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Music Theatre

Student Voices

Cassidy Skorija ’19


Crystal Lake, Illinois


Music Theatre

Favorite spot on campus

“My favorite spot on campus is either the Oaks Hall lounges or the Wartburg Theatre. I have made many memories hanging out with friends and watching movies in the Oaks lounges, and I love all the beautiful art that is made in Wartburg, whether I am on stage or sitting in the audience.”

Cassidy Skorija ’19 chose Carthage for a few reasons. “It was the sense of community and the individual attention I could receive here,” she said. “In the small school setting, I get to know my professors, and I have made friendships that will last a lifetime.”

Now here, she is pursuing her lifelong dream of performing.

“The music theatre emphasis at Carthage is unique in that it incorporates vital courses from both the music and theatre departments, and allows us to take an active role in both. The professors are extremely supportive, and you can really tailor your path to suit your individual needs.”

Career goal

“After I graduate, I’m hoping to go out and audition and continue to find creative ways to share my passion with the world. I’m not totally sure where my path will lead, but I’m excited to see what the future holds!”

Favorite class

“My favorite class so far has been Acting I: Fundamentals of Acting (For Majors and Minors) (THR 2110) with Prof. John Maclay. It helped me out of my comfort zone and helped me to approach scenes and characters in a different way. Everyone in the class was very supportive, and we were all able to take risks and grow together.”

Toughest class

“The hardest class I have taken at Carthage so far was definitely Aural Skills (MUS 1020). It was a skill I had never developed before and the professors really push us to strive for excellence. Luckily, they were readily available if you ever needed help!”

Opportunities at Carthage

“I had the incredible opportunity to travel to China with a group of other music theatre students to perform and help Prof. Corinne Ness teach clinics there. We performed Seussical and a cabaret at conservatories in Shanghai, Xi’an, and Beijing. I also recently performed as Doralice in Marriage à la Mode. I really enjoyed working with the restoration era language and incorporating music into the 1930s jazz theme!”


“I am a Lincoln Scholar and am eternally grateful for all the wonderful things I have been able to do because of it. Having financial stability during college is a blessing that many college students do not receive and I feel so lucky to take advantage of all the opportunities Carthage has to offer.”

Campus involvement

“I am a member of Lambda Kappa, the honorary music fraternity on campus. I love being able to use my love of music to help the community.”

Favorite moments at Carthage

“One of my favorite Carthage memories was performing in the APO production of the Nature Crown. I wrote the music for a song in the show, and the moment when the whole cast came together singing the song was so magical for me.”

Biggest surprise so far?

“So far, the biggest surprise for me has been how difficult it is to manage my time. There are so many interesting classes and organizations available that I have to really work to make sure that I stay on top of everything.”

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

“I think my 8-year-old self would be proud that I was performing. I’ve always loved to sing and act, and I feel very lucky to be supported in pursuing a lifelong dream.”

Advice for other students considering your major

“If you love this and are willing to dedicate the time and effort it takes to be successful, then don’t let any doubts stop you. You owe it to yourself to at least give it a try!”

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