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‘Zoey’ earns top honor at GCU Film Festival

March 02, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Best Picture at the ninth annual Grand Canyon University Film Festival went to “Zoey,” a found-footage style film of a couple’s home video for their unborn child by junior Anthony DiMaria, recent alumnus Jeff Dykhuizen and seniors Jeremy Bridges and Sam Varghese.

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Masterworks Concert II inspired by Bible passage

February 25, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

By Janie Magruder GCU News Bureau Each year, as Dr. Juan Hernandez, director of Grand Canyon University’s music department and assistant dean of its College of Fine Arts and Production, is planning the kind of music that vocalists and instrumentalists should perform at major concerts, he goes straight to the Bible. This year, in Philippians 4:8, Hernandez found his inspiration from the Apostle Paul: “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things.” Music that exists to do just that, in the praise and worship of God, will be performed at GCU’s Masterworks Concert II, beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday at First Southern Baptist Church of Phoenix, 3100 W. Camelback Road, on the southeast side of campus. The free event will feature about 100 student performers in the Canyon Chorale, Canyon Singers and Critical Mass, in addition to faculty and student soloists, performing traditional choral repertory. They will be led by Hernandez and GCU vocal instructor Dr. Sheila Corley and accompanied by veteran pianist Mark Fearey. The feature work is English composer Benjamin Britten’s “Rejoice […]

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Stellar student film program to host expanded festival

February 24, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

The GCU Film Festival will include screenings of student films at Ethington Theatre from 6-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. An award ceremony is scheduled for 7 p.m. Sunday. Awards will be given out for six categories (animation, comedy, documentary, drama, faith and music video), in addition to an award for best overall film and a fan-favorite award students can vote on. The festival will be hosted by Associated Students of GCU president Cody Dumas and Lopes basketball player Daniel Alexander. Both are film majors.

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Romeo, played by GCU freshman Trevor Penzone, and Juliet, played by veteran senior Joy Flatz, share a kiss during the College of Fine Arts and Production's performance of the popular Shakespeare work, which opens Friday in Ethington Theatre.
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Students embrace Shakespeare’s famous romance

February 04, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Nothing says Valentine’s Day quite like roses, dark chocolate and William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.” You’re on your own for the first two, but GCU’s College of Fine Arts and Production happens to be presenting the romantic tragedy this weekend and next in Ethington Theatre. GCU Today has a preview of a show you don’t want to miss and a peek at the actors, set and costumes in this slideshow. BYOKleenex.

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‘Wicked’ performer steps into residency at GCU

January 12, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

By Janie Magruder GCU News Bureau Students in Grand Canyon University’s dance program will benefit from the expertise and experience of two guest artists this semester, beginning today with a weeklong residency by Los Angeles-based Amy Michele Allen. Guest artists are invited to the University to expand students’ knowledge, skill and cultural perspective, said Leanne Schmidt, a College of Fine Arts and Production faculty member who teaches a variety of dance classes. The residency program also gives students opportunities to network with professional dancers, choreographers and educators, Schmidt said. The guest artists this semester will teach master classes and create an original work with the students that will be performed at the Spring Dance Concert on April 17-18. At the head of the class this week is Allen, who has performed musical theatre works of such notable choreographers as Bob Fosse, Agnes de Mille, Susan Stroman, Gower Champion and Michael Bennett. She also danced in the first national tour of “Wicked” and has performed on the National Geographic Channel and the Holland America Line and at Tokyo DisneySea. Allen, who is professionally trained in jazz, classical ballet, tap, modern dance, hip-hop and musical theatre, studied at the River North Chicago Dance Company and Giordano Dance Chicago […]

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Fairy Godmother, played by GCU theatre student Kayana Sweeney, has the attention of children at Atonement Lutheran School on Tuesday during a performance of a twist on "Hansel and Gretel."
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COFAP students take fractured fairy tale on the road

December 10, 2014 / by / 1 Comment

Grade school pupils in west Phoenix were treated to an entertaining, alternative version of “Hansel and Gretel” this week by students in the College of Fine Arts and Production. It was the first time COFAP took its “second series,” off campus, and the young audiences at five schools got to see live theatre and learn about GCU’s theatre program. They also learned that you can’t always judge a fairy tale by its cover. GCU Today has the story here.

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A grand concert of Christmas favorites planned for Tuesday

December 08, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

GCU’s Music Department has a special Christmas gift for you. About 150 student singers and instrumentalists will tell the Christmas story through music at the fifth annual “A Grand Canyon Christmas,” beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday at First Southern Baptist Church of Phoenix, on the southeast corner of campus. Admission is free. GCU Today has a preview here.

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Winter dance show combines movement, emotion, conversation

December 08, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau GCU’s Dance Department performed 10 pieces that evoked a range of emotions among the audiences last weekend at Ethington Theatre. The shows, which included 10 pieces (the last one, “Tunnel,” lasted 20 minutes), were the results of three months of hard work by students and faculty.

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GCU's Dance Department will present its winter dance concert, "Balance/Opposition," this week in Ethington Theatre.
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Winter dance concert to explore opposing themes

December 02, 2014 / by / 1 Comment

Faculty and students in GCU’s dance department have been working on their winter dance show, “Balance/Opposition,” since last fall. On Friday and Saturday, beginning at 7:30 p.m., the talented artists will present a sophisticated series of pieces that communicate the trials of humans through movement. Be prepared to laugh and cry.

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COFAP pioneers concept of onstage student shepherds

December 01, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Story by Janie Magruder Photos by Alexis Bolze GCU News Bureau Like one of those resonant quotations that’s attributed to “anonymous,” the origins of the unusual — and possibly unique — student chaplaincy post, which has been embraced by the College of Fine Arts and Production at Grand Canyon University, might never be known. Assistant Dean Dr. Juan Hernandez began allowing music students to select chaplains from among their peers several years ago during preparations for a concert. The request came from students, who wanted to designate someone to handle their spiritual needs before, during and after rehearsals, Hernandez recalled. “Our students spend a significant amount of time together,” he said, “and so it became a way for them to create community, to take ownership of their work and their activities in a way that was not just them being told what to do, and to promote the University’s initiative of faith, learning and leadership.” It was so successful that Hernandez’s students now elect two of their own at the beginning of each school year as ensemble shepherds. With the endorsement of Dean of Students Pastor Tim Griffin, the College of Theology and COFAP Dean Claude Pensis, this voluntary spiritual […]

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