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“Heathers: The Musical” Takes Over Shaw Center


Since the beginning of the semester, 19 cast members, a director, a choreographer, and some technicians have put over 100 hours of work each for the theatre department’s spring musical, “Heathers.” I’ve been lucky enough to be the stage manager for the production, which will be my last at Graceland, and it’s been a wild ride from the get-go. “Heathers” ... Read More »

The Ancora Chorale Presents: Bloom- Love, Unity and Sacred Disruption


On Saturday, March 11, a professional choir from Independence, Missouri came to grace our wonderful recital hall here at Graceland. The Ancora Chorale is an ensemble that educates, inspires, and raises cultural awareness through consistently emotive and professional level performance. I was told by many of the music faculty to have high expectations of this group, and was not disappointed. ... Read More »

First Thursday Recitals, The Ultimate Talent Show


Every first Thursday of the month, the Graceland Music Department holds a recital that showcases the talents of music majors and minors. These recitals consist of several students performing solo repertoire in the instrument/voice of their choosing. Performers often include a wide array of instruments and musical styles. The recital always starts at noon, and this month consisted of four ... Read More »

The Process of “W;t”


Like theater productions in the past, W;t started out with auditions in the JR Theatre and read-thrus in the Shaw Center Conference Room. W;t tells the story of a fifty-year-old woman as she struggles with a rough cancer diagnosis: stage four metastatic ovarian cancer. Vivian Bearing, played by guest actress Jody Hovland, agrees to participate in eight rounds of chemotherapy ... Read More »

The Ghostlight Project

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On Thursday, January 19th, The Graceland Theater Department participated in the Ghostlight project. The goal of the project, as stated on the project’s website (https://theghostlightproject.com), is “to create a ‘light’ for dark times ahead, and to make, or renew, a pledge to stand for and protect the values of inclusion, participation, and compassion for everyone regardless of race, class, religion, country ... Read More »

Brass and Woodwind Day Recital


This recital was one of the most professional and diverse performances I have attended. After a weekend of clinics and a day of teaching local brass and woodwind players, these clinicians from multiple universities put on an incredible performance to truly showcase their instruments and talents. The performers included Larkin Sanders on the clarinet, Patrick Olmos on Alto and Soprano ... Read More »

Symphonic Band Presents: “Life is a Festival”


Two weeks ago, the Graceland Symphonic Band performed a spectacular concert called “Life is a Festival.” The band has gotten some positive recognition lately by being invited to the Iowa Bandmaster’s Association conference previously this year. As a member and advocate of the Graceland Music Department, I am constantly impressed by the competence of Dr. Erin Bodnar and the students ... Read More »

Theatre Department Presents: Speech and Debate


Graceland University’s theatre department is presenting Speech and Debate, written by Stephen Karam, for its second show of the 2016-2017 season. Directed by teacher professor Gary Heisserer, Speech and Debate stars five student actors depicting the struggle of self-discovery young teens go through in high school. The cast consists of senior Kyle DePriest, sophomores Krista Berry, Andrew Dipoto, and Haley ... Read More »

Inside the Pit


In many ways the Homecoming musical has been an institution for the Graceland community. Every year, the theater department works tirelessly to bring together a production of the quality you can usually only find at a major university. Without the help from several teams of dedicated people, the homecoming musical would never be able to come together as well as ... Read More »

The Hilltop Where We Perform


  From Left to Right: Krista Berry, Mancy Oney, Vanessa Vuckovic, Derek Burton, Terry Isley, Jileannette Figueroa Rivera, Anthony Ginger, David “Hoss” Hamar, Maceson Spencer, and Kyle DePriest. Graceland University’s Theatre Department has risen to the occasion once again to put forth a homecoming show that generations will remember. Over the past few years the department has presented musicals such ... Read More »

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