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Summer dance program’s intensity is contagious

July 13, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Dance students traveled from across the country to attend GCU’s Summer Dance Intensive this week, bringing enthusiasm and a joy of learning that reignites GCU Director of Dance Susannah Keita’s passion for teaching. The students appreciate the challenging yet supportive program.

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Kary’s new Samaritan Theatre is an act of giving

June 21, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

GCU director and acting instructor Michael Kary is using his passion for theatre to fuel another passion – helping the needy. His new Samaritan Theatre, featuring College of Fine Arts and Production alumni and students, will donate all ticket sales from each production to a worthy cause. Its first performance, “The Servant and the Fool,” opens June 30 at Horizon High School in Scottsdale.

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Ethington season will be big on history and ‘Peanuts’

May 23, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

The 2017-2018 Ethington Theatre season features two ballets, two musicals and three plays, all of which are sure to amuse and delight the theatre and dance fan. ”You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown,” “Anything Goes” and “The Good Doctor” are among the College of Fine Arts and Production shows and there’s something on the menu for every taste.

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‘West Side Story’ is as enthralling as it is dark

March 30, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

GCU’s production of ‘West Side Story’ tells a riveting, sweet tale of star-crossed love set against a backdrop of gang warfare. As the lovers from opposing gangs try to find a place for them, their world explodes with tragic consequences. This sold-out show is already a smash hit, but tickets will be made available on a performance-by-performance basis.

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Purple will be everywhere at Final Four festivities

March 28, 2017 / by / 2 Comments

This weekend’s NCAA Division I men’s basketball Final Four will be played at University of Phoenix Stadium, but the festivities begin at Grand Canyon University Arena on Thursday night with the 29th annual Slam Dunk and 3-point Championships. GCU also will be represented in other ways — by the Thundering Heard Pep Band and by dozens of students who will be volunteering at the various festivities.

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Variety spices up the cast for GCU’s ‘West Side Story’

March 28, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

When you’re a Jet you’re a Jet all the way, the song from “West Side Story” goes. At Grand College University, when you audition – no matter what your major – you have a shot at getting a part in a theatrical production. West Side Story is a melting pot of majors.

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Futuristic comedy wins best picture at Film Festival

March 06, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

“Ralph Finds His Place In The Universe,” a futuristic film by Elliott de Neve featuring a world with alternative selves, won Best of Festival in the GCU 2017 Film Festival. Nearly 30 videos were nominated in eight categories. “2017 Racestarter Jace Hydachuak,” by Tyler McDonald, is a poignant story from despair to hope about a six-year-old boy’s battle against cancer.

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GCU employee keeps finding new stories to tell

February 16, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

GCU curriculum designer Ruth Douthitt has a head — and heart — filled with stories and a hobby as a published book author. To celebrate the publication of “The Children of Manor House,” the third in her “The Children Under the Ice” ghost-detective book series, she will sign books at a party 4:30 p.m. Friday at Canyon 49 Grill.

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Mischief afoot in Shakespeare/Harry Potter comedy

February 10, 2017 / by / 1 Comment

“Two Gentlemen of Verona,” which opens Friday night in Ethington Theatre, is a creatively re-imagined romp through Shakespeare’s Milan and Verona and the wizarding world in the popular Harry Potter series. Elves and dementors share the stage with classic characters, and love is in the air as best friends vie for the same woman’s hand.

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Shakespeare comedy will get a touch of magic

February 03, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Take an early comedy by William Shakespeare, add a dash of director Scott Campbell and you get a magical production of “Two Gentlemen of Verona” complete with wizards, wands and non-human creatures. The play opens on Friday, Feb. 10, at Ethington Theatre.

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