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Carnegie-bound choirs to inject faith into concert

February 14, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

At the core of what GCU’s music department does is integrate faith and music, said assistant dean, Dr. Juan de Dios Hernandez. Expect the same at the GCU Choirs’ Masterworks Concert on Thursday at First Southern Baptist Church. The hourlong performance will include everything from a well-known Reformation hymn, to African-American spirituals such as “Ride the Chariot,” to works by Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo based on a poem by St. John of the Cross.

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‘Major’ coup: Ethington cast’s performances spot-on

February 08, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Ethington Theatre’s “Major Barbara” cast commands the elegant language of playwright George Bernard Shaw in a finely acted production that also includes an industrial-chic set. The play, which was previewed on press night Wednesday, will open 7:30 p.m. Friday and will continue its run for two weekends.

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Battle is on for salvation in ‘Major Barbara’

February 05, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Is salvation achieved through faith and good deeds or through money and power? It is one of the big questions characters wrestle with in “Major Barbara,” opening on the Ethington Theatre stage on Friday. The classic George Bernard Shaw satire will run for the next two weekends.

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Dance concert to find beat in pacemaker, much more

December 05, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Ethington Dance Ensemble’s winter concert, “The Arc Between,” will explore everything from jazz to ballet to social issues and even swimming. More than 40 dancers and nine choreographers are involved in the production 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8-9 at Grand Canyon University’s Ethington Theatre.

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GCU Overwatch team reaches Sweet 16

December 01, 2017 / by / 2 Comments

The six members of GCU’s eSports Overwatch varsity team met in January, but a striking synergy helped meld six minds into one Cinderalla team that made it to the Sweet 16 out of 220 teams and was the only Arizona team to make it to this far.

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Behind the scenes during the making of ‘Tartuffe’

November 21, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

The seven student designers who commenced in June with scarcely more than their titles gave birth in October to a grand, full-scale production of Moliere’s “Tartuffe” at Ethington Theatre, brought to life by a cast brimming with energy and talent. “It has been a great joy to work with them and watch them grow throughout the process,” said Claude Pensis, dean of the College of Fine Arts and Production.

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Even little red-haired girls will love ‘Charlie Brown’

November 17, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Story by Laurie Merrill Photos by Travis Neely GCU News Bureau Charlie Brown is befuddled, Sally is mad, Schroeder is intense, Snoopy is cool and Lucy — well, Lucy is just plain Lucy. Whether you’re a big fan of Charles M. Schulz’ Peanuts characters or just meeting them for the first time, you’re sure to find them captivating in Ethington Theatre’s “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” which opens today at 7:30 p.m. Tonight’s production is sold out and tickets are selling fast for remaining shows because of the sizzle generated by the singing-and-dancing romp performed by actors whose sheer delight in playing their roles shows in every facial expression and line. “For me, the Peanuts comic strips were a huge part of my childhood and upbringing, and for Charles M. Schulz to have kept it going for 60 years — and be able to connect generation to generation — is amazing,” said Scott Campell, the director. “I hope that whether audience members see themselves as a Lucy, or a Sally, or Schroeder, Charlie Brown or Linus, that they feel welcome and part of the family.” Spot-on costumes, over-the-top hair and make-up and oversized props and furniture help create the […]

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Slideshow: ‘You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown’

November 17, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Travis Neely GCU News Bureau “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” is a feel-good, family-friendly musical about the beloved comic strip “Peanuts” by Charles M. Schulz. Audiences of all ages will enjoy watching those oh-so-familiar characters singing, dancing and making sophisticated jokes. Charlie Brown’s friends endure amusing mishaps and chaos, and that helps him discover what truly makes them happy. The musical opens 7:30 p.m. today at Ethington Theatre, but the first show is sold out and other shows are selling fast. Tickets can be purchased here or at Groupon. Students get in free with ID.  Other performances are 7:30 p.m. Saturday,  2 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 24 and Saturday, Nov. 25, and 2 p.m. Sunday,  Nov. 26.        

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Slideshow: ‘You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown’

November 17, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Travis Neely GCU News Bureau “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” is a feel-good, family-friendly musical about the beloved comic strip “Peanuts” by Charles M. Schulz. Audiences of all ages will enjoy watching those oh-so-familiar characters singing, dancing and making sophisticated jokes. Charlie Brown’s friends endure amusing mishaps and chaos, and that helps him discover what truly makes them happy. The musical opens 7:30 p.m. today at Ethington Theatre, but the first show is sold out and other shows are selling fast. Tickets can be purchased here or at Groupon. Students get in free with ID.  Other performances are 7:30 p.m. Saturday,  2 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 24 and Saturday, Nov. 25, and 2 p.m. Sunday,  Nov. 26.

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Where to find fantastic beasts? At GCU-led talk

November 15, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

If you know what a pukwudgie, mooncalf, billywig and bowtruckle are, then you might have been one of the muggles at the recent “The Science of Harry Potter” event at the Arizona Science Center. It’s where GCU faculty members Deborah Haralson, Lindsey Kojich and Darien Hall led a talk called “Zoology in the Harry Potter Universe.”

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