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Arts program sets stage for students to entertain different career paths

December 01, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Story by Janie Magruder Photos by Darryl Webb GCU Today Magazine Whoever said, “Opportunity knocks but once,” was never a student in the College of Fine Arts and Production at Grand Canyon University. Now in Year 6 since resurrecting its theatre and music programs after a four-year closure, the college is peppering students with myriad chances to learn everything in their respective arts fields, which now also include dance, digital film, digital design and advertising design. It’s rare to find a COFAP graduate who can’t tap-dance, sew a seam, build a set, memorize lines, demonstrate perfect pitch, light a stage, direct other students, choreograph, make a film, design a web page and style Bride of Frankenstein hair — or at least hasn’t had occasions to try. “This is a laboratory of education that has a public audience,” said Dean Claude Pensis, who started and was a leader of the arts program for 20 years before it was shuttered in 2006 because of the University’s economic woes. The administration reopened it in 2010, with Pensis at the helm. “The goal is to work with students in such a way that minimizes shortcomings that may occur, while maximizing their successes,” he said. […]

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Peace to radiate through Dance Department’s winter concerts

November 30, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

More peace is never a bad thing, but it is especially a blessing in these times with the hectic holidays approaching and the world on edge. Peace is the theme of this weekend’s winter concerts by the College of Fine Arts and Production’s Dance Department. “Pacem in Terris,” or “Peace on Earth,” featuring the artistic talents of GCU’s faculty, guest artists and students, will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Ethington Theatre.

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GCU graphic designer’s work lauded in The New York Times

November 16, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Arguably the best newspaper in the world, The New York Times, featured the work of GCU graphic designer Jessica Foncannon in an article last week about the power of playwright Arthur Miller’s plays in modern design. Foncannon’s work on “My Three Sons,” a play that will be presented in February by the College of Fine Arts and Production, was among eight designs capturing the eye of Times writer Erik Piepenburg, and the only one representing a University.

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Fall commencement 2015: Hard work pays off

October 17, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Neither rain nor lightning nor dust storm nor traffic could detract from Grand Canyon University’s online commencement ceremonies Friday and Saturday. Once the attendees were safely inside GCU Arena, which took some doing when the dust started blowing Friday, there were congratulations for a job well done and triumphantly raised fists to signify an impressive achievement.

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In the spotlight: COFAP dancers produce pieces rooted in Scottish lore and Greek mythology

October 12, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

GCU’s talented dance students will be running the show at both Fall Student Spotlight Dance Concerts, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday in Thunder Alley. They have choreographed and will be dancing, lighting the stage and managing the details for the College of Fine Arts and Production’s dance department first performances of the year. Read more about two of the dancers, a Scottish senior and a freshman who imbued Greek mythology into her piece, in this GCU Today story.

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Sneak peek: From baguette duels and bucket heads to prison stripes and big belly laughs, ‘Scapin’ all fun and games

October 08, 2015 / by / 1 Comment

Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau The College of Fine Arts and Production at Grand Canyon University will present “Scapin,” a zany adaptation of a 17th century comedy in Ethington Theatre this weekend and Oct. 16-18. You’ll want to see it at least twice, so hurry to buy tickets here. Here’s an early look from dress rehearsal.  

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Buffoonery blusters through Ethington with ‘Scapin’

October 08, 2015 / by / 1 Comment

Don’t let the possibly unfamiliar title of the College of Fine Arts and Production’s newest play keep you away from Ethington Theatre this weekend or next. “Scapin,” an adaptation of a 350-year-old French comedy, will twist your funny bone and split your sides from the opening lines to curtain call. We recommend you bring tissues to mop the tears that will be streaming from your face. Click here to read more about the show (and to learn to pronounce “Scapin’) and don’t miss University photographer Darryl Webb’s photos from Wednesday’s dress rehearsal.

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GCU strengthens ties to breast cancer fight

October 05, 2015 / by / 1 Comment

Among the thousands of people who plan to participate a walk to benefit breast cancer patients, families and research later this month are GCU employees Woody and Allison Mason, who have been on a long cancer journey of their own. Woody’s identical twin, Dilon, is a three-time cancer survivor who got a new lease on life, thanks to his brother’s donation of stem cells, and Allison has been there every step of the way. GCU Today has a story about them that includes GCU’s heart for the walk and how you can sign up.

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COFAP Dean Claude Pensis
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And the award goes to … Pensis earns special honor

September 21, 2015 / by / 1 Comment

Whether he is behind the scenes or seated in the audience, Claude Pensis, dean of the College of Fine Arts and Production, is the visionary leader of the University’s programs in theatre, music, dance, digital film and digital design programs. His three decades of service to GCU and the Valley’s theatre community will be lauded tonight when he is presented with the ariZoni Theatre Awards of Excellence Outstanding Contribution Award at the Tempe Center for the Arts.

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GCU alumni Joy and Claire Flatz
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Oh, the places they’ll go: Flatzes start Seuss tour

September 16, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

One played Shakespeare’s Juliet on the stage of GCU’s Ethington Theatre and has done a PetSmart commercial, while the other was the baker’s wife in “Into the Woods” and did a lot of professional theatre during her time in the College of Fine Arts and Production. Now, Joy and Claire Flatz, who graduated last spring, are playing Thing 2 and Thing 1, respectively, in the cast of “The Cat in the Hat,” which Tempe-based Childsplay is scheduled to launch next week. Learn how these talented and identical twin sisters landed the roles in this international tour that will take them to venues across the country and Canada, too, in this GCU Today story and don’t miss our video that captures some of their blue-mopped, red-outfitted hijinks.

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