WHAT: Encore Theatre of Independence presents “Where There’s a Will, There’s a Relative.” The comedic play is about a wealthy entrepreneur who recently passed away. As his family gathers to discuss their inheritance, they learn he left his entire fortune to a church. The family then devises a scheme to swindle money from the church by hiring an individual of dubious character.

WHEN, WHERE AND HOW MUCH: “Where There’s a Will, There’s a Relative” runs May 2, 3, 4, 9, 10 and 11 at the Roger T. Sermon Center’s Powerhouse Theatre, 201 N. Dodgion St. in Independence. May 2, 3, 9 and 10 performances begin at 7:30 p.m.; May 4 and 11 shows start at 2 p.m. Tickets are $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for children. The May 4 performance is buy one ticket, get one free night. To purchase tickets, call 816-325-7367. Tickets can also be purchased on the night of a performance.

WHO’S IN IT: Phillip Stringfield as Sam Price, Jim Middleton as Jerry, Pat Bounds as Sally, Madeline Mercer as Mildred Longnecker, Virginia Hudson as Zelda, Tom Wade as Rudy and Jeff Mercer as Tony Cappallini. Jean Naquin is the director.

WHY YOU SHOULD GO SEE IT: “It’s funny. It has a lot of reality, especially with how people act when money is involved. The cast have done a great job during rehearsals and I’m proud of them,” said director Jean Naquin.

– Brandon Dumsky