The action of the play takes place in the world of mortals and in the underworld.

There will be no intermission.

February 22,23,24, at 7:30 pm
April 24,25, at 2 pm

Goppert Performing Arts Center
The Bill and Jean Buchanan Stage
Avila University
11901 Wornall Road
Kansas City, MO 64105


To reserve tickets, please get in touch with our Box Office via telephone at 816.501.3699 or email at

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

Who’s Who

Learn more about Eurydice, staff, and crew!

Director’s Notes

Sarah Ruhl’s EURYDICE is a heartrending tale that navigates the themes of love and loss. As we present this modern take on an ancient myth, our audience witnesses the poetic dance of memory and the pain of attachment against the backdrop of the underworld. The narrative centers on the reunion between Eurydice and her deceased father in the afterlife — a poignant exploration of paternal love that transcends mortal bounds. This is juxtaposed with the love she has for her young husband, Orpheus.

Our chorus of stones have been brought to life using sign language — a testament to our students’ innovation and hard work. This element not only enhances the narrative
but also engenders multisensory engagement, emphasizing that life’s experiences often transcend words. The dedication our students have invested in rehearsals, design, and construction of this piece intertwines the magical with the mortal. It is a privilege to witness their talent shaping this powerful story.

We invite you to experience the magical realism of EURYDICE as you would a moving poem—allow its rhythms and emotions to wash over you. Enjoy!


EurydiceGabby Dawn
FatherKyle Hammond
OrpheusNick Youngblood
A Nasty Interesting Man/The Lord of the UnderworldEliot Reese
Little Stone Tori Bestor
Big stone Nathan Hummell
Loud Stone Charlie Anderson
Members of Stone ChorusJazmin Havens, Roy Williams, Mariah Masterson
Richard Bertoldie, Tori Bestor,
Isabella Brauner, Miriam Gleeson, Jazmin Havens,
Emily Nunez, Lauren Taylor, Taylor Williams

Production Staff

DirectorMatt Schwader Harbor
Musical DirectorAmity Bryson
ChoreographerEmily Wirkus
Scenic DesignerTa’ja Snipes
Properties DesignersAbigail Dearing
Costume DesignerShannon Regnier
Lighting DesignerTalia Hinckley
Sound DesignerKaitlyn White
Stage ManagerEleanor Frances
Technical DirectorJohn Dylon Rohr
Assistant Stage ManagersGabriella Fast, Teagan Kimble
Associate Scenic DesignerAbigail Dearing
Assistant Lighting DesignerAbigail Dearing
Assistant Sound DesignerRichard Bertoldie
Box Office SupervisorAllie Hornbostel

Pit Orchestra

Coach Accompanist and PianoJohn Livingston
KeyboardRansom Ward
ViolinTeagan Kimble
ViolaSarah Holman
DrumsBrandon Williams

Production Crew

Scenic Change ArtistsRachel Howard, Ari Hernandez
PaintersKelsey Harms, Ta’ja Snipes,
Day Zamora, Alex Valdez
Head CarpenterDay Zamora
CarpentersRichard Bertoldie, Abigail Dearing,
Kyle Hammond, Ta’ja Snipes, Gaby Dawn,
Alex Valdez, Paris Johnson, Izaak Kimsey
CostumesTori Bestor, Miriam Gleeson, Molly Zagorski,
Isabella Brauner, Devin Donohue
Head ElectricianKyle Hammond
ElectriciansKaitlyn White, Abigail Dearing,
Miriam Gleeson, Tucker Rushing
Light Board OperatorTalia Hinckley
Sound Board OperatorKaitlyn White
Run Crew ManagerAbigail Dearing
Run CrewParis Johnson
Wardrobe ManagerSamantha Reiner
Wardrobe CrewGaby Dawn, Molly Zagorski
Production OfficeRichard Bertoldie, Gaby Dawn,
Miriam Gleeson, Ari Hernandez, Paris Johnson,
Emily Nunez, Day Zamora
House ManagerAri Hernandez
PropertiesMiriam Gleeson, Gaby Dawn,
Olivia Loren, Ju-Young Morimoto

Performing Arts Faculty

Dean of the College of Arts and SciencesDr. Darrin Smith
Chair of Performing ArtsDr. Amity Bryson
Director of Performance StudiesMatt Schwader Harbor
Director of Design and TechnologyJohn Dylon Rohr
Adjunct FacultyZeke Bocklage,
Jim Fletcher,
Hope Goertzen,
John Livingston,
Gene Mackey,
Dr. Aaron Redburn,
Shannon Smith-Regnier

Special Acknowledgments

  • Advancement Office 
  • Great Western Dining
  • Gregory’s Fine Floral
  • Maintenance and Housekeeping
  • Office of Marketing and Communication

Arts at Avila




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

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

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