We pity those of you that have already used up your summer Vegas trip.

That's because we here at The Realests have discovered that not only is Brian Ellerbe hanging out in Sin City, former Olympic and Michigan gymnast Elise Ray is also there performing in Cirque du Soleil (coincidentally, that's what we suspected Ellerbe was doing).

She is part of the "Cadre "act, twirling on a high bar as a zebra. Yes, you read that correctly.

It's hard out there for a former gymnast. Just ask 2004 gold medal winner Carly Patterson, who is currently trying to launch a singing career.

Or ask Ray's former teammate at Michigan, "Ms. Thang" Calli Ryals, who is still plugging away at a career in film. After a critically acclaimed debut in Stick It, the only thing to change on her IMDB page in the last two years are publicity photos she got done herself.

Anyway: Kick back, drop a couple quaaludes and enjoy the freak show.


Melanie said...

Poor Calli - when I interviewed her her graduating year, she told me she was gonna do Cirque...

I did freak out a little when I saw her in Stick It. Too bad she didn't have any lines. Still cute as hell.

Anonymous said...

Are you aware that Cirque du Soleil is the premier troupe of its type in the world? Elise Ray should be proud to have landed such a highly regarded gig. I have attended a couple Cirque shows myself and came away very impressed--and I know at thing or two about movement theatre.