The Cirque program has become an essential part of the Rabun Gap experience. Starting in 2001, Larry Smith and his Gap Players performed the first Cirque show with a handful of dedicated students. With each passing year, the program continues to grow and evolve based on the students’ interests and abilities.
Modeled after the popular Cirque du Soleil shows, Cirque at Rabun Gap combines theatre performance, acrobatics, and dance. Student perform on apps including the Spanish web, aerial silks, trapeze, German wheel, and aerial lyra. The program is led by our arts faculty and draws on the expertise of regional cirque trainers and performers.
The Cirque program begins in Middle School. Students in grades 5-8 are introduced to Cirque apps and safety. Middle Schoolers develop confidence and ability in a supportive environment. The Middle School Cirque performers display what they learned each year in a parent showcase.
At the Upper School, students culminate their Cirque skills each year with a mainstage performance. More than 50 students are involved in producing the Cirque show each year, with roles ranging from performing to designing and managing the technical side of the production. Rabun Gap’s Cirque productions are highly-regarded in the Northeast Georgia and Western North Carolina community. Past shows have included Cirque Mysterieux, Cirque Tortuga, and Captain Cirque and the Worlds of Tomorrow.