The 2022 Big Top Tour Trailer!

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Flip, Fly and Focus on Acro!

Editor’s Note: This post was written by summer Camp Communications Associate Sojourn Gudorf Johnston Our second session of the summer was a 2-week All Levels Circus Camp. Campers participated and shared in Smirkus Camp fun this week and are looking forward to one more week in the session. During the second week, the campers and coaches will begin working on their end of session show. Speaking of shows… the campers had the delight of watching the dress rehearsal of 2022 Big Top Tour: On The Road Again. It was brilliant and inspiring to observe the outcome of training and hard work. It also created…

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The Show Is Ready to Go!

Watch this Sneak Peek of the troupers training for the 2022 Big Top Tour: On the Road AgainTickets available online or by phone. Buy yours today!

Session One Smirkus Camp is Wrap!

Editor’s Note: This post was written by summer Camp Communications Associate Sojourn Gudorf Johnston 6 days, 77 campers, and countless smiles later, Session One is complete! Each morning began with a group warm-up, then off to morning rotations of: Acro, Clowning, Aerial, and Juggling. After lunch, campers participated in activities/game time, and Trick of the Day (performed by one of the coaches), and choice rotations. Choice rotations changed daily, and included: hula-hooping, water spitting, Chinese pole, trapeze, aerial meditation, clown stunts, tumbling, and more. The campers expressed their personalities through dinner dress-ups, with themes including Hats!, It Came From Under the Bed, When…

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What Does Circus Smirkus Mean to You?

Editor’s Note: This post was written by summer Camp Communications Associate Sojourn Gudorf Johnston “Smirkus is the mud and the magic!” “It’s a safe environment to be challenged.”  “It’s teamwork.”  “Smirkus is magical, joyful, exciting, whimsy, creative, colorful…” “Tradition, generations, timeless” What does Circus Smirkus mean to you? These are some of the ways that Smirkus staff members describe their camp experiences.  As the camp staff have been preparing for the camp sessions and fun to begin, they gathered and discussed what Smirkus means to them. Smirkus is an accepting and welcoming environment for everyone and provides an experience to learn the circus…

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The Troupers Have Arrived!

Editor’s Note: This post was written by summer Tour Communications Associate Lila Chafe It was a breezy summer day in Greensboro when the Circus Smirkus staff welcomed 30 troupers and their family members to the Circus Barn. The arrival of troupers officially marked the beginning of the training period for the Big Top Tour, a moment that would put years of imagination into performance. The morning began with staff members putting together final touches on bunk assignments, clown skit choreography, set development, and Pie Car menu preparation. The once quiet, planned days would soon transform into moments of bursting creative exploration,…

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Circus Smirkus Names Steve MacQueen as Executive Artistic Director

PRESS RELEASE Contact: Michele Levy President of the Board, Circus Smirkus 617-645-6672 mlevy@caravanbrandpartners.com Circus Smirkus Names Steve MacQueen as Executive Artistic Director After an extensive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG), nationally-known youth circus organization Circus Smirkus has named Steve MacQueen Executive Artistic Director. In this new role, MacQueen will provide strategic and artistic oversight for the entire Smirkus organization and promote a culture centered on excellence, innovation, diversity, equity, and inclusion.  MacQueen was most recently Artistic Director at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts. Over the course of his 24 years as an arts administrator, he…

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New Leadership. New Roles. New Adventures.

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Steve MacQueen as Circus Smirkus Executive Artistic Director — a new leadership role designed to provide strategic and artistic oversight for the entire Smirkus organization and promote a culture centered on excellence, innovation, diversity, equity, and inclusion. After an extensive national search, we found Steve right here in Vermont! For the past 10 years, he has been the Artistic Director at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, one of Vermont’s leading arts organizations. Over the course of his 24 years as an arts administrator, Steve has been the Director of Florida State University’s Opening Nights festival,…

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No Better Way to Spend Summer

Editor’s Note: This post was written by Smirkus Camp Head Coach Doug Stewart And just like that another Smirkus summer has come and gone. It feels like just yesterday I was sitting in my living room in Massachusetts assigning pen pals and counselor groups. As I am writing this, I’m looking at the tents, half-way through tear down. It’s hard to believe that just a few days ago was our final show. In some ways, it feels like it was this morning, and in other ways it feels like it was weeks ago. Time always feels strange when leaving Smirkus. At…

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Laughter Yoga

Our Lead Clown Coach Chase Culp is a certified Laughter Yoga Leader. Created by The Laughter Guru Dr. Madan Kataria, a medical doctor from India, Laughter Yoga helps people bring more laughter and joy into their lives through the daily practice of Laughter exercises. Check out some snippets from a recent Laughter Yoga class at Smirkus Camp!