By Jessalyn Johnson
English Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Grand Canyon University’s Ethington Theatre just opened and closed its first show of the season, Neil Simon’s “The Good Doctor,” to kick off another great year for the College of Fine Arts and Production (COFAP).
This show explores the concept of a writer who acts as the narrator, modeled after Anton Chekhov, who the content of the play’s stories are based on. The narrator, played by junior Trustin Adams, contributes to several vignettes, portrayed as short stories he has written. This role places Adams on the stage for the entirety of the performance, a huge task to take on as an actor. Simon’s play is fun and clever – each actor in each scene, under the direction of COFAP faculty member Michael Kary, used this to their advantage as they presented their talent on stage, leaving the audience laughing through the end of each act.
Crowd favorites, such as the opening scene “The Sneeze” or the closing of Act One, “The Seduction,” show little snippets of quick-witted comedy and involved storylines that have the audience on the edge of their seats, curious as to what might be next.
Ethington has continued to present high-quality theatre and continued to do so with the addition of “The Good Doctor.” The humorous, fun-loving and colorful characters were brilliantly portrayed by the hardworking students of GCU’s theatre program, providing the public with a bit of sweet humor as the university eases into another school year.
Sophomore sound designers Jalani Lee and Christina McSheffrey showed off their skills from the sound booth alongside stage manager Ashley Gennaro, a senior who took on a leadership position that allowed her to find a passion and vision for her future career. Every person involved with this production helped to create this incredible piece of theatre.
The cast and crew of this show were honored to share these moments from the stage with the audience, and the theatre is thrilled to do it again late October with a classical piece, Moliere’s “Tartuffe.”
The theatre and drama community is bursting with love and support for each person in the program and even those outside of it. The family environment that the theatre offers is only one piece of what makes each mainstage production so beautifully bound; it is clear to see that the actors, crew and production team are not only deeply connected to their craft, but with one another as well.
Grand Canyon University’s College of Fine Arts and Production offers many opportunities for those interested in pursuing a career in the arts. To learn more, visit the college website or find out more information by clicking the Request More Information button.