Writer \/ Ray Compton Their personal roads to the stage at the Civic Theatre in Carmel were strikingly different. The journeys varied greatly, almost if you were to compare an eight-lane freeway in Los Angeles to a Kentucky gravel road. One attended a rural high school in Decatur County. Student enrollment was just over 300. The other graduated from a suburban high school that enlisted a few under 5,000 students. One graduated from a small, Midwestern college in a financially challenged Indiana community with less than 40,000 people. The other will be a freshman this August at an urban university in a bustling East Coast city with over 8.5 million inhabitants. Yes, Emily Lantz and Eva Bublic possess starkly opposite resumes at this junction in life. But the dynamic duo with Carmel zip codes claims one huge similarity. They were among the onstage cornerstones for the wildly successful \u201cSpamalot\u201d performance that played before repeated sellout and enthusiastic crowds at the Civic Theatre this spring. The shows capped off a remarkable season and event for the theater and its two hometown products, Lantz and Bublic. \u201cThe shows were so special,\u201d said Lantz, 27, who teaches second grade at Cherry Tree Elementary School after graduating from South Decatur High School and Anderson College. \u201cEvery night was different. When you are on stage, you play off the audience. We never had a bad crowd.\u201d The 18-year-old Bublic agreed on the report card of the \u201cSpamalot\u201d experience, which was sculpted by Monty Python. \u201cIt was cool. There was no drama with the cast, everyone was cracking jokes and the audience was always laughing,\u201d said Bublic, who graduated from Carmel High School in June and is now ticketed for Marymount Manhattan College in New York City. \u201cIt was a great experience.\u201d Acting, dancing, singing and playing the piano have been major parts of Bublic\u2019s life since she was three years old and living in St. Joseph, Michigan. When father Dan (an executive with Finish Line) and mother Kathy relocated to Carmel, the focus on arts increased for Eva, who also does modeling. \u201cShe has a great passion for musical theater,\u201d said mother, who noted that neither parent has an acting background. \u201cWe don\u2019t know how she got that passion, but both of us believe that every child needs to find a passion and go for it.\u201d Eva has raced for her passion since journeying to Broadway 10 years ago. \u201cAs often as we can, we go see a Broadway show,\u201d said Kathy, whose son, Alex, plays center snare for the Carmel High School Marching Band. As a budding stage star, Eva has performed in local productions of \u201cHair\u201d and \u201cTarzan.\u201d She also has taken voice lessons for several years and has studied ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical, modern, hip-hop and ballroom dancing. Some of those vehicles were called upon during her performance as the Second Lovely Lady in \u201cSpamalot.\u201d Eva also has attended prestigious theater summer camps at Martha\u2019s Vineyard. This summer, she appeared in a major motion picture in Atlanta. But the next big stage test will be studying at the lauded Marymount Manhattan College which has launched numerous stage and film stars. \u201cI am nervous but in a good way,\u201d said Eva. \u201cI am anxious to live in New York.\u201d Regarding nerves, mother admits she had a few moments of anxiety when \u201cSpamalot\u201d played at the Civic. She went to four of the performances and held her breath more than once. In the end, there was no need for nervousness. Daughter was flawless. \u201cWe were so pleased with her performances,\u201d said Kathy. \u201cShe has always been committed, attending summer camps and maybe giving up some things with her friends. She has enjoyed her passions so much.\u201d For Lantz, the passion for theater arrived at a later moment in life. She did some acting in high school but stayed off the stage at Anderson. Only recently, Emily rediscovered his acting and dancing skills while performing in plays such as \u201cMoon Over Buffalo,\u201d \u201cSteel Magnolias,\u201d \u201cPippin,\u201d \u201cA Chorus Line\u201d and \u201cGuys and Dolls.\u201d Her love for the stage exploded when she was one of five Laker Girls in \u201cSpamalot.\u201d Lantz admits she has been challenged at times when juggling an elementary teaching position at Cherry Tree and surviving a grueling two-month rehearsal stretch for \u201cSpamalot.\u201d Days would start at 7:30 a.m. and conclude at 9:30 p.m. \u201cIt was very busy,\u201d admitted Lantz, whose husband Brad is a first-grade teacher at Cherry Tree and the baseball coach at Guerin Catholic. \u201cBut both are passions of mine.\u201d And the performances served as a solid physical workout. \u201cYou were singing and dancing every night,\u201d she recalled. \u201cIt was a serious workout.\u201d She fondly recalls a near wardrobe malfunction as a Laker Girl. Indeed, embarrassment was knocking at the door while on stage. \u201cA zipper split on one of my tops one night,\u201d she confessed. \u201cAll I had was a little hook. I was afraid my top would come apart.\u201d What\u2019s next for Lantz on the stage? \u201cYou have to be realistic,\u201d she said. \u201cIn Indiana, there is not a lot of money in acting, and I don\u2019t have formal training. I\u2019m not moving to New York. But I enjoy doing the theatre.\u201d Emily will have a part in a small, independent movie which will be filmed in Bloomington this summer. She also has her eyes on auditioning for \u201cMary Poppins\u201d and \u201cFiddler on the Roof\u201d during the 2015-16 schedule at the Civic. Of course, there will a new year at Cherry Tree in August. \u201cI love it there,\u201d she said. \u201cThey are so supportive, and you have everything you need to be successful.\u201d And success seems to shadow both of the Carmel actresses.