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Emotional tribute to open Winter Dance Concert

December 05, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Inspired by Kayla Castro’s life and the song created by friend and former roommate Kristyn Roberts, “Dancing by Your Side” is an emotional opener to this weekend’s “Impermanence” program performed by the Ethington Dance Ensemble as they explore the tension and opportunities created by change.

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Mr. Charles Gibbs with the stage manager/narrator, Brenna Warren.
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‘Our Town’ urges us to open our eyes

November 18, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Ethtington Theatre’s production of “Our Town” opens tonight. Set in Grovers Corners, N.H., it’s a place like most others. People are born, they live, they fall in love, they marry and they die. That such a simple story is so universal is the very basis of the shattering tragedy in this 1938 Pulitzer Prize winning drama by playwright Thornton Wilder.

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'Our Town' designers prepping for the play, from left, assistant stage manager Jennifer Lang, stage manager Jennifer Estrada and hair and makeup designer Madison Kesterson.
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‘Our Town’ packs powerful message about life

November 15, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Story and photos by Laurie Merrill GCU News Bureau For stage manager Jennifer Estrada, the message of Ethington Theatre’s “Our Town” is both poignant and personal. “The show talks a lot about living life to the fullest and how every minute could be your last,” Estrada said. “I’m a senior graduating in December, so it’s even more sentimental for me.” Our Town, which follows the loves and lives of Emily and George of Grover’s Corners, N.H., from 1899 to 1913, is an intimate experience that packs a powerful reminder: Pay attention to the wonderful things in life — before it is too late. “As a parent, it’s hard to get through without weeping,” said director Michael Kary, College of Fine Arts and Production instructor. “Coming from this side, all that time is gone, but now I have kids and I want to hug them and open their eyes and let them know that I love them because I never know when my final comment will come.” The 1938 play by American playwright Thornton Wilder is the second Pulitzer Prize winner in a row that COFAP has produced, following the musical political satire, “Of Thee I Sing.” Our Town is unusual in […]

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Wayne Purdin (left) and his wife Julie share their views about the need to go back to our Christian roots in their weekly radio show on KFNX.
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Purdins’ radio show is rooted in Christian values

October 11, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Wayne Purdin is lead curriculum editor at GCU during the week, but on Saturdays he has a different assignment: He and his wife, Julie, offer their views on Christianity in their “God and Country” radio show on KFNX (1100 AM). “We’re all looking for answers,” he said. “Whatever the religion or politics, it seems like God is missing and we need to get back to our roots.”

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‘Of Thee I Sing’ opens at Ethington at perfect time

October 07, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

“Of Thee I Sing” opens Oct. 14 at Ethington Theatre, a welcome respite from Presidential election fever. This singing and dancing political satire has been making audiences laugh and hum since 1931. Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Oct. 14-16 and Oct. 21-23.

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TaylorRae Humbert riveted a GCU audience with her portrayal of a rape victim during a speech and debate team performance last year.
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There’s no debate: This team’s on fire

October 05, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

The Speech and Debate Team exceeded expectations with an over-the top victory in its first competition last weekend, and the team is shaping to have an even more successful team than last year — and it was very impressive last year, winning a three-peat as Division III champion.

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This photo of a mural he created on campus comes the portfolio Graphic Design alumnus Andy Baughman.
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Digital Design program a huge draw at GCU

October 04, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

GCU’s Digital Design program is growing rapidly, soaring from just four students in 2011 to 383 students this year. The enthusiasm for the College of Fine Arts and Production program goes beyond the surge in enrollment, according to director Sheila Schumacher — it shows up in students stopping her to tell her how much they love the classes, which is what it is all about. And there is plenty of work for graduates.

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It was a bounty of fresh food, $8 for all you can fit in a bag, at GCU's farmer's market Thursday.
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Farmers market a fresh addition to GCU life

September 16, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Apples, bananas and carrots, oh my! And pears and peaches and plums, kale and spinach and oranges and figs. Tables were heaped with fresh produce Thursday during GCU’s second farmers market of the year.

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Student Kara Newman, left, and Costume Designer Nola Yergin consult over a costume in progress.
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Costumes add to the mystery in ‘The Mousetrap’

September 09, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

It takes copious research and a flair for fabric to create costumes that transport audiences to other places and times, but such was the feat of GCU Costume Designer Nola Yergen and Assistant Costume Designer Sarah Levinson, responsible for the clothing in the period piece “The Mousetrap,” playing one more weekend at Ethington Theatre. Along with various student workers, the designers are now putting together about 150 costumes for “Of Thee I Sing,” opening Oct. 14.

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‘The Mousetrap’

September 02, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau Ethington Theatre’s “The Mousetrap,” which opens Friday night, is filled with surprises and characters that are both funny and mysterious. By the end of Agatha Christie’s play, the longest-running in theater history, one character will be dead and another will be revealed as the murderer. But questions of who, what, why, where and how will keep audiences guessing.  

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