Audition For Smirkus

Here is where you can learn how to apply for the 2019 Big Top Tour or the 2019 Advanced Camp Sessions.

★ 2019 BIG TOP TOUR APPLICATIONS DUE NOVEMBER 1, 2018

Now Accepting Applications for the 2019 Circus Smirkus Big Top Summer Tour! APPLY NOW

The 2019 Circus Smirkus Big Top Tour is now accepting applications from youth performers between the ages of 10 and 18. While circus experience is preferred, we accept applications from talented youth with skills such as gymnastics, tumbling, and all forms of dance.

The deadline for submitting your 2019 trouper audition applications for the Big Top Tour will be November 1, 2018. 

Application Process


Who should apply:

If you are a trained student, between ages 10 and 18, in circus or other physical disciplines, have strong teamwork skills, excellent stage presence, and are interested in gaining more insight and knowledge about performing, traveling, and traditional circus arts, we encourage you to apply! All applicants must submit a video audition and application form.

Your adventures on a Smirkus Big Top tour will require physical and emotional fortitude. The Directors and Coaches are seeking performers who have the potential to become exemplary Smirkos: an exceptional level of talent and skill in your chosen discipline(s), a strong work ethic, a positive and generous spirit, and a boundless passion for circus.

Important Dates for the 2019 Big Top Tour:

  • November 1st Deadline: All 2019 Big Top Tour applications must be submitted by November 1st. All applicants will be notified by letter the week of November 20th whether or not they have been selected to take part in the live auditions. 
  • January 18-20, 2019 LIVE AUDITIONS: Live auditions will be held the weekend of January 18-20, 2019 at New England Center for Circus Arts  located at 10 Town Crier Drive. If you are invited to audition in person, you will need to prepare an act to perform.
  • June 2019: Training will begin approximately June 8, 2019. The tour will run until approximately August 18, 2019. (Dates will be finalized once the tour schedule has been completed.)

Tuition & Scholarships:

Please note that there is a tuition fee for the touring program. (The 2018 tuition fee was $7,000; the 2019 tuition fee will be similar in pricing and will be announced in November.)  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.

About the Big Top Tour

Since 1987, The Big Top Tour has brought together 30 highly motivated young performers in a traditional traveling circus environment. These young performers (called Troupers) experience a unique opportunity—performing 60-70 shows across New England, bringing circus arts to over 50,000 children and adults during the course of a summer. They work with professional circus coaches from across the country and around the World to create the 2 hour show  in a 3 week period in early June. Troupers deepen their skills in performing and the circus arts, become physically stronger, and gain maturity from the 10 week adventure. Many Big Top Tour Troupers continue onto circus and other performing careers around the world.

For further assistance with the application process or if you have any questions at all, contact tour@smirkus.org or call us at 802-533-7443 x27.

Watch an excerpt from the 2018 Big Top Tour:

★ ADVANCED CAMP APPLICATIONS DUE NOVEMBER 1, 2018

If you plan to apply for the Big Top Tour, but are also interested in Smirkus Camp Advanced Sessions, we recommend that you apply for both Tour and Advanced Camp.  (If you are selected to become a Trouper on the Big Top Tour, we’ll transfer your Camp deposit to your Tour tuition.) Please check back here October 1, 2018 for more information on camp sessions and how to apply.