Special to The Clayton Tribune
Sisters Cydni and Peyton Coppage of Sky Valley will take the Rearden Stage as rivals in Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School’s production of “Cirque Arqadia” this week.
This year’s show, scheduled for February 13-15, is more student-driven than ever before. Arqadia is a deconstruction of some classic fantasy elements. Audiences will see hints of Alice in Wonderland, Labyrinth, The Longest Journey, Lord of the Rings, I am Legend, and hints of many more influences all patch-worked together and reimagined as an original story that the students built the framework for.
“We began conceptualizing this show last year at this time, starting with some general concepts and slowly narrowing into the show we are about to perform,” said Fine and Performing Arts Department Chair Mr. Sean Lakey. “Students were put together into groups to piece together whole sections of the show this year and there is more of a sense of ownership.”
The day students from Sky Valley star in opposing roles in this year’s performance - Cydni playing the heroine and Peyton the villain. Arqadia will be Cydni’s fourth Cirque show and Peyton’s second. The two, who are very close, have been enjoying the opportunity to channel sibling rivalries in their performance.
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