Photo by Andrew Brown ’18 | Cole Cartledge ’18 rehearses for Brophy Student Theatre’s: Punchline a Super Musical. Cole has also recently peformed in Once in a Lifetime and sings for Brophy’s Honor Chorale.
By Edwin Perez ’18
Cole Cartledge ’18 immerses himself in the Brophy fine arts program from Honor Chorale to theater.
Cartledge has been part of choir ever since freshman year. He moved to Honor Chorale in junior year and he has enjoyed his experience as a whole.
Honor Chorale sings in competitions and Masses, has opportunities to sing with the honor choir of Xavier and performs two full concerts yearly, which are Christmas and spring concerts.
When it come times to competition, the group has had success such as winning second in state.
“Honor Chorale has been an absolute pleasure to be a part of,” Cartledge said.
He said Honor Chorale has also allowed him to grow as an artist.
“It has really enabled me to move forward as a musician,” Cartledge said. “I still have a very long way to go, but I can look back and see how far I’ve come. I’ve learned team values and that sometimes you have to give more than is asked to get a job done right. I think the performances also got me used to being in front of an audience, so it was not as difficult to adjust to theater production.”
Keenan Larriva ’19 is also a member of Honor Chorale with Cartledge and has gotten to know him more personally.
“He has fun when we are in class but also he is a quiet guy around campus,” Larriva said. “He is a good singer.”
Cartledge this year has started to get into theater and said it is a very different experience than Honor Chorale.
“I always had a soft desire to get into plays, but I always did find an excuse to not try out. I finally tried out for ‘In the Heights’ at the beginning of Junior year, but I was not cast,” Cartledge said. “With some encouragement and guidance from people in the theater community at Brophy and Xavier, I tried out again and got a part in ‘Once in a Lifetime.’”
His first part was in “Once in a Lifetime,” where he played Herman Glogauer, which has lead him to a future of parts in plays to come.
“Absolutely, the experience has been unlike any other I have had. I will be in another play this semester, Brophy Student Theater’s ‘Punchline,’” Cartledge said.
Nico Pacioni ’18 is a good friend of Cartledge and is heavily involved in plays for Brophy.
“Cole is a professional, who loves to act,” Pacioni said “Even though he has told me that he doesn’t have a history of acting, it doesn’t show in the slightest, and he is a great person to work with.”