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‘Moon’ is match(making) made in heaven

August 24, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

GCU theatre department’s “Ring Round the Moon” rings true with sumptuous excess. Set in the Belle Epoque, with its the aristocratic French chateau setting and dazzling haute couture gowns, the fairy tale romance easily conveys one of its themes: beauty. But the play is more than that. It’s also a parody, and it deals with different societal classes and how cruel they can be. For some of those reasons, director Michael Kary said this is one of his favorite plays. Eighteen years ago, he said, “I saw it and I thought, that was wonderful.”

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Guest artist keeps GCU dance on its toes

August 21, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Miguel Perez has worked as a dancer for Celine Dion, Donnie and Marie Osmond, and Cirque de Soleil. But he recently turned his attention to working with GCU’s dance students during a guest artist residency. Dance students arrived on campus two weeks early for the first time and got in some important work with Perez and their GCU instructors.

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Hitting the stage: A new GCU theatre troupe

August 14, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Not every theatre kid sees the stage as something that could be more than a hobby. A new College of Fine Arts and Production theatre group called Parables wants to change that. “It’s actually showing a kid in a Christian high school that, ‘Oh, this theatre thing that I love to do is something viable to actually study and make a part of my life,'” said COFAP instructor and director Michael Kary, who is writing the material for the new troupe’s first production.

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‘Moon,’ ‘Starcatcher’ … theatre season heaven-sent

August 02, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

GCU’s Theatre Department is in rehearsals for its first play of the season, the dreamy, fairy tale-like comedy “Ring Round the Moon.” The department will change pace for its other submissions for the 2018-19 season: the Shakespeare tragedy “Macbeth,” Peter Pan origin story “Peter and the Starcatcher,” Holocaust drama “Who Will Carry the Word” and bright, shiny musical “Godspell.”

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Common thread for designers: Winning Costume-Con

July 12, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

You’ll often find Grand Canyon University Costume Designer Nola Yergen and Assistant Costume Designer Sarah Levinson in their rabbit hole — GCU’s Costume Shop on the second floor of the Media Arts Complex. They’re gearing up to start work on “Ring Round the Moon,” the theater department’s first play for the 2018-19 academic year. But they also ventured to Costume-Con this summer, winning two Best in Show awards for their “Alice in Wonderland”-themed costumes and their catacomb saints entry.

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Dancers twist again, like they did last summer

July 11, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

If you sign up for GCU’s Summer Dance Intensive, you better be prepared to dance. The 40-plus students who are part of this year’s immersive weeklong series of classes taught by GCU instructors are in the studio for more than six hours a day learning everything from contemporary and world dance to improv, ballet and hip hop.

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Construction projects cooking, including Taco Bell

June 29, 2018 / by / 1 Comment

Campus construction projects are barreling forward this summer, from the addition of 1,000 field-level seats at GCU Ballpark that will put spectators right in the action, to a new Lope Shop, two new residence halls, a soon-to-be-completed parking garage, a new Colangelo College of Business building, a new Canyon Activities Center, and perhaps the most exciting addition for students — a long-anticipated Taco Bell. The projects are on track, many of them expected to be completed by the time students arrive for the fall semester.

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Worship Team strikes a chord at Chapel

May 15, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Not many college students get to perform in a venue as big as the 7,000-capacity Grand Canyon University Arena. But that’s not the only boon of performing with the University’s three eight-member Worship Team bands. The student musicians and vocalists also refine their craft, connect with students during Chapel and The Gathering, become family with the close-knit group of Worship Team musicians and, of course, inspire those who listen with messages of faith.

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Students have designs on art at Portfolio Showcase

April 26, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

The recent 2018 GCU Design Students’ Senior Portfolio Showcase featured everything from shoes decorated in a GCU-student-made graphic design to animation shorts and logos designed for businesses. More than 55 senior design students featured their work at the event.

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Carnegie Hall concert a ‘transformative experience’

April 25, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

For any performer, Carnegie Hall is the big show, and GCU’s Canyon Choral Society was part of the big show when it took the stage recently at the famed New York venue — an experience Dr. Juan De Dios Hernandez, Assistant Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Production, calls “transformative.”

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