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Auditions are now closed for

the 2017 Circus Smirkus Big Top Tour

The deadline for submitting your 2017 trouper audition applications for the Big Top Tour has come to a close. You can still have fun with Circus Smirkus this summer by applying to Smirkus Camp and by attending one or more of the nearly 80 performances of our Big Top Tour as it travels through New England.

If you would like to audition for the 2018 Tour, please send your name and address to to request a 2018 audition packet. We’ll keep your name on file and send your packet next fall when auditions re-open.

About the Big Top Tour:

Since 1987, The Big Top Tour has brought together 30 motivated circus students to travel with a traditional traveling circus that performs between 60-70 shows across New England. This unique performance opportunity shares Smirkus’ mission of bringing circus arts to over 20,000 children and adults throughout the summer. Smirkus hires high level circus coaches from across the country to help train Troupers and create the 2 hour show over a 3 week period in early June. Many Big Top Tour Troupers continue onto circus careers around the world. Troupers gain in depth knowledge in performing and the circus arts, become physically stronger and gain maturity from going on such a big adventure.

Important Dates:

January 13-15th, 2017 LIVE AUDITIONS: Live auditions will be held the weekend of January 13-15th, 2017 at Austine School, 209 Austine Drive, Brattleboro, Vermont – If you are invited to audition in person, you will need to prepare an act to perform.

June 2017: Training will begin approximately June 10, 2017. The tour will run until approximately August 20, 2017. (More specific dates can not be given at this time as the tour is not yet booked for the 2017 season.)

Tuition & Scholarships:

Please note that there is a tuition fee for the touring program. This cost covers training, housing, food, uniforms and transportation costs for the rehearsal and tour period. No one is denied participation because of financial need. If you are accepted into the troupe, you may apply for scholarship aid at that time. (In 2016, the tuition fee was $6500).