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Smirkus Camp is Underway

This blog post was written by Head Counselor Nathan. Hello Smirkus world! Head Counselor Nathan here. I am thrilled to be back at camp welcoming so many returning campers and getting to know the new members of our Smirkus Camp family! Our summer started off by hosting our youngest campers for a day of intro to circus.  We enjoyed a rotation through our two big top tents Mama Mia and Natalie, and a trip to our clown tent Ruby. In the afternoon they got the opportunity to share their new skills with family and friends and to celebrate Pie Day- a Smirkus…

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Opening Day Logistics

Rehearsals are well underway here at 1 Circus Rd.  The Troupers are hitting their marks, the band is playing music for all to hear, the coaches are working through every fine detail, and tech is right on cue.  Truth is, there’s a truckload of work going on behind the scenes to get this tour in motion! Concessionaires are popping popcorn and hanging tutus, while tent crew is putting down gravel in the backstage tent, so that both crew and Troupers are safe, and won’t slip on the mud.  Everyone is doing their part to get ready for the big opening day…

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Arrival Of The Troupers

Another summer, another Big Top Tour from Circus Smirkus!  This year, our 30th Anniversary tour, began like every other – with the whirlwind arrival of troupers in early June for three weeks of rehearsal at Smirkus World Headquarters in Greensboro, Vermont. It was a whirlwind of farewells, joyful reunions, and introductions to the counselors, coaches, directors, staff and crew!  With the Big Top in view, along with Charlotte and the Academy (the names of the accompanying tents and rehearsal spaces), it was a homecoming for all involved in preparing the Big Top Tour, and all were eager to get started on the journey…

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30th Anniversary Banquet

On the Saturday before opening day of the Big Top Tour at Circus Smirkus, each year all of the people involved in putting on the show enjoy a fabulous meal and “No Talent Talent Show” on the grounds of Smirkus World HQ in Greensboro, Vermont. Enjoy the pictures below for a peak into our celebration. Banquet is a annual opportunity for Troupers, staff, and crew to celebrate the impending opening of the Big Top Tour on the last Saturday before the show opens.  Featuring phenomenal food lovingly prepared by the incomparable Pie Boss Andrew Levy and Pie Car staff, the meal was followed by speeches…

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Getting Camp Ready

On Saturday June 3, volunteers around Vermont came to Circus Smirkus camp to decorate and beautify the grounds for the 2017 camp season. At Smirkus camp, we take our responsibility as temporary surrogate circus parents very seriously. From homesickness to the highwire to their health, we promise to be vigilant, caring and prepared. Your kids become family to us and they will be treated accordingly. We will challenge them, care for them, and support them. And we too will beam with pride at their accomplishments this season. Many thanks to the volunteers who helped us prepare the grounds for Camp. We…

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Circus Season Begins

Ed LeClair, Circus Smirkus Producer and Executive Director

​I often get the question, “How in the world do you guys put together a circus?” I don’t know how other people do it, but here at Smirkus we keep it simple. I tell staff, “Start by recognizing that you are a part of something larger than yourself. Encourage each other to take pride in all our combined efforts. Be kind, funny, and imaginative. Welcome every new person you meet. Feed whimsy whenever you can. Everything else will take care of itself.” Right now it’s hard to hear yourself think around here. There is a constant staccato of hammers and…

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Reflections on Smirkus Adult Camp

Editor’s Note: This blog post first appeared in Misadventures Magazine, and was written by former Smirkus Adult Camper Jennifer Brodowski, who works for the U.S Army in Civil Service, stationed in Wiesbaden, Germany. There’s still room for you at Smirkus Adult Camp (June 8-10, 2018) In 2016, the famous traveling youth circus and camp, Circus Smirkus, opened its doors for the first time to adult campers, for an aptly-named “Big Kid Camp.” Until now, Circus Smirkus has made its name working with children: every year, they select 30 performers aged 18 and under to perform in the Circus Smirkus traveling show…

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12 Year Old Dreams Of Finding A Circus Camp

This summer, Circus Smirkus camp welcomes 12-year old Audrey Webb all the way from Flower Mound, Texas. We learned about Audrey through a feature on her local news station and we were really impressed with her dedication to circus and her desire to find a camp to hone her skills deeper.  So much so, in fact, that we offered her a scholarship to Smirkus camp this summer. Audrey goes to school online through the Texas Online Preparatory School and says having the classroom in your bedroom has its perks. She can go to class whenever she wants, takes courses meant…

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Lakeview Residency Update

The Lakeview Elementary School in our hometown of Greensboro, VT has about 80 students in grades K – 6. This school year something extraordinary happened there – nearly half of these kids participated in an extended Smirkus Residency that lasted about half of the school year within their PE class. For me, as a former classroom science teacher and longtime unicycle coach, this was a chance to get to know many of our local kids and their parents, while expanding my skills in teaching circus arts. In this project I was fortunate to be mentored by Jackie Davis, a Circademic,…

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Best of CV Profiles Smirkus

Editor’s note: This piece written by Corey Burdick was originally published in the print edition of the Best of Central Vermont, June 2017 issue. Come one! Come all! It’s the excitement of acrobatics, juggling, and live performance for the whole family! Where? Right here in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. Circus Smirkus is celebrating its 30th anniversary in style with Midnight at the Museum, the 2017 Big Top Tour. From the opening of the tour in early July to its mid August finale, Circus Smirkus will perform 69 shows in five states. The theme-based shows will include aerial acts, wire walking, clowns, and…

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