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Doubt: A Parable by John Patrick Shanley

Coming to Calvary University this fall—the most controversial, challenging, and thought-provoking play in the history of CU Theatre Arts. Doubt, by John Patrick Shanley, is a play with only four characters, but each is integrally linked to the power of this parable, providing our cast and audience with some of the best substance contemporary dramatic literature has to offer.

The year is 1964; the action of the play: St. Nicholas Catholic school and parish in the Bronx. Here you’ll become acquainted with neophyte 8 th grade teacher Sister James, whose love for children and teaching is about to encounter the heat of a moral crucible. Meet Father Flynn, the charismatic, well-loved, and progressive parish priest whose calling to shepherd his flock will be called into question so fiercely he may lose both his career and his freedom. Enter Sister Aloysius, Father Flynn’s nemesis and the tenaciously fierce, rigid, and tormented principal of St. Nicholas School. And finally, we introduce Mrs. Muller, the mother of the first African American boy to integrate St. Nicholas as she is confronted with the possibility that her son is being sexually abused by its priest.

Written in 2004, this Pulitzer prize, Tony Award winning production continues to speak to our culture. In the fifteen years since this production began asking the questions it probes, sexual abuse continues to be rampant not only in Catholic schools, but in the entertainment industry, news casting, Evangelical Christian universities, and in our homes and families.

We invite you to become a part of the solution! Pre-show talks focusing on the context of the play and its potentially triggering subject of sexual abuse will be held at the times listed below during all performances. Licensed practical
therapists, biblical counselors, and literature will be available along with dramaturgical context as we discuss these important issues. The focus during the talkbacks following each performance will touch on the themes of the play. These talks will involve director, cast, crew, dramaturgs, theologians, faculty, and counselors during what we hope will be an animated discussion. We would welcome you to join us for a sensitive examination of the themes of this production.

Thursday, 10/24
–  10:20 a.m.-10:50 a.m. Pre-show talk
–  12:30 p.m.-1:00 p.m. Talkback
Friday 10/25 and Saturday 10/26
–  6: 50 p.m.-7:20 p.m. Pre-show talk
–  9:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Talkback
Sunday 10/27
–  1:20 p.m.-1:50 p.m. Pre-show talk
–  3:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Talkback

Due to the sensitive subject matter, we recommend this production to an audience of those twelve and up.

Matinee performances on October 24 at 11:00 a.m. and October 27 at 2:00 p.m.

Evening performances on October 25 and 26 at 7:30 p.m.

For ticket information, please click here to visit our Box Office.

Senior Theatre Capstone: Tori Roberts

Esther-Vescent

Adapted by Tori Roberts from the Book of Esther

Tori has earned herself the title of Queen Punster of Calvary University, and her Capstone Project title hearkens back to that distinguished occupation. In what could pan out to be the most unique Capstone in CU Theatre history, Tori will present the story of a young, gutsy Jewish woman putting her life on the line for her people through the use of animatic, storyboard designs. The storyboards will be paired with recorded voice acting, illustrating the pre-visualization phase of a developing animated movie.

Join Vashti, King Xerxes, Mordecai, Haman, Queen Esther, and Tori in an effervescent retelling of one of the most dramatic stories in the Biblical narrative!

      • Date: November 9, 2019
      • Time: 7:00 p.m.
      • Location: Liberty Chapel, 15790 Elmwood Avenue, KCMO 64147

A reception honoring Tori and her work in CU Theatre Arts will be held after the performance.

Free to the public.

Senior Theatre Capstone: Amy Garlett

Excerpts from the Tony Award-winning A Chorus Line

Music by Marvin Hamlisch; Lyrics by Edward Kleban; Book by James Kirkwood Junior and Nicolas Dante; Directed by Michael Bennett; Co-Choreographed by Michael Bennett and Bob Avian

Amy is a dancer–one of our best. So, for her Capstone Project, it shouldn’t be a surprise to those of you who’ve watched Amy grow up on our stage that she’s chosen the groundbreaking box office and critical hit, A Chorus Line for her swan song in CU Theatre. This musical was nominated for twelve Tony Awards and won nine, including all the big ones: Best Musical, Best Director, Best Choreographer, Best Actor, and Best Actress.

Dedicated to the quintessential importance of a strong ensemble, the context of A Chorus Line is auditions for spots in a chorus line for a new Broadway musical. It’s an everyday event on Broadway…until the director asks them for something out of the ordinary:

I’m looking for a strong dancing chorus. I need people that look terrific together—and that can work together as a group…Now, I have your pictures and resumes. I know what shows you’ve been in—but that’s not gonna help me. And I don’t want to give you just a few lines to read. I think it would be better if I knew something about you—about your personalities. So, I’m going to ask you some questions. I want to hear you talk. Treat it like an interview. I don’t want you to think you have to perform. I just want to hear you talk and be yourselves.

And from Zach’s direction, a window into what has shaped the hearts and souls of these dedicated artists is opened. Join Amy along with her cast of eight other actors, singers, and dancers for one, singular sensation!

      • Date: November 9, 2019
      • Time: 7:00 p.m.
      • Location: Liberty Chapel, 15790 Elmwood Avenue, KCMO 64147

A reception honoring Amy and her work in CU Theatre Arts will be held after the performance.

This event is free to the public, but a free will offering will be taken to help defray the cost of the expenses incurred.

WinterShorts!

What is WinterShorts? It’s more than just a frigid event for the vertically challenged! It’s a diversion from Christmas shopping. It’s a well-deserved distraction from studying for exams. It’s your time to get some culture. It’s your time to laugh till your splayed sides ache. It’s the semi-annual All-You-Can-Chomp Concessions unabated gluttony. It’s a theatrical smorgasbord of scenes and short plays compiled by CU Theatre’s student directors along with actors from across the Calvary community!

This year, the first half of WinterShorts will be composed of scenes chosen and directed by

  • Mike Burke, Warlord of Barsoom
  • John Harms, a.k.a. Spot Collins
  • Abigail Tschetter, Queen of New York
  • Adam Weeks, Linguist of Universal Languages

The second half?

Senior Theatre Capstone: Corey Ruehling

And Now for Something Completely Different!

Corey Ruehling presents his Capstone: a montage of Monty Python scenes celebrating the zenith of quirky British humor!

      • Date: December 14, 2019
      • Time: 7:00 p.m.
      • Location: Liberty Chapel, 15790 Elmwood Avenue, KCMO 64147

Free to the public.

 

 

One Voice by Deborah Craig-Claar & Robert Sterling

One of the boldest statements in the Bible is John the Baptist’s lonely declaration that he is one voice crying in the wilderness. Perhaps bolder still was the simple, muted message sent some three years later by two powerful Jewish leaders, Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus. One awful Sabbath’s eve, they took the crucified body of Jesus down from Golgatha’s cross and gave it a proper burial in Joseph’s family tomb. In this simple act, they told the world that they, too, were followers of Christ. Though Scripture doesn’t tell us what happened to them after that, we can only assume that Joseph and Nicodemus lost the entitlements of their position and faced the same sufferings as the other believing members of the New Testament Church.

This is the story of One Voice – a musical with strong spiritual impact, combining the excitement of contemporary musical theatre with the power of God’s Word. One Voice speaks to every believer – especially in the chaotic world of 21 st century America – who has ever heard the unmistakable call of the Gospel, and hesitated to act for fear of what others might think or say? But we cannot allow ourselves to believe that one voice does not make a difference. Just as John the Baptist once spoke so boldly of Christ’s coming, we are to be the voice in the wilderness of today’s culture, proclaiming Christ’s love, His truth, and His return.

Dates:

  • March 12: 11:00 a.m. matinee
  • March 13 and 14: 7:30 p.m.
  • March 15 matinee: 2:00 p.m.

Location: Liberty Chapel, 15790 Elmwood Avenue, KCMO 64147

For ticket information, please click here to visit our Box Office.

Senior Theatre Capstone: Callie Johnson, Zeb Johnson, Jon Van Pelt

The Importance of Being Earnest

By Oscar Wilde

What do you do when you have a Callie Johnson (emphasis in directing, playwriting, set design) and a Zeb Johnson (emphasis in technical direction, lighting, set design), and a Jon Van Pelt (emphasis in sound design and acting) who all need to do a Capstone second semester of 2020?

You put them all into the same Capstone blender, turn it on, and out comes Oscar Wilde’s classic, The Importance of Being Earnest! Subtitled, a trivial comedy for serious people, this show promises a rollicking good time. Callie’s directing, Zeb’s doing technical direction and lighting, and Jon’s doing sound design. Join us for this side-splitting look at the worth of integrity… or rather, The Importance of Being Earnest.

      •  Date: May 2, 2020
      • Time: 7:00 p.m.
      • Location: Liberty Chapel, 15790 Elmwood Avenue, KCMO 64147

Please join us for a reception honoring Callie, Zeb, and Jon’s work in Calvary Theatre.

Free to the public.

A free will offering will be taken to defray the cost of expenses incurred.

See What Stories We’ve Told!

Past Seasons and Photo Archives…

Spring, 2019 Newsies

Fall, 2018 All My Sons

Spring, 2018 A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Fall, 2017 Traveler in the Dark

Spring, 2017 Beauty and the Beast

Fall, 2016 Silent Sky

Spring, 2016 Things We Couldn’t Say

Fall, 2015 Over the River and Through the Woods

Spring, 2015 Mary Poppins

Fall, 2014 Marvin’s Room

Spring, 2014 Much Ado About Nothing

Fall, 2013 An Ideal Husband

Spring, 2013 Seussical

Fall, 2012 The Crucible

Spring, 2012 Arsenic and Old Lace

Fall, 2011 Lost in Yonkers

Spring, 2011 The King and I

Fall, 2010 The Importance of Being Earnest

Spring, 2010 The Misadventures of Two Gentlemen of Verona

2009 Annie Get Your Gun

2008 The Miracle Worker

2007 The Pirates of Penzance

2006 Shadowlands

2005 The Music Man

 

See What Story Our Alums Are Telling!

 

Ashley BeachAshley Beach

Ashley Beach graduated from Calvary’s theatre department in 2014 and since has had the opportunity to work as a professional stage manager for two productions for a small company in Boulder, CO as well as help out as a production assistant for a two-week new play festival at the Performing Arts Center of downtown Denver. She is still pursuing her dream of starting her own theatre company someday.

 

Kenneth England headshot 2015Kenneth England

Kenneth has transitioned from being a big fish in a little pond to being a little fish in a big pond! After playing such roles as Algernon in Importance of Being Earnest, John Proctor in Crucible, and the Cat in the Hat in Seussical, Kenneth graduated from Calvary in 2013 in our first graduating class of theatre majors. He spent two years as our Technical Director before auditioning for and being accepted to the prestigious Purdue University M.F.A. Actor Training Program to which he received a full ride. Not bad for a farm boy from Illinois!

 

Paul HarwerthPaul Harwerth

After graduating from Calvary’s Theatre Arts program in 2015, Paul began work as head editor and videographer of a production company called MTVIDYO. He has also done some acting and dancing in the Kansas City area but has recently had the opportunity to put his dance training to work on both a film and music video as head choreographer. He has continued his dance training and is also pursuing a career through YouTube by developing his channel “TwinSauce” as a creative/daily vlogger.

 

Karen Krahn, MakeupKaren Krahn

Karen grew up in rural Illinois and has had a passion for theatre as long as she can remember. She received her bachelors of science in Theatre Arts from Calvary Bible College, now Calvary University, and in the first graduating class of Theatre Arts majors in 2013. Karen and her husband Kaleb, who also happens to be Calvary’s Technical Director, reside in Belton, Missouri with their twin sons who create more theatrics than all of Broadway.

 

 

Moriah Roberts

Moriah Roberts

Moriah graduated from Calvary with a Theatre Arts minor. Now she’s works full-time at Calvary University as the Cafe Manager and Title IX Coordinator and but still manages to save some time to do what she loves with Calvary Theatre: stage management and helping Beckie teach choreography, especially tap. She adores seeing as many Broadway style shows in Kansas City theatre as she can possibly fit in.

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