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‘Radium Girls’ depicts a serious learning opportunity

October 08, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Ethington Theatre’s second production of the season, “Radium Girls,” will transport audiences to the 1920s, before medical research fully understood the side effects of radium. The story follows Grace Fryer, a young watch painter, as she fights for her day in court. “Getting the chance to tell this story is really unique,” said Gretchen Carpenter, who plays Grace Fryer. “I think there’s a level of catharsis that’s going to be happening in the audience because it’s a really emotional show and I think that it’s going to capture a lot of hearts.”

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Slideshow: ‘Radium Girls’

October 08, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Ralph Freso GCU News Bureau “Radium Girls” is the second performance of the 2021-22 Ethington Theatre season. Performances are scheduled over two weekends, at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays on Oct. 8-17.    

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New dean brings diverse background to Fine Arts

September 29, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

When asked whether he would give up the church or give up Hollywood, Dr. Craig Detweiler replied with his 25-year career of combining the two. Now, the longtime educator is bringing his knowledge and skills into his new role as dean of the College of Fine Arts and Production. “I’m excited about GCU’s deep and abiding faith combined with the artistry and creativity of both the professors and students,” he said. “We can both enlighten and entertain at the same time.”

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Week of events geared to students’ financial success

September 28, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Personal Financial Success Week, which began Monday and will continue through Thursday, provides students with information they desperately need, considering the number of Americans living in debt. “Every year we improve our outreach and connection to GCU students on topics of financial literacy and financial wellness,” said Dr. Randy Gibb, Dean of the Colangelo College of Business.

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Grads go far to applaud in-person Commencement

September 28, 2021 / by / 1 Comment

The second of seven makeup Commencement ceremonies Monday proved once again that graduates will travel long distances to celebrate earning their degree. “I just felt that desire to walk across the stage,” said Anthony Jackson Jr., who came all the way from New Orleans. “I wanted to feel that same intensity that the locals feel. I just had to do it.”

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Technical Director creating big goals, tiny house

September 20, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Carolyn “Carrie” Hurst is playing an important role in bringing theatre performances back inside Ethington Theatre, and she’s also undertaking an interesting personal project: She is creating a tiny house. The Technical Director and the Master Electrician has a background in scenic and lighting design and hopes to be an example to young girls in theatre. “That’s why I want to work for a university. I want to get younger students to realize, especially females, that this is a career path,” she said.

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Slideshow: College of Fine Arts and Production kickoff

September 15, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Ralph Freso GCU News Bureau The first college kickoff event of the academic year took place Tuesday afternoon outside the College of Fine Arts and Production Building. As students gathered to learn about the clubs and resources available to them, they were handed bingo cards that required them to stop by each table to receive a stamp. Completed cards could be entered into a drawing for 10 GCU-themed prizes.  

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Musical murder mystery set to mystify audiences

September 10, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

From murders to trap doors and secret passageways, there’s something for every mystery fan to enjoy this weekend as the theatre department returns to Ethington Theatre for its first play of the season, “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940.” “The thing to take away is that we wanted to have the most fun to welcome people back into the theatre,” director Michael Kary said.

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Slideshow: ‘The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940’

September 10, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Ralph Freso GCU News Bureau “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940” kicks off the return to plays inside Ethington Theatre with performances at 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sundays on Sept. 10-19.    

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Student’s love of theatre fell right into his hands

August 27, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Dalton Smith spent three semesters trying to make his original major work for him — and his father. But halfway into his sophomore year, he found himself longing to go into theatre. Now, starting his junior year as a Theatre Ars and Drama major, Smith can be found in the College of Fine Arts and Production’s scene shop or onstage in Ethington Theatre’s production of “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940,” which debuts Friday, Sept. 3. “I chose theatre arts because it’s what I wanted to do and it was like ‘if I’m going to go for this acting thing, I might as well put all my cards on the tablet,’” he said.

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