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Dance Department presents at national conference

November 20, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Dance Director Susannah Keita is passionate about exposing students to dance education and their options in dance outside of just studio classes. That is why she and senior dance students Justine Bach and Carissa Eubank presented their work in the Arizona community through the Elementary Dance Tour program at this year’s National Dance Education Organization conference in Miami. “It was exciting to see different ways to incorporate other subjects into dance but also maintaining the integrity of dance and what you have in your classroom,” Eubank said.

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‘Frozen 2’ animator captivates audience with talk

November 18, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Justin Sklar, Supervising Editor for Disney’s animated film “Frozen 2,” came to campus Friday morning to share with students some of the ins and outs of what an animation career at Disney looks like. Students were able to ask questions, hear three of the film’s new songs and see clips from the final film.

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Nostalgia, laughs for the family at ‘Frog and Toad’

November 15, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

“A Year with Frog and Toad” makes its way to Ethington Theatre and is the bow on top of another memorable semester for COFAP’s Theatre Department. Guest director Debra K. Stevens adds her experience with Childsplay to help bring Arnold Lobel’s beloved characters to life. “The cast is phenomenal, I mean not a weak voice in the cast, everyone is absolutely great and it’s super fun and super sweet,” Alexander Cavanaugh, who plays Frog, said.

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GCU the venue for an ultimate weekend of esports

October 24, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

More than 400 gamers and spectators descended on GCU Arena Saturday and Sunday for two events — the University’s first collegiate Esports Invitational, which included teams from GCU, ASU, the University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University, as well as the two-day Super Smash Showdown, which was open to GCU students. GCU’s Varsity League of Legends Team took home first-place honors in the invitational, while computer science major Aldo Nunez came out on top in the Super Smash Bros.: Ultimate.

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Fine Arts alumni get spooky at local production

October 24, 2019 / by / 1 Comment

Halloween is right around the corner, which means it’s the perfect time to get in the spirit with “The Addams Family” at the Christian Youth Theater, where a group of GCU alumni are doing the creative and technical work. Alexandra Biggs called CYT “a natural fit” for all the GCU alumni and added, “I think that CYT’s mission aligns really well with GCU, and it’s nice to be working for a company that is kind of a ministry opportunity for alumni as well.”

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Tim Haas faculty recital masters chamber music

October 22, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

It’s not every day that audiences get the chance to hear musical compositions that showcase the clarinet, viola and piano, but College of Fine Arts and Production clarinet instructor Tim Haas wants to make sure students have the opportunity to do just that. “I feel that it’s really important for my students to hear me play,” Haas said. “I want to expose them and all the other musicians here in the department to different kinds of music and give them a chance to hear some stuff that they’re not going to get to hear elsewhere.” A faculty recital showcasing Haas and two guest artists will feature music by Mozart and Max Bruch at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the GCU Recording Studio. It also will be live-streamed on GCU TV.

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Fall Spotlight highlights student choreography

October 15, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Student’s choreography is taking the stage within Thunderground to showcase their talent and hard work for their peers to see. The Fall Student Spotlight Concert is a student choreographed and performed show and will showcase a number of different styles of dance. “It definitely gives students a vehicle to experiment with what they’re interested in and grow their choreography skills with the help of the faculty,” Senior Jessica Symmes said. The concert will take place on October 15 and 16.

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Ethington is all ‘Arms’ in for second play

October 04, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

For fans of Romantic Comedies, than Ethington theatre has the production for you, in it’s second play of the season. “Arms and the Man” is a play written by George Bernard Shaw and showcases a number of central character’s journey to find true love. “I think it’s super interesting sort of the way holds up over time and the way that the meaning shifts,” Alexander Cavanaugh said. “Since the play was originally an anti-war piece, how we’re honing in now on the romanization and the way we present ourselves verses how we actually are as people, it’s cool to see how that translates today and holds up as a piece of art.”

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GCU alum helps young fan meet Lauren Daigle

September 30, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Eight-year-old Shiann Sloan has been through a lot in her young life. She was born with a birth defect in which organs from her abdomen were formed outside her body, she has chronic lung disease and has a hole in her heart. She also is partially deaf and so music therapy has become a big part of her life. Shiann got the surprise of her life when she had the chance to meet Daigle at her recent concert at GCU Arena, thanks to GCU alumna Kelly Schindler and her work with HopeKids Arizona.

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‘Starcatcher’ production bags four ariZoni Awards

September 26, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

References to the Ethington Theatre’s production of “Peter and the Starcatcher” last year will have to be amended — now you can say it was an award-winning production. GCU’s Theatre Department took home four ariZoni Awards for “Starcatcher” — best overall production, Megan Sutton for Actress in a Supporting Role and Michael Kary for Director and Fight Choreography. “Winning at all now is really hard because it’s so big,” Assistant Dean William Symington said of the ariZonis, the state’s version of the Tony Awards.

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