” where the specials change daily but the staples are constant, or swing through “The Stu” for wings, a burrito, or a sub. A new option, Carthage Cash, even covers some off-campus meals.

    • 96% of Carthage alumni report that they have secured a job or are continuing their studies six months after graduation. Visit Career Services.

    • 91% of employers say critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills matter more than your major when it comes to career success. Learn more about how the liberal arts prepare you for a successful career.

    • Lots of schools wear the four-year label. Carthage stands behind it. 95% of Carthage graduates earn their degrees in four years. Learn more

    • 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. 

    • As a freshman in the highly selective Honors Program, learn how to gain expertise in anything from music to forest ecology. After that, tackle a contemporary social, economic, or political problem. If you like, you can live on an Honors-only floor of a Carthage residence hall. 

    • In 2016, 2017 and 2018, Carthage was named a top producer of Fulbright Scholars by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

    • Things look new at Carthage because they are. Our athletic and recreation center, student union, computer labs, audiovisual production suite, and numerous residence halls have all been constructed or newly renovated in the last 10 years. Our new science center caps it off.

    • Carthage offers majors, minors and concentrations in more than 50 areas of study, from archaeology to athletic training, neuroscience to music theatre.

    • Our Summer Undergraduate Research Experience offers select students a research budget, one-on-one mentoring with a professor, and 10 weeks of analyzing, deciphering — and getting paid.

    • So the lake is kind of a focal point, but there’s a lot more to love about our campus — like the fact that our 80-acre campus is also an arboretum and wildlife sanctuary. Focused on keeping campus lush forever, we plant between 50 and 75 new trees every year from a variety of species.

    • Carthage was founded in 1847. That’s more than 170 years of leaders, makers, and go-getters going out and going forth. Read more about Carthage’s rich history.

    • More than 90 percent of our students receive financial aid, a hefty chunk of which is scholarships and grants — including $1.25 million annually from the Presidential Scholarship Competition and numerous Merit Scholarships. Learn what’s available.

    • Abraham Lincoln was an early Trustee of the College, and U.S. Secretary of State John Hay was a Carthage alum. The two still have a proud place on our campus. Spend some time with them in our Sesquicentennial Plaza. On warm days you’ll find professors leading their classes here.

    • Come to Carthage; hear yourself think — think … think …
      Legend has it that Sesquicentennial Plaza holds a perfect echo. Just stand with both your feet on the “1847,” face Straz, and start talking. “You’re the only one who can hear you, but you’ll be crystal clear,” promises English and theatre alumna Mikaley Osley.

    • Our Great Lake provides Carthage students with some amazing views. Think classes on the beach, lake views from the lab, and sunrises from your dorm room. “I love waking up in the morning with the sun shining off the lake. Nothing compares to the view in the morning,” says biology and neuroscience major Ann O’Leary.

    • Carthage awards up to 30 Presidential Scholarships each year, which range from 75% tuition up to full tuition, room, and board. Learn more.

    • For a full decade, NASA has selected Carthage students to conduct research aboard its zero-gravity aircraft. Lately, the stakes have risen. A team of underclassmen is grinding to prepare a tiny but powerful Earth-imaging satellite for launch to the International Space Station. Learn more about the space sciences at Carthage

    • Carthage is the only college or university in the Midwest where every freshman takes a full-year sequence of foundational texts of the Western intellectual tradition. Learn about the Carthage core.

    • With a student-faculty ratio of 12:1, your professors will know who you are. They will also know who you want to be — and how to get you there. Meet our faculty.

    • There are more than 120 student organizations on campus, from Amnesty International to Chemistry Club, to Frisbee and Latin Belly Dancing. See how easy it is to get involved.

    • True story: There are more than 27 art galleries, a dozen museums, and nine theatres within 25 miles of Carthage. Some highlights: The nationally recognized Racine Art Museum, the world-renowned Art Institute of Chicago, and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Learn more about our location.

    • What’s better than one professor? Two professors. What’s better than two professors? Two professors from totally different fields teaching a single class. There’s debate. Discussion. Differing perspectives. This is where the magic happens. That’s why every student takes a Carthage Symposium.

    • Imagine presenting your original research at an international conference — as an undergraduate. Carthage is dedicated to undergraduate research. Learn more about current opportunities.

    • You can’t hide here — not with only 17 other students in the classroom with you. That’s going to be rough some mornings. But later, when you’re able to argue your point of view thoughtfully, express your opinions succinctly, and meet challenges head-on, without fear … Yep, you’ll thank us.

    • Carthage is ranked No. 5 in the country for student participation in short-term study abroad. Every J-Term, hundreds of students travel all over the world on faculty-led study tours. Imagine a month in Sweden, Rome, Cuba, Senegal, India, Japan …