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Growing Dance Program Plans ‘Second First Year’

July 12, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

Start-ups are never easy, as GCU’s director of dance, Susannah Keita, has discovered. Building a dance program from the ground up has been difficult, and yet already there have been rewards. What a difference a year can make.

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New Life Singers Make the Most of Tour

May 27, 2011 / by / 1 Comment

Choir caps a successful first year with a 4,500-mile trip through Colorado, Oklahoma and Texas, giving 16 performances over two weeks and spending time in a recording studio.

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GCU Curriculum Developer Writes Children’s Book

May 11, 2011 / by / 4 Comments

By Jennifer Willis Communications Staff If there is one thing Ruth Douthitt has learned over the last 20 years, it’s to follow your dreams and never give up. Douthitt has a busy life. She is a wife, a mother, a curriculum developer at GCU for the colleges of Liberal Arts and Fine Arts and Production, a devout Christian and now a published author of a children’s chapter book. Like most things that are worthwhile in life, the last of these did not come easily. It all started when Douthitt was a young Marine wife living in North Carolina. Her love of art led her to want to illustrate a children’s picture book, so she began spending time at the library. As her research progressed, so did her imagination, and ideas began to form in her head about a young boy and his adventures with dragons. Writing a children’s book, as Douthitt soon discovered, was not as easy as it seemed, and the everyday tasks of life forced her to put her book on the back burner several times. Inspiration from her young son — and the realization that there weren’t many books out there for young boys — gave her […]

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GCU’s Choirs End on an Impressive Note

May 06, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

By Doug Carroll Communications Staff The spectacular return of quality choral music to campus was celebrated Thursday night at Ethington Theatre with the Music Department’s final concert of the school year. Performances by the Canyon Chorale and Canyon Singers, along with solo selections by soprano Christina Cullers and pianist Julianne Forté, served as confirmation that GCU lost nothing as a magnet for talent in the arts during a four-year hiatus for the program. Assistant Dean Juan Hernandez and vocal coach Sheila Corley clearly know how to develop that talent, and their second year of teamwork should be even better. The Commencement concert functioned much like a greatest-hits performance, with music that had been performed earlier in the year. The range in the seven choral numbers was substantial, from the doo-wop rhythms of Shaw’s “Java Jive” to the classic spiritual “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” to Cymbala’s achingly beautiful “Lead Me Lord.” Cullers and Forté were announced as GCU Scholarship Foundation grant winners, along with pianist Tabitha Kaminski. Cullers sang an aria from Puccini’s “Gianni Schicchi,” and Forté played Debussy’s “Jardis sous la pluie.” Both are supremely talented performers for whom the sky is the limit. Forté, who finds time also to […]

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Alumnus Kary Speaks to COLA Convocation

May 04, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

It’s the definition of happiness rather than its pursuit that makes all the difference, GCU alumnus Michael Kary told Wednesday morning’s College of Liberal Arts convocation in his keynote speech. “Happiness comes from work that lines up with your purpose and from finding people to do that work with,” Kary said.

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EthingTonys Honor Best in 2010/11 COFAP Productions

April 29, 2011 / by / 2 Comments

The GCU College of Fine Arts and Production celebrated its returning year to the Ethington Theatre stage with the EthingTony Awards. Alpha Psi Omega organized the catered, black tie event with several performances, monologues and songs from this year’s productions.

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Slideshow: Open Mic Night Attracts Talent from Across the Valley

April 29, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

More than 20 poets, musicians and performers took the stage for the GCU poetry and journalism club’s Spoken Word Open Mic Night. Students held their own with some of the Phoenix area’s most talented spoken word artists. Event host Lalli set the tone with an intro piece about not judging a book by its cover. He did an excellent job explaining the open mic platform for people who have never been to or performed at an event such as this.

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Poet FlipSide to Perform at Thursday’s Open Mic

April 27, 2011 / by / 1 Comment

He has written poems about anti-smoking, love, hip-hop and domestic violence, even publishing a book of more than 40 of them, called “Fragile: Life Is Poetic.” He’s known in the Phoenix arts community as FlipSide, and he’s coming to GCU’s Open Mic Night this week to hear and be heard. “I love to hear other people tell their story,” FlipSide says. “It’s something I wouldn’t ordinarily get. That’s fun for me.”

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Irreverent ‘Dial P’ Brings Student Crowd to Its Feet

April 25, 2011 / by / 4 Comments

Hayes, a popular instructor in the College of Liberal Arts for the past four years, will be leaving with his wife to return to Howell, Mich., for family reasons. The move has been planned by the couple for some time. The imminent departure of Hayes made the weekend performances of “Dial P for Peanuts” a bittersweet affair. In the irreverent, raucous satire, written by Hayes and directed by GCU alumnus Michael Kary, the characters from the Charles Schulz comic strip have grown up — and not for the better.

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Honors Recital Underscores Big Year for Music

April 20, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

Five students representing some of the best musical talent in the College of Fine Arts and Production performed in an honors recital Tuesday night at Ethington Theatre, giving Assistant Dean Juan Hernandez an opportunity to reflect on the successes of the 2010-11 year.

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