Recent graduate Ryan Usher, seen here in last season's "Scapin," is one of many current and former College of Fine Arts and Production students who were busy this summer.
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Shows went on this summer for theater students

August 08, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

“Twelfth Night,” “Big Fish” and “Sweeney Todd” were just some of the theatrical productions that recent graduates and current students from the College of Fine Arts and Production helped bring to life over the summer. The list of their recent accolades stretches as far away as New York and Florida and includes a variety of exciting theatrical roles and responsibilities. Bravo!

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Kary’s book explores Christianity in acting

July 27, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

If the world was a stage, it follows there would be an author, Grand Canyon University acting instructor and director Michael Kary suggests in his new book, “Acting in Faith: A Christian’s Guide.” Described as technique book and devotional, the book explores themes such as how being Christian helps actors overcome obstacles. Kary’s self-published book will be released Aug. 6 and used as a text in College of Fine Arts and Production acting classes.

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Leaping to learn during Summer Dance Intensive

July 15, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

They are as strong as trees yet as supple as flowers, as powerful as a rainstorm yet as soft as a spring breeze. Using their strength to create a vision of suppleness, an estimated 22 students in GCU’s third Summer Dance Intensive leaped and whirled, cavorted and twirled during the fourth day of classes. The two-week program includes classes in ballet, contemporary, world and jazz dance styles and an end-of-session performance, open to all, at 4 p.m. on July 22 at Ethington Theatre.

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Campers apply STEM to building new guitars

June 16, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

STEM campers at GCU this summer are building their own guitars in a class called, “Amp up! Electric Guitars and STEM.” One of two STEM summer camps this week — the other is “Robots, Web Design and Gaming” — both camps allow students to explore in creative ways the many ways that STEM applies to daily life. The campers also had a tour of one of GCU’s gems, the new recording studio.

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Summer Dance Intensive challenges budding artists

June 14, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

GCU’s Summer Dance Insensive, which begins July 11, has something to offer nearly any level of dancer. Whether it’s a taste of college life or working closely with instructors on technique, composition, choreography and more, the program appeals both to younger students who seek top-notch education and area dancers who crave a challenge.

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Lots of variety in Ethington’s 2016-17 season

May 11, 2016 / by / 1 Comment

From author Agatha Christie to musician Leonard Bernstein and from a snowy inn in England to the wild streets of New York, the 2016-17 Ethington Theatre season surely will astound you. It opens with the drama of “The Mousetrap” and closes with “West Side Story,” a beloved and renowned romantic musical. One thing is certain: You will need to get your tickets early.

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Diana Dilcher awaits the commencement ceremony Saturday. (Photo by Darryl Webb)
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Commencement Day 2: Lifetime achievement award

April 23, 2016 / by / 2 Comments

The commencement ceremony stopped for a few seconds Saturday afternoon so that 73-year-old Diana Dilcher could be properly acknowledged for getting her degree in communications. But if the crowd that was applauding knew the whole story, they would have given her a standing ovation.

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Commencement Day 1: Afternoon session

April 22, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau Friday afternoon commencement at Grand Canyon University was for traditional students in the College of Fine Arts and Production, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Nursing and Health Care Professions, and College of Theology.  

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The reactions of graduates is always one of the best parts of commencement. (Photo by Darryl Webb)
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Commencement Day 1: There’s a lot to shout about

April 22, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

There were significant messages amid the tears of joy as spring commencement began Friday morning at Grand Canyon University. Speakers emphasized the importance of change, both in how you bring it about and how you deal with its inevitable challenges. “When we find our purpose, will we have the courage to pursue it?” student speaker Brittany Holen asked her fellow graduates.

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Beauty, grace and athleticism of Spring Dance Concert

April 19, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau Grand Canyon University’s 2016 Spring Dance Concert, “Giving Voice,” featured 34 students doing 10 dances. Their beauty and grace are apparent, but even more awe-inspiring is their athleticism. Check out how high some of these dancers get off the ground and the incredible ways they contort their bodies.  

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