"As You Like It" in Ethington Theatre
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Lots to love in Ethington opener, ‘As You Like It’

August 26, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

The 2015-16 Ethington Theatre Series at GCU gets off to a hilarious start with “As You Like It,” a pastoral comedy by William Shakespeare that will be performed by the College of Fine Arts and Production Aug. 28-30 and Sept. 4-6. The GCU version includes a video that was collaborated upon by students in GCU’s theatre and digital film programs, four weddings, bluegrass music, yoga and plenty more to like.

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Mueller showcases GCU’s stunning transformation

August 17, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Record-breaking high temperatures Friday in Phoenix couldn’t hold a candle to the enthusiasm of President/CEO Brian Mueller and other GCU leaders during the all-employee meeting in the Arena. Mueller delivered his own take on a “State of the University” address by hosting a Q-and-A with more than a dozen representatives of the faculty, colleges, programs, enrollment, student body, community outreach and staff.

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Shakespeare to Seuss: Ethington shows its range

June 18, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Claude Pensis, dean of the College of Fine Arts and Productions, Bill Symington, assistant dean and stage designer, and Michael Kary, assistant professor and play director, have put GCU on the map for collegiate theatre in the West Valley, but Pensis et. al. may have outdone themselves with this year’s Ethington Theatre lineup, which has something everyone can enjoy. From Shakespeare to Dr. Seuss, every play in the 2015-16 series is a must-see according to Pensis. And with a stage and costume design plan that is expected to be one of the biggest in University history, we couldn’t agree more. “We’re going to have fun with the plays. It’s going to be an adventure for the actors, directors and the audiences,” Pensis said.

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From fish flop to flamenco, dance camp appeals to teens

June 05, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Teenagers from California and Arizona are enjoying GCU’s first “Summer Dance Intensive,” a residential camp that imparts knowledge and training in a variety of genres and gives students a peek at campus life. Studio time, pool time and pizza time, so far, have not disappointed, and spots remain in next week’s camp. GCU Today has the story.

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GCU dance duo earns scholarships for major summer program at Duke

June 04, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Dance education majors Monique Streety and Nicole Mayes are packing their bags for Durham, N.C., where they will spend most of the summer at the American Dance Festival’s Six Week School on the campus of Duke University. Founded in 1934 in Vermont, the ADF has been called “one of the nation’s most important institutions” by The New York Times. Streety and Mayes, who were encouraged to apply by dance faculty member Leanne Schmidt, say in this GCU Today story that they will soak up all they can and bring it home to share with their classmates.

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GCU dancers perform for sixth graders at St. Francis Xavier Elementary in Phoenix.
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GCU dance piece all adds up for young students

May 04, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Story by Janie Magruder Photos by Tyler McDonald GCU News Bureau Every time Khaila Matthews stepped onto a gym floor in a local school this spring to perform with other Grand Canyon University dance students, the emotional seesaw of her own adolescence teetered in her memory. The GCU sophomore wondered whether she and the dozens of sixth-graders seated cross-legged in front of her had more in common than they might imagine. “I was bullied at their age,” Matthews said recently after the final performance of the College of Fine Arts and Production’s Elementary and Middle School Dance Tour. “I had darker skin, a fuller figure, I was really different. Now, being able to go to these schools and show these kids that there’s nothing wrong with being different, it makes me feel really good.” The GCU sophomore was among 16 students who spent the fall and spring semesters conceptualizing, writing and choreographing the Dance Department’s fourth annual tour. Through the school visits, COFAP aims to spark young audience members’ impulse for self-expression by offering creative tools that will help them explore drama, music and, in this case, drama. The culmination of the dance students’ efforts was being able to perform […]

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Flatz twins doubled their impact on performing arts

April 22, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Story by Cooper Nelson Photos by Darryl Webb GCU Today Magazine Twin theatre majors Claire and Joy Flatz are identical in appearance, but their interests, personalities and individual contributions to Grand Canyon University’s theatre program are distinctive. The 22-year-old seniors burst onto the College of Fine Arts and Production scene by playing the lead roles in the “The Boy Friend” as freshmen and have performed in 23 combined productions, often as leading ladies. Their costumes might as well hang from the ceiling of GCU’s Ethington Theatre, like retired jerseys in a sports arena, to commemorate their dazzling performances over four years. Notably, Joy played Cinderella in “Into the Woods,” the daughter of Capulet in “Romeo and Juliet” and Irene Adler in “Sherlock Holmes.” Claire played the baker’s wife in “Into the Woods” and the lead female role, Belle, in “A Christmas Carol.” The freedom to perform as freshmen allowed them to find their individual strengths in film and theatre. “There is inherently a safety net that comes with performing at college and failing, which has allowed us to grow,” Joy said. Said Claire, “Being able to perform as freshmen helped us gain confidence to pursue opportunities outside campus.” Their impressive […]

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The Ethington Dance Ensemble will present its second major concert of the year, "Ballet to Broadway: And Everything in Between," Friday and Saturday on campus. (Photo by Darryl Webb)
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GCU dance students step up variety in spring show

April 15, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

As the title suggests, there will be something for everyone at the GCU Ethington Dance Ensemble’s spring concert, “Ballet to Broadway: And Everything in Between,” this weekend. A variety of works, choreographed and performed by faculty and students, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Ethington Theatre. GCU Today has a story with ticket info.

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Celebrating the ubiquity of Ashley Laneri: 1993-2015

March 30, 2015 / by / 6 Comments

Like a memorable performance in a stage play or choir concert, Ashley Laneri won’t soon be forgotten, it was apparent during her memorial service Saturday on campus. About 450 family members, students, faculty and staff and others gathered to pay tribute to the life of the GCU senior who died March 13 from injuries she sustained in a car accident in Phoenix.

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Big ‘Oklahoma!’ to sweep through Ethington

March 19, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Ethington Theatre’s final production of the 2014-15 year, “Oklahoma!,” opens this weekend with a smattering of available tickets. The popularity of GCU’s College of Fine Arts and Production’s main stage performances has continued to grow this year, with virtually every show in Ethington’s 311-seat theater selling out or being oversold. For “Oklahoma!,” there will be eight performances over this weekend and next.

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