Theatre Productions


Goppert Theatre, Goppert Performing Arts Center
73-109 E 118th St., / 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.

2023 – 2024 Season

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Sept. 28 – Oct. 1, 2023
Nov. 16 – 19, 2023
Feb. 22 – 25, 2024
April 18 – 21, 2024

Past Productions

CLUE on Stage!
Based on the screenplay by Jonathan Lynn, written by Sandy Rustin, additional material by Hunter Foster & Eric Price

A creepy mansion. Six mysterious guests. And a dinner party with murder and blackmail on the menu. It’s a madcap murder mystery.


Avila Theatre presents a staged reading presentation to bring awareness to the issue of human trafficking and to highlight local organizations which are addressing this abuse as part of our mission of social justice and care for the Dear Neighbor.

Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare

To what extent should the government legislate sexuality? In this timely play, depravity and vice are running rampant as a sanctimonious deputy finds himself in control of enforcing the city’s old immorality laws.

She Loves Me
Book by Joe Masteroff, Music by Jerry Bock, Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick

Before Bumble, before DM, there were “pen pals”, and romance blossomed through pen and paper. In this Tony award winning best musical, a pair of pen pals fall anonymously in love on paper. When they meet in person, it’s not just romantic sparks that fly.

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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