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Avila University
2021-22 Theatre Season

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Avila University Theatre Presents:

Sylvia

Written by A.R. Gurney

Synopsis:

The kids are away at college. The wife is at work. Lonely, detached, middle-aged Greg finds a new zest for life in Sylvia, a talking canine who lavishes him with love and adoration. Sylvia comically changes these empty-nester’s lives forever in this zany, drop-dead funny play.

Guest Director

Jan Rogge, local AEA actor and member of the Kansas City Actors Theatre

Dates

  • October 7, 8, 9, & Sunday, October 10 (Homecoming Weekend)
  • Dinner theatre performance October 8 and 9. Dinner begins at 6 p.m.
  • Seating is limited. Please call 816.501.3699.
Arts at Avila

Musical Excellence

With several ensembles there are many ways to experience great choral and orchestra music. Each presentation is entirely free to the public. For information on performance dates and locations, visit Avila.edu/choral or call the Box Office at 816.501.3699.

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The Avila Singers perform inside Visitation Church
Christmas choir and orchestra concert inside Goppert Theatre
The Avila University Singers on Normandy Beach

Featured 2021-22 Musical Performances

Both performances are Free and will be held in the Goppert Performing Arts Center

“Twelve Sketches”

by Michalis Koutsoupides,
Assistant Professor and Artist-in-Residence

November 22
7:30 p.m.

“Songs for a new world”

by Jason Robert Brown

December 10
7:30 p.m.

Avila University Theatre Presents:

The Imaginary Cuckold

Written by Moliere
Translated into English by Richard Wilbur

Synopsis:

Is he with her? Or she with him? And what of the maid!?! Jealousy! Accusations! Appearances aren’t always what they seem as assumptions, suspicions, and laughter fly. And all sparked by a chance encounter which leads to an increasingly farcical—and hilarious—series of events.

Director

Matt Schwader Harbor, Director of Performance Studies and assistant professor of theatre

Dates

November 18, 19, 20, & Sunday, November 21

Kansas City celebrates the 400th birthday of the genius of comedy Jean-Baptiste Poquelin a.k.a. Molière (15 Jan. 1622-17 Feb. 1673) and the 200th anniversary of the French trading post which became Kansas City by François & Bérénice Chouteau in accord with Native nations. Imaginary Cuckold is part of KC MOliere: 400 in 2022, a city-wide, year-long festival celebrating Molier’s 400th birthday.

Avila University Theatre Presents:

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Written by Simon Stephens

Synopsis:

Compassion. Trust. Forgiveness. The play opens with a dead dog and a falsely accused teen. What happens next is a thrilling adventure to uncover the true killer as our unforgettable young hero discovers family secrets that turn his – and our – world upside down.

Director

Charlene Gould, Dean of College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and professor of Theatre

Dates

February 24, 25, 26 & Sunday, February 27

Arts at Avila

The Arts at Avila program provides members of the community a chance to witness this great art through a variety of performances.

Friends of the Arts – $75

This entitles you to two special discounted Goppert Theatre season passes and VIP passes to opening night champagne receptions. You will also be noted in Arts at Avila publications and the Avila University Donor Recognition List.

Sponsor of the Arts – $150

This entitles you to four special discounted Goppert Theatre season passes and VIP passes to opening night champagne receptions. You will also be noted in Arts at Avila publications and the Avila University Donor Recognition List.

Patron of the Arts – $300

This entitles you to eight special discounted Goppert Theatre season passes and VIP passes to opening night champagne receptions. You will also be noted in Arts at Avila publications and the Avila University Donor Recognition List.


Announcement Coming in March!

We’re measuring the minutes until we can announce our Spring musical.

We hate secrets.

But trust us, this musical is worth the wait. Get your tickets now, and look for an announcement on March 11, 2022.

You won’t be disappointed.

Ticket Information

Reserve tickets by calling the Box Office at 816.501.3699 for more information.

Evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday matinee performances begin at 2 p.m.

Season Tickets

Regular — $30
Seniors — $28

Dinner Theatre

$30

*Available for October 8-9 productions of Sylvia

Regular Tickets

Regular — $10
Seniors — $8
Non-Avila Students — $8
Avila Students — FREE

Children under 10 receive free entry at all Avila Performing Arts events

Welcome to the Goppert Performing Arts Center

Project Highlights

With its multi-level, naturally illuminated spaces and prime location on the Avila campus, the new Goppert Performing Arts Center welcomes students, patrons, and the community. There’s room for all, as our new and renovated spaces allow for multiple audiences to be entertained, educated, and inspired simultaneously.

The exterior of the Goppert Performing Arts Center in the fall

Frantze Family Black Box Theatre

The Frantze Family Black Box Theatre—with nearly 2,000 square feet of performance and rehearsal space, this versatile 200-seat theatre space allows for smaller, more intimate performances. For Avila students it’s a valuable laboratory where they will hone their craft in performance and design/technical theatre.

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.

Virginia C. and William D. Tompkins Rehearsal Hall

The Virginia C. and William D. Tompkins Rehearsal Hall is one of 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. Naming opportunity available! Contact Maggie Mohrfeld at 816.501.2435 or Maggie.Mohrfeld@avila.edu to take advantage.

Lone dancer rehearsing in front of mirror

Roderick J. & Jo Anne Cyr Grand Lobby

The Roderick J. & Jo Anne Cyr Grand Lobby is at the center of it all. Pre-performance gatherings. Social functions. Informal learning. Post-performance conversations. The Grand Lobby not only unifies the existing Goppert Theatre space with the new construction and renovations, it also reflects the sophistication and quality of programming on each stage. Bravo!

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Academic Information

What does Avila have to offer?

Avila Performing Arts provides students with a personal and participatory learning environment. We are not just talk – our integrative learning style is active, allowing students to directly apply knowledge they learn in the classroom to real world applications. Come be a part of our University and experience the best of undergraduate academic and professional educations.

Charlene Gould, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

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