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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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Internships don’t just skim the surface anymore

August 28, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

The number of GCU students doing internships just keeps growing — up to more than 300 for the 2014-15 school year. The types of opportunities they’re getting also are expanding, and several found themselves getting to do far more than they expected.

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‘Backpack to briefcase’ strategies help students stay on track for success

August 27, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

The tools to succeed as a student at GCU have never before been so intentional and integrated throughout the colleges and curriculum. From the time they step onto campus until their commencement, students are continuously exposed to purposeful planning, advising and other guidance to make the most of their programs of study, academics, career aspirations and spirituality. And soon, a new First Year Center of academic excellence will open in Juniper Hall, which is home to 250 of GCU’s 750 Honors College students. Click here to read more in GCU Today.

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"As You Like It" in Ethington Theatre
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Lots to love in Ethington opener, ‘As You Like It’

August 26, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

The 2015-16 Ethington Theatre Series at GCU gets off to a hilarious start with “As You Like It,” a pastoral comedy by William Shakespeare that will be performed by the College of Fine Arts and Production Aug. 28-30 and Sept. 4-6. The GCU version includes a video that was collaborated upon by students in GCU’s theatre and digital film programs, four weddings, bluegrass music, yoga and plenty more to like.

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Mueller showcases GCU’s stunning transformation

August 17, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Record-breaking high temperatures Friday in Phoenix couldn’t hold a candle to the enthusiasm of President/CEO Brian Mueller and other GCU leaders during the all-employee meeting in the Arena. Mueller delivered his own take on a “State of the University” address by hosting a Q-and-A with more than a dozen representatives of the faculty, colleges, programs, enrollment, student body, community outreach and staff.

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