Some children sleep with a favorite lovey or stuffed animal. My children…. they sleep with their Circus Smirkus playbook which contains pictures of last year’s show and performers. Currently it’s in my 3 year old’s bed, though soon I am sure her 6 year old brother will snatch it back. They “read” it daily, talk about acts and performers they enjoy, and practice their own circus routines.
Circus day is one of our favorite days of the summer. We look forward to this day all year and spend the weeks before the show getting as many friends as we can to join us for the show. We have signed up for news from Smirkus so we are sure to not miss out.
Here are some important facts about Circus Smirkus:
Circus Smirus is Vermont’s own award-winning, international traveling youth circus founded in Greensboro Vermont in 1987 with the mission of promoting the skills, culture and traditions of the traveling circus and providing a forum for kids to engage in life-enhancing adventures through the circus arts. Its three programs include the Big-Top Tour, the only touring youth circus in the country. Its acclaimed in-school and after-school Ringmaster Residencies, and Smirkus Camp, America’s only residential circus arts training conducted in a traditional summer camp setting.
Circus Smirkus is the only youth circus in the country to travel “under canvas” – that is, as a traditional traveling show complete with a Big Top tent.
Smirkus is a 501c3 non-profit with eleven year round employees and 85 seasonal staff, based out of Greensboro, VT.
Smirkus is not just for kids, but it is performed by kids. Just kids! This year’s troupe includes 30 kids, ages 10-18, from 9 states and Mexico. After just 3 weeks of working together in June the troupe will travel to 15 cities in 7 weeks and perform in 66 shows. Now that’s a summer “vacation”!
These young performers are enthusiastic, energetic, and amazing! They work together with trust and ease. They will dazzle audiences with their grace and precision. They will wow watchers with their talent and skill. Though I do not personally know any of performers I am emotionally proud of them at the end of each show.
My family has been lucky enough to go see Circus Smirkus the last three years and we already have our tickets for this year’s show. I suggest that everyone go see this circus. Take your friends, tell your neighbors, make it a family affair.
Circus Smirkus kicks off this Sunday at their home base in Greensboro. From there they will travel to St Johnsbury VT, Hanover NH, Saratoga Springs NY, Freeport ME and more. Find ticket information here.
This year’s show is titled Anchor’s Away For Atlantis. “Ahoy there! It’s all hands on deck as we dive into another season with Circus Smirkus. This time we set sail for adventure on the high seas and take the plunge for fathoms of fun. Discover maritime merriment under the briny big top, where we explore the vast ocean in all of its beauty and mystery – both above and below the surface. Join our intrepid crew as we climb the rigging with aquatic aerialists, tumble the surf with amphibious acrobats, even catch and release some fishy jugglers. Help turn the tides for the castaway clowns set adrift in center ring. This nautical production will be ship shape, so hold your breath and ride the wave as Circus Smirkus proudly presents Anchors Away for Atlantis.”
I am thrilled to announce that Circus Smirkus is hosting a giveaway with Try Vermont First! Be sure to enter this giveaway daily to increase your chance of winning, and LIKE Circus Smirkus on Facebook for real-time updates, pictures, videos, and more. (Note that our winner will receive a family four pack of tickets to a show of their choice in one of the following cities: Hanover NH – July 5-6, Swanzey, NH July 15-16, Sandwich MA July 21-23,Waltham, MA July 25-27, Montpelier August 10-13.)
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Enjoy the SHOW!