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.

2022 – 2023 Season

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Sept. 29 – Oct. 2, 2022
Nov. 17 – 20, 2022
Feb. 23 – 26, 2023
April 27 – 30, 2023

Past Productions

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

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


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.

Twenty20s Official Program (PDF)

by Mary Chase

Goppert Theatre on the Bill and Jean Buchanan Stage (with reservations, seating socially distanced, and masks required.)

Harvey Official Program (PDF)

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

The Servant of Two Masters 
by Carlo Goldini

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, The Servant of Two Masters was performed via Zoom.

Upcoming Arts Events

The Goppert Performing Arts Center

The Roderick J. & Jo Anne Cyr Grand Lobby

The Grand Lobby is at the center of it all. Pre-performance gatherings. Social functions. Informal learning. Post-performance conversations.


Goppert Performing Arts Center

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

The exterior of the Goppert Performing Arts Center in the fall

The Sue King Willcox Ph.D. Music Hall

Not only is the new choir space acoustically beautiful, the striking architecture and floor-to-ceiling windows create a truly inspired space for learning.

The Frantze Family Black Box Theatre

Nearly 2,000 square feet of performance and rehearsal space, this versatile 200-seat theatre space allows for smaller, more intimate performances.

black box stage

The Virginia C. and William D. Tompkins Rehearsal Hall

With two rehearsal spaces dance, music, tech, and theatre — each of Avila’s performing arts programs – will utilize these spaces as they prepare for the main stage.

Lone dancer rehearsing in front of mirror

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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