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Audition Opportunities at Circus Smirkus

Circus Smirkus Is Now Accepting Audition Applications for two programs: the 2018 Big Top Tour and 2018 Advanced Camp Sessions.


Who Can Apply:
Youth ages 10-18 trained in circus or other physical disciplines, with strong teamwork skills, excellent stage presence, and interest in traditional circus arts, are encouraged to apply! Video audition required – click here for more information.

What Is the Circus Smirkus Big Top Tour?
Each year since 1987, the award-winning Circus Smirkus Big Top Tour has featured 30 young performers in a traditional traveling circus. These young performers hail from across the U.S. and the world, perform 60-70 shows from June through August, and bring the circus arts to over 50,000 children and adults during the course of a summer.


Who Can Apply:

Youth ages 12-18 trained in movement or circus arts who have the desire to improve upon their existing skills and learn from public performance opportunities in a variety of programs.

All applicants are expected to excel in at least one, and have a basic knowledge of at least three, of the following skills: balance, acrobatics, aerials, clowning, juggling, styling and smiling/stage presence.

Video audition required.

Applicable Programs:

  1. Session IV Junior Road Show – Enthusiastic campers ages 12 to 16 who are interested in performing are encouraged to register and audition for this opportunity. Those selected for this small team-oriented program will work closely as a group with coaches to produce a 30-minute show in front of live audiences throughout the session.
  2. Session V Ensemble – This session is for experienced circus artists ages 13 to 18. Those accepted into this program must possess the initiative and maturity to collaborate with their peers in creating a circus show and be capable of setting and working toward personal and group goals.
  3. Session V Road Show – Road Show is a group of 10 Smirkus campers, ages 14 to 18, who perform for organizations around Vermont, such as nursing homes, childcare centers, farmer’s markets, other camps, a Church Street performance, and other outdoor festivals. Those selected for this vigorous and rewarding program work closely as a group with coaches to produce a 30-minute show.
  4. Session V Aerial Acts – With the assistance of the coaches and staff, campers will develop a 2-3 minute aerials act, by themselves or with a partner, which can be used for auditions and/or performances outside of camp. Acts will also be featured in live performance at the end of the camp session. Ages 14 to 18.