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Slideshow: ‘Ring Round the Moon’

August 24, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

GCU’s theatre department opened its 2018-19 season with “Ring Round the Moon.”

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‘Moon’ is match(making) made in heaven

August 24, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

GCU theatre department’s “Ring Round the Moon” rings true with sumptuous excess. Set in the Belle Epoque, with its the aristocratic French chateau setting and dazzling haute couture gowns, the fairy tale romance easily conveys one of its themes: beauty. But the play is more than that. It’s also a parody, and it deals with different societal classes and how cruel they can be. For some of those reasons, director Michael Kary said this is one of his favorite plays. Eighteen years ago, he said, “I saw it and I thought, that was wonderful.”

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Guest artist keeps GCU dance on its toes

August 21, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Miguel Perez has worked as a dancer for Celine Dion, Donnie and Marie Osmond, and Cirque de Soleil. But he recently turned his attention to working with GCU’s dance students during a guest artist residency. Dance students arrived on campus two weeks early for the first time and got in some important work with Perez and their GCU instructors.

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Grand Canyon University's new Lope Shop opened Wednesday
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Stop, shop and roll: New, roomier Lope Shop opens

August 16, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

You wouldn’t normally expect to find onesies, high-heeled shoes or Burt’s Bees at a college retail store, but you will find those things peppered among the notebooks, binders and a sea of purple T-shirts at the new Lope Shop. The store, which touts Champion and Nike concept areas, a tech area, boutique and more, opened Wednesday at its new 9,500-square-foot space on the Promenade. With its floor-to-ceiling glass display windows and modern, open feel, it’s a far cry different from its much smaller space — only one-fifth as big — on Lopes Way.

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Hitting the stage: A new GCU theatre troupe

August 14, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Not every theatre kid sees the stage as something that could be more than a hobby. A new College of Fine Arts and Production theatre group called Parables wants to change that. “It’s actually showing a kid in a Christian high school that, ‘Oh, this theatre thing that I love to do is something viable to actually study and make a part of my life,'” said COFAP instructor and director Michael Kary, who is writing the material for the new troupe’s first production.

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GCU rises to 7th on Best College Campuses list

August 14, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

For the second consecutive year, GCU made the top 10 of Niche’s Best College Campuses list, scoring a No. 7 ranking (up from No. 8 last year) for its college life — and the accolades don’t end there. The University also is No. 6 on the Best Dorms in America list and No. 7 in Best Online Colleges.

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‘Moon,’ ‘Starcatcher’ … theatre season heaven-sent

August 02, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

GCU’s Theatre Department is in rehearsals for its first play of the season, the dreamy, fairy tale-like comedy “Ring Round the Moon.” The department will change pace for its other submissions for the 2018-19 season: the Shakespeare tragedy “Macbeth,” Peter Pan origin story “Peter and the Starcatcher,” Holocaust drama “Who Will Carry the Word” and bright, shiny musical “Godspell.”

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Common thread for designers: Winning Costume-Con

July 12, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

You’ll often find Grand Canyon University Costume Designer Nola Yergen and Assistant Costume Designer Sarah Levinson in their rabbit hole — GCU’s Costume Shop on the second floor of the Media Arts Complex. They’re gearing up to start work on “Ring Round the Moon,” the theater department’s first play for the 2018-19 academic year. But they also ventured to Costume-Con this summer, winning two Best in Show awards for their “Alice in Wonderland”-themed costumes and their catacomb saints entry.

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Dancers twist again, like they did last summer

July 11, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

If you sign up for GCU’s Summer Dance Intensive, you better be prepared to dance. The 40-plus students who are part of this year’s immersive weeklong series of classes taught by GCU instructors are in the studio for more than six hours a day learning everything from contemporary and world dance to improv, ballet and hip hop.

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What the nonprofit GCU is not: A not-for-profit

July 03, 2018 / by / 1 Comment

The terminology might sound the same, but when it comes to “nonprofit” and “not-for-profit,” there are subtle differences between the two. So when it comes to referring to Grand Canyon University, it’s important to use the correct terminology: We are a nonprofit.

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