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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 email@example.com.
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.
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!
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.”
It’s amazing that First Southern Baptist Church is still standing after GCU’s three choirs raised the roof on the place Friday night. The first choral concert of the fall semester found the Canyon Chorale, the Canyon Singers and the New Life Singers on top of their game — and provided a clear indication of just how far the Music Department has come in a year under the direction of Assistant Dean Juan Hernandez and vocal coach Sheila Corley.
Insisting that “there’s never a good time or a bad time to be in the arts,” Phoenix Symphony music director Michael Christie gave an insightful talk Tuesday night at Ethington Theatre, sharing career tips with the student audience. Christie, only 37, is already in his eighth season as the symphony’s maestro. A former trumpet player from Buffalo, N.Y., he went to school at Oberlin (Ohio) College and his career took off from there. When he won a conducting competition in Finland as a college junior, his path became clear.