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The Process of (Dis)connect

The student-designed set for (Dis)connect.

(Dis)connect, Graceland University’s latest production in the drama department, is a story about a man learning about himself and relationships through the experiences of the vast amount of characters of the show. It is interconnected with a mystery story that involves your stereotypical noir detective and inner monologues. The story of (Dis)connect is a fairly conventional one; sure, it contains ... Read More »

Fleur: Songs of Spring, Nature and Life

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Under Professor Sara Blessing, the choir has had immense success with their professionalism and togetherness. They are going on tour this semester and are being recognized for their achievements this semester. This concert provided an excellent outlet for the Graceland choirs to show off their chops and really impress people through their use of wonderful soloists and ensemble works. Graceland ... Read More »

Symphonic Band Starts the Semester Strong

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Despite chuckles from band members following various cat-calls from the audience, the Graceland Symphonic Band looked very professional walking across the stage. While their V- patterned organization seemed strange at first, the music that came from their instruments quickly settled any qualms I had about the lack of traditional symphonic setup. The group began the concert with an upbeat and ... Read More »

Graceland’s Theater Department Presents Love and Information

What is Love and Information? The ying-yang symbol that Graceland University’s drama department adopted for its set design is a good inclination of what it’s about. It’s the circle of life, the way we humans communicate by expressing emotions as well as passing information. Some have also described it as “a kaleidoscope of humanity, and I like that image. Watching ... Read More »

Guest Marimba Soloist: Matthew Coley

On Tuesday, February 16, Carol Hall was graced with the beautiful music of marimba virtuoso Matthew Coley. Coley is the artistic director for the Heartland Marimba Festival, and served as the Percussion Faculty in the Department of Music and Theatre at Iowa State University. Now a full time performer, he has done performances all over the world including Canada, Croatia, ... Read More »

Student Directors Need YOU to Audition!

This is a unique year for the theatre department here at Graceland University. Not only is Graceland officially running two avant-garde-esque shows, one of which will be directed by a special guest director, but there will also be eight 20-minute one-act shows from the students of the Directing II class. And they need YOUR help! This Friday, February 12th, The ... Read More »

Students Attend KCACTF Theatre Festival in Minneapolis

Chris Ortiz and Lindsay Foster are all smiles at KCACTF.

The second week of the semester, 14 students and Professor Tracy Salter attended the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF), which was held in Minneapolis, Minnesota and hosted by Normandale Community College and the Aims Center. To compete at KCACTF regionals, students must be nominated for a role in a school production in the past year. Each show, two ... Read More »

Musician’s Bio: Gage Bradley

Graceland students might recognize Gage Bradley from performances like Jazz on the Green, Percussion Ensemble concerts, Symphonic Band concerts, and last year’s Concerto Competition where he performed in front of the orchestra. If there is a concert in the Shaw Center, there is a pretty good chance Gage will be there, performing something extraordinary. Gage started his musical career by ... Read More »

Big Fish The Musical tells Fantastic Tales

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It’s time to get excited! This weekend, Graceland University presents the new musical Big Fish! A show about a father/son relationship connected through story telling and colorful fantasies. Big Fish is a tale that stretches across several years and explores the fantasies of life. The show focuses on Edward Bloom telling stories of his life to his son, Will. Will ... Read More »

To Kill a Mockingbird

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On April 1st I went to see a play adaptation of the famous American novel To Kill a Mockingbird at the Shaw Center. As an international student, I didn’t know this was a classic in American literature before arriving to the US.  I went to the play because I didn’t know much about the novel, just that it was part of this ... Read More »

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