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Trouper Close-Ups: Lucia Mason, Nemo Mass, and Serafina Walker

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Trouper Close-Ups: Lucia Mason, Nemo Mass, and Serafina Walker Lucia Mason is an 18 year old Trouper from Montague, MA and this is her 2nd year on tour.  She got her start in circus because, “I was a really antsy kid, and my mom wanted an outlet for all my energy, and circus is a really positive place for that.”  This year she is the rope/cube act and loves it.  She says, “I’ve done rope before, but I haven’t touched a cube until I got here!  It is really fun.”  “Lucia says her favorite part of tour is, “hanging out…

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Trouper Close-Ups: Eva Lou Rhinelander and Alexa Wang

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Trouper Close-Ups: Eva Lou Rhinelander and Alexa Wang Eva-Lou Rhinelander is a 12 year old Trouper from Melrose, MA.  She is a 2nd year Trouper and is so excited to be back on tour!  She first got involved with circus by taking a hula-hooping class.  “I like hula-hooping, but I also really like handstands and contortion a lot.”  She says her favorite part about being on tour is, “meeting new people at the homestays.” The most difficult part of being on tour for her is, ”the physical activity.  I just have to stay on top of conditioning”, which she gets help…

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A Day in the Life: Pie Car

When an audience comes to see a Circus Smirkus show, they see the final product.  They see the gorgeous costumes and the pretty lights, they hear the sensational sounds of the Smirkus band, they smell the freshly popped popcorn, all as they watch the hardworking Troupers perform. But what the audience does not see is how the crew and Troupers live while not performing.  In Circus Smirkus’ backlot, where the staff lives while on tour, there is a travelling Pie Car that comes with us.  It is essentially a kitchen on wheels, and is where all of the Trouper and…

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Smirkus Comes To Marshfield

Editor’s note: This story originally appeared in the Patriot Ledger on July 26, 2017 and was written by Mary Whitfill MARSHFIELD — Kids crowded around a circular stage, climbing over each other to get a better view as young circus performers soared, danced and spun Wednesday. Circus Smirkus, a traveling show made up of performers 12 to 18 years old, had come to Marshfield to present shows that are raising money for the Marshfield Education Foundation. “There is a useful enthusiasm and a spirit of giving these kids all share with the audience,” Circus Smirkus artistic director Troy Wunderle said….

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Circus Smirkus Troupers visit Franciscan Children’s

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On July 25th, the Circus Smirkus Troupers paid a visit to Franciscan Children’s, a center which provides special needs health care and education services for children to help them reach their full potential. The Troupers performed a version of Midnight at the Museum to a gymnasium full of appreciative kids.  The acrobats, jugglers, contortionists and a whole circus full of performances to thrill our audience.  Check out a few of our photos from the day.

Teen circus performers dazzle in Waltham

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Editors note: This story appeared in Metrowest Daily News on July 28, 2017 photos below credit Ken McGagh/Daily News Staff] They’re all under eighteen, but the kids at Circus Smirkus know how to put on a show. The traveling youth circus is at Waltham’s Gore Place this weekend and a Friday matinee show was just about sold out. The Greensboro, Vermont-based circus is celebrating its 30th anniversary this summer. The tour began July 2 in Greensboro and travels to New York, New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts, finishing back in Greensboro on August 20. Shows continue in Waltham Saturday and Sunday….

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Trouper Close-Ups: Andrew Kaefer, Lola Picayo, and Aaron Schondorf

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Trouper Close-Ups: Andrew Kaefer, Lola Picayo, and Aaron Schondorf Andrew Kaefer is a 14 year old Trouper from Maplewood, NJ.  He is a 1st year Trouper and is very excited to be apart of Circus Smirkus.  He originally got started in circus by going to a two week circus camp in New Jersey.  He also attended Circus Smirkus Camp.  “I started out doing everything, but took to juggling as the camp progressed.”  Being only 14 years old, Andrew is starting his circus career young and says he has interest in trying other disciplines within circus.  However, juggling will always be…

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A Day in the Life: The Smirkus Band

Imagine.  You have what seems to be the pinkest, softest cotton candy in the world in one hand, and a cool, refreshing iced tea in the other.  You enter the Big Top to see little ones playing with fairy wands, or dinosaur bubble blasters.  As you glance around the ring, looking for which seat available is the right one for you, a warm breeze brushes against your legs.  You smile in delight.  As you take your seat in the perfect spot, you hear the band tuning their instruments, and they begin to play a little tune. Cue the Smirkus Band….

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Trouper Close-Ups: Dylan Biedrzycki, Jack Miron, and Keiran Sass

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Trouper Close-Ups: Dylan Biedrzycki, Jack Miron, and Keiran Sass Dylan Biedrzycki is a 16 year old Trouper from Merrimack, NH.  This is his 4th year on tour, and he couldn’t be more excited to be apart of Smirkus again!  He began getting involved with circus when he went to see a Flying Gravity show, and felt inspired to teach himself to juggle.  At age 6, Dylan started taking gymnastics and later he joined a Flying Gravity after-school circus program.  He says his favorite acts are ball juggling and acrobatics.  The most challenging part about being on the road for him…

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Trouper Close-Ups: Ilse Bryan, Patrick Chikoloma, and Liam Ryan-O’Flaherty

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Trouper Close-Ups: Ilse Bryan, Patrick Chikoloma, and Liam Ryan-O’Flaherty Ilse Bryan is 12 year old, second year Trouper from Lincoln, Rhode Island.  She started getting involved with circus 3 years ago, getting her start at Circus Smirkus Summer Camp.  She began training in fabric, but has recently been getting more involved with ground work, like contortion and handstands.  Ilse’s favorite part of being a Trouper is performing.  However, on tour, the Troupers aren’t always working.  Ilse finds the hardest part of being a Trouper is, “not spending all of your money on ice-cream.”  She would also like to note that…

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