Theatre Productions


Goppert Theatre, Goppert Performing Arts Center
11901 Wornall Road / Kansas City, MO 64145

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Five Decades of Memorable Performances

The jewel of the Goppert Performing Arts Center is the Goppert Theatre. Built in 1974, the theatre is named after Vita Goppert ’72, the “First Lady” of Avila. The Bill and Jean ’76 Buchanan Stage is home to four student theatrical productions a year, plus choir and orchestra concerts, lectures, and workshops, Goppert Theatre is also a popular venue for other theatre troupes, including a long-time relationship with Theatre for Young America.

2020 – 2021 Season

Book by Roger O. Hirson and Music & Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz

April 22-24 at 7:30 pm
April 25 at 2 pm

Live theatre under the open sky (with reservations, seating socially distanced, and masks required). This performance of Pippin will be held outside on a stage built in the heart of the Avila campus.

Reserve your tickets: email or call 816.501.3699

Past Events

by Mary Chase

October 8-10 at 7:30 pm
October 11 at 2 pm

Goppert Theatre on the Bill and Jean Buchanan Stage (with reservations, seating socially distanced, and masks required. The format may be subject to change.)

Harvey Official Program (PDF)


An original devised play about life as a 20-something in 2020, by Avila University theatre majors under the direction of Professor Matt Schwader Harbor.

November 19-21 at 7:00 pm
November 22 at 2 pm

Live streaming via Zoom. You will need to reserve a ticket at to receive the Zoom invitation/link.

Twenty20s Official Program (PDF)

Poster image for production of 'The Servant of Two Masters'

The Servant of Two Masters 
by Carlo Goldini

February 25-27 at 7:30 pm
February 28 at 2 pm

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, The Servant of Two Masters will be performed via Zoom. Contact for link information.

Upcoming Arts Events

The Goppert Performing Arts Center

Grand Lobby

An architectural rendering of the new Grand Lobby as seen from atop the grand staircase.

Goppert performing arts center lobby from the top floor

Goppert Performing Arts Center

The new “front door” to Avila’s campus.

The exterior of the Goppert Performing Arts Center in the fall

Choir Rehearsal Space

A fabulous new choir space with floor-to-ceiling north-facing windows.

rendering of the choir room in the goppert performing arts center

The Grand Lobby

Entering the Goppert Performing Arts Center for performances, visitors will be welcomed by an airy, two-story lobby and grand staircase.

rendering of the grand lobby of the goppert performing arts center

Arts Community

More than 19% of all Avila undergraduates are involved with the performing arts on campus in some manner (and that’s not counting all of the students who attend performances). Add in all of the faculty, staff, and the thousands from the Kansas City community who walk through the Goppert Performing Arts doors, and it’s easy to see that Avila University is truly at the center of the arts scene in south KC.

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