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GCU Dancer Has Big Plans for Mission Field

April 12, 2011 / by / 1 Comment

The silver-spoon life of private dance lessons and elite academies doesn’t describe Antoinette Proctor. Adopted as an infant into a large family in Avondale, Proctor taught herself to dance by watching TV, mimicking what she saw. Eventually, she was dancing for her church, Cornerstone Christian Center, and by the age of 13 she was choreographing her own pieces.

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Grammar Bowl Makes Impressive Debut at GCU

April 11, 2011 / by / 2 Comments

Can you identify the three types of verbs? Know the difference between coordinating and subordinating conjunctions? Does this sound like fun? If your answers were no, no and heavens no, then you weren’t part of Saturday’s first-ever Grammar Bowl at Ethington Theatre on the GCU campus. A total of 23 ninth-graders from Arizona competed for attractive prizes (more about those later) during a two-hour test of grammar skills.

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‘Frogs’ Star Adam Benavides Is One to Watch

April 04, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

Of all the reasons to see “The Frogs” next weekend before it closes the 2010-11 Ethington Theatre Series, one stands out above the rest: Adam Benavides. The freshman from Queen Creek can do it all, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him heading off to Broadway or to Chicago’s Second City comedy troupe someday. For now, GCU is fortunate to have him, and “The Frogs” wouldn’t work nearly as well without him.

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CLA Study Skill Webinars for April

April 01, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

The Center for Learning and Advancement offers a series of webinars to prime students for success in university academics. View the full list of webinars at Student Success Webinars. Contact the CLA for tutoring services or ideas about ways to increase your academic success. Visit its web site at http://my.gcu.edu/centerforlearning or email centerforlearning@gcu.edu.

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Video: The Frogs: Episode Two

April 01, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

Wondering what The Frogs is all about? Take it from the actors themselves as they break down this Greek Drama modernized with music by Steven Sondheim. The show begins tonight (April 1, no foolin’) and runs weekends through April 10th. Ethington@gcu.edu for tickets and information

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All the World’s a Stage for Rachel Maish

March 31, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

After all, the theater students are taking the saying “all the world’s a stage” in a very literal sense. The upcoming play will take the actors out of Ethington Theater and into GCU’s pool. Maish plays five parts in the play The Frogs, including the chorus.

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‘The Frogs’ Brings Theatre to GCU Swimming Pool

March 29, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

When the school’s newly reconstituted College of Fine Arts and Production announced its theatre series months ago, more than a few people — including Adam Benavides — thought it had gone off the deep end. “The Frogs,” an adaptation of an ancient Greek comedy by Aristophanes, was listed as the last of five productions for the 2010-11 school year. And now Benavides, a GCU freshman from Queen Creek, is playing the lead role of Dionysus, the Greek god of drama, who travels to Hades to bring the playwright George Bernard Shaw back from the dead in an effort to improve the quality of theatre.

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Dion Benes: The Professor With a Cardboard Office

March 25, 2011 / by / 9 Comments

Grand Canyon University adjunct faculty member Dion Benes carries his office with him in a 2 x 2 cardboard Kinko’s Box. When he began teaching at GCU about six years ago, adjunct faculty did not have office space. That did not bother Benes a bit. After 26 years in the Marine Corp., he knew exactly what to do.

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GCU’s Choirs Sing of Spring in Concert

March 23, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

Spring was in the air only if you imagined it on an extra-chilly Tuesday evening, but the scent of something more powerful — success — was unmistakably strong. The Music Department’s final choral concert of the year, “Spring Is in the Air,” at Ethington Theatre put an exclamation point on an outstanding series of performances by GCU’s choirs under the direction of Juan Hernandez, assistant dean of the College of Fine Arts and Production.

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Theatre Majors Pioneer Return of Alpha Psi Omega

March 16, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

Almost seven months have passed since the arts returned to Grand Canyon with the College of Fine Arts and Production and its first show, “The Pirates of Penzance.” In that time, the crew of pioneering COFAP students has succeeded in making it appear that the arts never left GCU.

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