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2023-24 Theatre Season

Avila University Theatre Presents:

Hay Fever

by Noel Coward


In Noel Coward’s comedic gem, Hay Fever, Familial chaos takes center stage as the Bliss family indulges in their eccentricities with a theatrical flair. As unsuspecting guests arrive at their country estate, they are swept into a whirlwind of over the top performances and absurd miscommunications. Presented during homecoming weekend, the uproarious play captures the spirit of returning to the Avila “family” with all the unforgettable quirks, laughter, and unexpected twists that make coming “home” truly special.


  • September 28, 29 & 30 at 7:30p.m. & Sunday, October 1 at 2p.m. (Homecoming Weekend)
  • Dinner theatre performances are on September 29 & 30 for $35.
    Dinner begins at 6 p.m. Seating is limited. Please call 816.501.3699 for reservations.
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

Winter Choral Concert

Goppert Performing Arts Center
Bill and Jean Buchanan Stage

December 1, 2023
7:30 p.m.

Avila University Theatre Presents:

The Laramie Project

by Moises Kaufman and the members of Tectonic Theater Project


2023 marks the 25th anniversary of Matthew Shepard’s tragic death, we proudly present “The Laramie Project”. Through a series of interviews and testimonies, it chronicles the aftermath of Shepard’s brutal murder, shedding light on hate, prejudice, and the urgent need for compassion. As we present this impactful production, we wholeheartedly embrace the values which lie at the core of Avila University’s mission of inclusivity, understanding, peace, and service to the Dear Neighbor.


Presented in the Frantze Family Black Box Theatre in the Goppert Performing Arts Center
November 16, 17, & 18, at 7:30p.m. & Sunday November 19 at 2p.m.

Avila University Theatre Presents:


by Sarah Ruhl


With a sprinkle of wit and a dash of ethereal charm, Eurydice invites us on a surreal journey where stones can speak, water rains upwards, and the boundaries between life and death blur in a delightfully enchanting dance of words and imagination. As the mythological character Eurydice descends into the depths of the underworld, decorated American playwright Sarah Ruhl masterfully crafts a magical tapestry of love, loss, and the power of memory.


February 22, 23, 24 & 25 at 7:30p.m.
Saturday, February 25 and Sunday, February 25 at 2p.m.

First Date

Book by Austin Winsberg
Music and Lyrics by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner


Prepare to embark on a universally relatable journey in the uproarious musical, First Date. This sidesplitting show hilariously captures the essence of that nerve-wracking moment when two strangers come together, brimming with anticipation and uncertainty. with witty banter and comedic flair, the play immerses us in a world of hilarious miscommunication, awkward encounters, and unexpected surprises.


April 18, 19, & 20 at 7:30 p.m. & Sunday, April 21, 2024 at 2 p.m.

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


*Available for September 29 and 30 productions of Hay Fever

Individual Tickets

Individual & Alumni — $10
Seniors — $8
Non-Avila Students — $8
Avila Students — FREE

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

Support the Arts at Avila

The Arts at Avila membership program provides members of the community a chance to witness great art through a variety of performances and exhibits, and an opportunity to support the programs and students that inspire them.

All funds raised through Arts at Avila membership directly support art programs at the University. We invite you to support our students in pursuing their dreams.

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