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NBC Visits Circus Smirkus

Watch this video of NBC Nightly News Kids Edition with Lester Holt: The NBC Nightly News team came to visit Circus Smirkus in Greensboro, VT. Reporter Kristen Dahlgren got to know our troupers, watched the show and met with Interim Co-Executive Directors Josh Shack and Rachel Schiffer. You can watch the episode above. For more information about the Big Top Tour or Smirkus Camp, visit smirkus.org.

There’s A Lot Going on at Advanced Camp!

Editor’s Note: This post was written by Camp Photographer & Communications Assistant Will Ciardelli The last few weeks during our Advanced session were amazing! And Road Show session campers headed out on the road to perform over 20 shows. On July 23, when the Advanced campers arrived we did some fun games to get everybody acquainted with one another before heading into our busy week! Our days were structured with rotation groups as per usual, the individual session campers had their own group, and the ensemble was broken into three different groups while Road Show remained on their own schedule. Campers went tent to tent doing different exercises…

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Watch the 2023 Smirk-o-Thon!

Watch this video of our 2023 Smirk-o-Thon: On July 28, we hosted a live stream of our 2023 Smirk-o-thon Fundraiser where our troupers and alumni competed in circus contests of skill and endurance (with lots of fun sprinkled in), hosted by Big Top Tour alum and coach Patrick Tobin and alum Sarah Tiffin! You can still donate to help us meet our goal of raising $10,000 to support the programs and mission of Smirkus and create life-changing experiences of memories, friendships, and a summer of success under the Big Top! Donate here!

Shows, Shows and More Shows!

Editor’s Note: This post was written by Camp Photographer & Communications Assistant Will Ciardelli Our Intermediate and Skills Intensive session was jam-packed with incredibly productive training sessions, tiring rehearsals and two fabulous shows. The focus of our second week was put towards creating a showcase that was presented on the final Friday to family and friends. Coaches brainstormed with the intermediate campers to decide a theme for the show they were working to create, ideas such as Outer Space, Western, even a Beyoncé theme were considered but we ended up building the show around the theme of Adventure. This opened up a great pool of ideas including an Indiana…

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Watch the 2023 Big Top Tour Trailer!

Watch this video trailer of the 2023 Big Top Tour: The 2023 Big Top Tour: A Midsummer Night’s Circus is on the road! Check out this trailer created by trouper Ian Kent and you’ll see what the show is all about. We’d love to see you at a show this summer. The tour travels all over New England from July 1 – August 19. The schedule and tickets are available at smirkus.org/about-big-top-tour/

Circus Smirkus Works its Big Top Magic at Farr’s Field

Editor’s note: This story first appeared in the Waterbury Roundabout on July 9, 2023 and was written by by Olivia Conti and Sadie Ensana with photos by Gordon Miller As performers wearing colorful costumes entered the Circus Smirkus ring, they captured the gaze of wide-eyed children among the 750 audience members seated under the big top tent on a hot July afternoon. Performers Avery Steere and Cora Williams playing the roles of a king and queen effortlessly and elegantly rode unicycles as audience members’ eyes followed them in circles. Although this was Waterbury’s first year hosting the Vermont-grown youth circus, ticket sales were…

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Opening and Our First Jump!

Editor’s Note: This post was written by summer Tour Communications Associate June Mello The time since our last update has been full to the gills with activity, as well as new experiences and fun. After concluding the final week of creation, we opened the touring season with two shows on July 1st at our home base in Greensboro. Both shows were sold out and we had some press coverage that day as well. The troupers did an amazing job, and it was great to see all the work they had done come together at last. But there was no time to rest! Immediately after the…

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Creation and Show Time at Camp!

Editor’s Note: This post was written by Camp Photographer & Communications Assistant Will Ciardelli Another end to another exciting week! The unofficial theme of this week was Show Creation where campers switched gears from learning new skills to act creation! Instead of our usual rotation group based classes, we switched to rehearsal blocks. After campers chose their acts, they met in their groups and put their creative energy into the act creation process. This was a first for many of our campers which offered a vital experience for our budding circus artists and performers. Although it’s a difficult job, our campers worked incredibly hard…

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Circus Smirkus Rolls into Three County Fairgrounds

Editor’s note: This story first appeared on MassLive.com on July 6, 2023 and was written by Keith O’Connor Photo by Justin Miel Eva Lou Rhinelander loves clowning around. But even more, she likes wrapping herself up into all sorts of contortions, not to mention going round-and-round with the hula hoop. Rhinelander, 18, who hails from Melrose, is one of the many young stars of Circus Smirkus, which rolls into the Three County Fairgrounds in Northampton on Saturday and Sunday. Showtimes are Saturday at 1 and 6 p.m. and Sunday at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. This year’s tour continues the tradition of Smirkus’…

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The Show is On the Road!

The 2023 Big Top Tour is out on the road! Watch this video for a preview: We’ve sold out our first two sites! Don’t wait to purchase your tickets ! The troupers and all the staff are thrilled to present the 2023 Big Top Tour: A Midsummer Night’s Circus for you! The tour travels all over New England from now through August 19. The schedule and tickets are available at smirkus.org/about-big-top-tour/