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Arts & Entertainment Rabun Gap presents Broadway musical ‘Smile’ to record numbers

Rabun Gap’s winter musical, “Smile,” brought record numbers to Rabun Gap, Feb.17.

It was a night of firsts for Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School’s theater group as they presented their first musical performance of “Smile” with a live orchestra Friday night. “Smile,” a rarely performed musical written by Howard Ashman and Marvin Hamlisch, lasted only 48 performances on Broadway in the mid- 80s, and was a huge technical and physical challenge for the team of more than 60 student participants both on- and off-stage. But with record numbers in attendance for their first of three performances of “Smile,” the cast, crew, and musicians performed superbly. Georgia High School Musical Theater judges were in attendance at the Saturday matinee.

Also known as the Shuler Hensley Awards, nominations will be out in March and nominees will walk the red carpet in Atlanta on April 21 to hear results. Last year, Rabun Gap received six nominations and won three Shuler Hensley awards.

Theater focus now turns to the 13th annual Cirque performance, “Fiaba De Grimm,” scheduled for April 24-26 in the Rearden Theater. Tickets go on sale March 24 online ( and in the Administration building at Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School.

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