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Coach’s Corner: Jessica Jay

Editor’s Note: This post was written by Tour Communications & PR Intern Emma Burke In addition to myself and a handful of first-year troupers, the 2019 Circus Smirkus Tour welcomed a number of new staff members as well. One of this summer’s most welcomed additions is Jessica Jay, one of our aerial coaches whose warm smile and positive attitude I look forward to greeting every day. Jessica is the owner of the aerial training facility, Sora Aerial Arts, and artistic director of the professional entertainment & aerial theatre company Sora Contemporary Circus located in Lexington, KY. Jessica works as an aerial teacher trainer with the…

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Get Ready Here They Come!

Watch this Sneak Peek of the troupers training for the 2019 Big Top Tour: CarnivalTickets available online or by phone. Buy yours today!

Arrivals at The Circus Barn

Circus Smirkus

Editor’s Note: This post was written by Tour Communications & PR Intern Emma Burke 1 Circus Road. The soothing voice of my GPS tells me to bear left as I approach a street sign that I have never had the pleasure of seeing before. As my Hyundai Sonata fights against the knobby dirt road, I start to have cold feet. What am I doing? What did I get myself into? It was only a number of months ago that I gingerly applied for the position of Tour Communications and PR Intern at Circus Smirkus, a traveling youth circus that I had only heard of…

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The Smirkus Season Ahead

Circus Smirkus

Now, where did that winter go? Honestly, no one in Vermont is really saying that… Winter was still with us last week! And if you walk into the woods around Smirkus’ World Headquarters, you’ll still find piles of snow and ice hiding in the shadows. Despite the long, cold winter, it seems like only yesterday that we were parking our unicycles, stowing the trapezes, and lowering the tents for the season. And yet, here we are again: ready to launch an exciting new season for both Smirkus Camp and the Big Top Tour! Smirkus Camp is in the midst of…

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Alumni Profile: Emily Gare

China. Europe. UK. South America. Australia… I was lucky to catch former Smirko Emily Gare while she was at home for a short stint in Melbourne, Australia. Originally from Wellington, New Zealand, Emily is now booked full-time as a career circus performer. You may remember Emily from the Big Top Tours: 2011 Frontpage Follies & 2012 Topsy Turvy Time Travel. So how did someone all the way from New Zealand make their way to Vermont? Emily learned about Smirkus from another New Zealander, past Smirkus coach Jennie Ritchie, who encouraged Emily to audition. So at age 13, Emily sent in her audition…

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Letter from a Trouper: Frederick Buford

Smirkus Camp

Editor’s note: This post was written by Frederick Buford, longtime Smirkus Camper and 1st year trouper.  WATCH: Here is Frederick’s fall audition video for the 2019 Big Top Tour, which includes footage of his summers spent at Smirkus Camp. When I first arrived at the magical Circus Smirkus Camp in 2016, I had no idea that, three years later, I’d receive a call saying I would be accepted to perform on the Big Top Tour. I’ve loved circus for as long as I can remember. I was first introduced to circus when I lived in France and got to see one…

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Announcing the 2019 Troupers!

Will Ciardialli

Watch this video to meet our 2019 Big Top Tour troupers! Congratulations to the 30 young circus artists, ages ranging from age 11-18, who will go on the road this summer performing nearly 70 shows all over New England in our beautiful circus tent! There are 21 returning troupers and 9 new troupers, consisting of 15 Girls and 15 Boys. The troupers reside from the following United States (CO, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VA, VT, and WA) and Internationally (Canada). Stay tuned for our tour schedule and ticket information. Tickets go on sale May 1, 2019. Special thanks to Andrew Levy and Andy Bell for filming the…

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