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Based on a true story, All My Sons is an American tragedy. It’s the story of a post-world War II family caught in a cycle of greed and deception; it’s the story of a terribly flawed patriarch who hides a terrible choice that holds devastating consequences for the family he desperately loves.

From Sophocles to Shakespeare to our own era, tragedies have been events for the masses who still watch them collectively and process them experientially, perhaps even cathartically. The appeal is still there, as evidenced by the recent success of another American tragedy, Hamilton.

What is the appeal of a tragedy? All My Sons is far more than a cautionary tale. Any piece of literature with a universally true thematic statement is timeless. It tells us our choices matter, and we owe our integrity not only to God, but to the brotherhood of all humanity. That truth speaks to us perhaps even more strongly now than it did to the first audiences of post-war 1947.  Join us for this double Tony Award-winning play; we guarantee it will challenge both mind and heart!


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Calvary Theatre announces auditions for…

General Auditions: Thursday, Nov. 15 at 5:00 p.m.

Callbacks: Saturday, Nov. 17

          Vocals and Readings at 10:00 a.m.

          Dance Callbacks at 1:00 p.m.

Location: Liberty Chapel, 15790 Elmwood Avenue, KCMO 64147

Free Auditioning Seminar on Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 7:00 p.m. in Liberty Chapel

Choreographer Beckie Lucas, Music Director Bruce Barrett, and Director Bobbie Jeffrey will be there to give you some tips on auditioning, fill you in on the expectations, and answer questions you might have.

General Audition Information:

Auditions are open to the general community, but those auditioning must be 13 years or older as of 11/15/18. Some children are needed; please see the auditions specifications for children below.

Here’s what to expect during the dance auditions:

  • a 90 minute jazz audition and/or
  • a 90 minute tap audition and/or
  • a 30 minute tumbling/acrobatic/gymnastic audition
  • cuts made as the audition progresses will result in a final group who will be invited to callbacks
  • please bring comfortable, modest dance or exercise wear and tap shoes if you have them. We also recommend bringing a towel and a water bottle.

Vocal Auditions: please bring sheet music for 16-32 measures of a Broadway show tune; a staff accompanist will be provided. Please, no track accompaniments. If you would like to send your sheet music in advance to our accompanist, please mail it to Cherrish Palmer, 15800 Calvary Road, KCMO 64147.

We also recommend you become as familiar as possible with the show. Excerpts from every song may be found at You can also purchase the soundtrack for the show at a variety of vendors.

Children’s Auditions

  • we will be casting 3-5 children in the age range of 7-12 years old
  • children will need to be strong in jazz and tap
  • those wishing to audition will need to send our choreographer the following information in advance of the auditions:
    • a request for an audition number no later than November 1, 2018
    • an attached resume
    • attached recordings of one-minute of tap performance and one-minute of jazz performance
    • send to
  • from the email submissions we will preselect a maximum of 15 children to be invited to general auditions; they will be notified via email if they’ve been selected for general auditions.
  • It is recommended that children auditioning have at least 2 or more years of dance or gymnastic training to be considered for an invitation to general auditions.

Here is a copy of the general information and rehearsal schedule for the show:

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Senior Theatre Capstone: Presenting Miss Ana Sharp and…

The Complete Works of Shakespeare, Abridged, Revised

by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield

Ana directs three actors in the zaniest, most manic rendition of the Bard of Avon’s entire canon. Be in Liberty Chapel at 7:30 p.m. on December 1 for a hilarious, interactive adventure with iambic pentameter. One night only…and free to the public!


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Winter Shorts! December 8 at 7:00 p.m.

Directed by Calvary theatre students, these scenes are cast with CU acting students, joined by a smattering of Theatre Wannabees we just can’t seem to do without.  If you need a break from the winter doldrums, the pressures of Christmas shopping, impending final exams, and you just want to be entertained, this is the antidote.  Caution:  some of these scenes have a history of being dangerously funny! Back by popular demand – our infamous All-You-Can-Chomp $2 concessions!

Liberty Chapel, 15790 Elmwood, Kansas City, MO 64147

One night only! 

Free to the public!


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Coming to Calvary this March!

    • Liberty Chapel, 15790 Elmwood, Kansas City, MO 64147
    • Evening Performances:
      • Friday, March 8 and, 15, at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:45 p.m.
      • Saturday, March 9 and 16 at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:45 p.m.
    • Matinee Performances:
      • Thursday, March 7 at 11:00 a.m. Doors open at 10:30 a.m.
      • Sunday, March 10 and 17 at 2:00 p.m. Doors open at 1:30
    • Ticket information:
      • Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for students/seniors for all performances except the $9 matinee on Thursday, March 7
      • Tickets available as of February 1

SpringShorts! April 27th at 7:00 p.m.

      • Liberty Chapel, 15790 Elmwood, Kansas City, MO 64147
      • One night only! April 28 at 7:00 p.m.
      • Free to the public!

Calvary Theatre Arts students get out of their cages for a night of unpredictable and always memorable theatre! Directed by Calvary theatre students, and cast with CU acting students along with fearless actors from our student body, we bring you a smorgasbord of comedy, tragedy, romance, and action!  Back on the menu – our infamous All-You-Can-Chomp $2 concessions!

Check back in February to find out about the scenes being offered!

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Senior Theatre Capstone: presenting Miss Christy Stone!

Although Christy is still working on the content of her Capstone, loyal Calvary Theatre patrons won’t want to miss this! You’ve watched Christy grow up on our stage, and she’s an accomplished young artist.

Date: Saturday, May 4

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: Liberty Chapel, 15790 Elmwood Avenue, KCMO 64147

See What Stories We’ve Told!

Past Seasons and Photo Archives…

2005 The Music Man

2006 Shadowlands

 2007 The Pirates of Penzance

2008 The Miracle Worker

2009 Annie Get Your Gun

Spring, 2010 The Misadventures of Two Gentlemen of Verona

Fall, 2010 The Importance of Being Earnest

Spring, 2011 The King and I

Fall, 2011 Lost in Yonkers

Spring, 2012 Arsenic and Old Lace

Fall, 2012 The Crucible

Spring, 2013 Seussical

Fall, 2013 An Ideal Husband

Fall, 2015 Over the River and through the Woods

SP2016 Things We Couldn’t Say

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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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