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Avila University
2022-23 Theatre Season

Avila University Theatre Presents:

Clue

Based on the screenplay by Jonathan Lynn
Written by Sandy Rustin
Additional material by Hunter Foster and Eric Price

Synopsis:

A creepy mansion. Six mysterious guests. And a dinner party with murder and blackmail on the menu. It’s a madcap murder mystery. Was it Miss Scarlet in the conservatory, or did Professor Plum commit the crime with the candlestick? Based on the 1985 movie, Clue will keep you guessing as the body count and laughs stack up.

Dates

  • September 29, 30 & October 1, 2 (Homecoming Weekend)
  • Dinner theatre performance September 29 and 30. 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.

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

Featured 2022-23 Musical Performances

Both performances are Free!

“Winter Concert”

Inside the Goppert Theatre

December 9, 2022
7:30 p.m.

“Opera Scenes”

Inside the Frantze Family Black Box Theatre

May 5 and 6, 2023
7:30 p.m.

Avila University Theatre Presents:

The Walk

By Catherine Cunningham-Huston

Synopsis:

Haunting. Agonizing. Important. “The Walk” is the story of three seemingly incompatible people struggling to write a play about global sex trafficking. As the group voices their doubts, argues, and grapples with their own demons, the powerful stories of the trafficked women emerge. Avila Theatre shines a light on this important topic happening in our own communities today.

Dates

November 17, 18, 19, & Sunday, November 20

Avila University Theatre Presents:

Measure for Measure

Written by William Shakespeare

Synopsis:

To what extent should the government legislate sexuality? In this timely play, depravity and vice are running rampant as a sanctimonious deputy, Angelo, finds himself in control of enforcing the city’s old immorality laws. When devout novice, Isabella, pleads for her brother’s life, Angelo discovers that he is not above the sway of power and desire as they tip the scales of justice. “Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall” in Shakespeare’s examination of corruption and injustice.

Dates

February 23, 24, 25 & Sunday, February 26


She Loves Me

Book by Joe Masteroff
Music by Jerry Bock
Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick

Synopsis:

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. In this story, which inspired two films, “The Shop Around the Corner” and “You’ve Got Mail,” our pen pals come to realize that animosity they feel in person is nothing less than love in disguise.

dates

April 27, 28, 29 & Sunday, April 30, 2023

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 September 29 and 30 productions of Clue

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

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.

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 the 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 education.

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