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Light ‘Amahl’ Proves Just Right for Ethington Series

December 05, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

How do you feel about going to the opera? Wait, wait, hold on. Here’s a better question: How do you feel about going to a one-act opera, sung in English, lasting less than an hour, with a simple, sweet story line that even a third-grader could follow? We’re guessing you’re warming up to the idea. It’s tempting to characterize “Amahl and the Night Visitors” as opera for people who don’t like opera, but that would diminish the fine performances and exceptional staging by the College of Fine Arts and Production version, which opened Friday night at Ethington Theatre to a packed house.

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‘Amahl’ Performer Returns to School, Stage at GCU

December 01, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

Following the immense success of “Dracula” at Halloween, the Ethington Theatre Series will present “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” a feel-good Christmas story that has its own feel-good story involving a member of the cast. For Claire Penneau, who plays Amahl’s mother, the story and her role weren’t hard to relate to. Penneau, who will turn 38 on Saturday, is a full-time student and a working mother of three. She has spent years as a single parent trying to do what’s best for her children.

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Winter Dance Concert at Ethington Dec. 15 and 16

November 28, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

The GCU College of Fine Arts and Production presents Legacy – a winter dance concert honoring dancers in history. The production was choreographed by Zari Le’on, Susannah Keita, Jessica Rajko, Sonja Mitrovic and Antoinette Proctor. Performances are December 15 and 16 at 7:30 p.m. in Ethington Theatre. Tickets are $10. To purchase tickets, call the box office at 602.639.8880 or ethington@gcu.edu.

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Amahl @ GCU – The Director’s Perspective

November 21, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

Amahl and the Night Visitors is a Christmas opera for the whole family. Gian Carlo Menotti weaves an intimate portrait of a poor mother and son on the brink of homelessness. They are visited by three resplendent kings on their way to see the Christ-child. Throughout the evening, the three guests guide the impoverished family from their state of despair to ultimate hope as the kings tell of the birth of the Earth’s true king. What can Amahl and his mother do for a child who promises to save the world? Miracles abound in this beautiful gem of an opera that is sure to touch hearts of all ages.

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Meet Alpha Psi Omega

November 09, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

Alpha Psi Omega is the theatre club on campus. They’re behind the scenes, on the stage and all over campus. Take a look at this group and what they’ve been up to in 2011!

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African-Born Dancer to Teach Master Class on Campus

November 02, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

Zimbabwean-born dancer Rujeko Dumbutshena loves her culture and enjoys being able to teach others about that culture through dance. That is what she will be doing this Friday when she teaches a master class at GCU. “We are so excited to be able to host Rujeko at Grand Canyon University,” says the director of dance for the College of Fine Arts and Production, Susannah Keita, who has attended Camp Mabina in New Mexico, a summer dance institute for which Dumbutshena is the artistic director. “Her class promises to be invigorating and challenging for all, including novice and experienced dancers.”

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Tempe ‘FangMaster’ Adds Bite to GCU’s ‘Dracula’

October 26, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

There’s no getting around the seasonal nature of certain jobs. Santa Claus in December. A tax accountant in April. And the FangMaster in October. The FangMaster? That would be the self-chosen nickname of Rod Jakubik, who makes custom vampire fangs out of his garage in north Tempe — and outfitted the GCU production of “Dracula” with them. Jakubik, 53, a dental technician, has a day job making removable dental appliances such as dentures, partials and retainers. But in the evening he lets the FangMaster out to play, creating not only realistic Dracula-style teeth but a host of other varieties.

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Fear Factor: GCU’s Production of ‘Dracula’ Has It

October 24, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

Those who packed the theatre over the weekend expecting a campy stage version of Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel experienced something else entirely: an armrest-gripping thriller that’s easily the most serious, ambitious work the GCU theatre program has done since returning last fall from a four-year hiatus. “Dracula,” using American playwright Steven Dietz’s true-to-Stoker script written in 1996, unifies Assistant Dean Bill Symington’s staging, Dean Claude Pensis’ lighting and Nola Yergen’s costuming as never before. Even more remarkable is this: Five of the seven main characters in Friday’s opening-night performance were new to the Ethington stage — including three freshmen. From their polish and poise, you’d never know it.

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Four Students Selected to Act in Short Film

October 21, 2011 / by / 2 Comments

GCU theatre students got the experience of a lifetime on Thursday when they attended a casting call on campus for a short film. For students accustomed to performing, that might not seem like such a big deal, except that the film they were auditioning for is being directed by a Baldwin brother. Yes, those Baldwins.

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Ethington Series Takes Serious Turn With ‘Dracula’

October 18, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

How could GCU’s College of Fine Arts and Production possibly top the success of last year’s Ethington Theatre Series? Sophomore Nathan de Laet was wondering the same thing over the summer as he reported for rehearsals of “You Can’t Take It With You,” the comedy that opened this year’s series in early September. Dean Claude Pensis supplied the answer early on. “Last year was fun,” Pensis told the student cast, “but this year will be a step up.”

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