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When The Show Must Go On

“Ora,” said Troy, “go find your costume to see if it will fit Alexa.” So spoke Artistic Director Troy Wunderle to troupers Ora Lin and Alexa Wang.  Ora was fighting a stomach bug and Alexa needed to fill in for her and learn the act as soon as possible. In just two hours, in fact, Alexa would both learn and perform the act in front of a live audience. With her lunch in hand, Alexa studied a video of the aerial performance on a laptop, her eyes watching every move the girls made, and in particular, every move Ora made.  The act, called “lyra carousel”, features six troupers hanging…

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Four Sold Out Shows!

Essex Junction, VT proved to be a great success! We recently had four SOLD OUT shows at the Champlain Valley Exposition and it really gave life to our new show Vaudeville. There’s nothing like peeking through the curtain to see a full tent of happy ticket holders to drive the energy way up for the performers. Essex Junction was a happy reprieve after the recent heat wave in Waitsfield. Summers in New England, especially in Vermont where a large chunk of the shows play, aren’t known for their heat. Temperatures usually hover in the 80s, leaving the higher temps to…

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Circus Smirkus coming to Manchester

Editor’s note: This story first appeared in the Rutland Herald on July 4, 2018 and was written by Patrick McArdle MANCHESTER — It’s news as American and exciting as Fourth of July fireworks: The circus is coming to town. Circus Smirkus will perform four times in Manchester, two shows each on July 12 and 13. The four shows are the closest to Rutland County this season. Troy Wunderle, creative director at Circus Smirkus, described it as the only touring youth circus in America. This year, the circus has 30 performers between the ages of 10 and 18 from 14 different states and Canada….

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Letter from a Trouper: Theo LeBlanc

Editor’s note: This post was written by Theo LeBlanc, 1st year trouper.  Before circus (B.C.) I did your typical after-school activities – soccer, baseball, and marching band.  I never really fit in or felt like I was in the right place. Around age 9, I started doing magic tricks for my friends and family.  Magic developed into a very fun hobby. After seeing one of my favorite magicians juggling knives, I decided juggling was the coolest thing ever.  My dad had some basic juggling skills and I asked him to teach me – I was hooked! One of my middle school friends did an…

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Glover Youth Joins Circus Smirkus

Editor’s note: This story first appeared in the Barton Chronicle on June 26, 2018 and was written by Joseph Gresser  Asom Hayman-Jones of Glover stood with a crowd of casually dressed troupers in the Circus Smirkus ring on June 21. The first performance of the 2018 season was a little more than a week away, and there was plenty of work left to do to get the show ready to go. The sides of the big tent, or more properly the top in the language of the circus, were rolled up to let in light and air. Mr. Hayman-Jones, taller than most of…

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Spice Up Your Summer with a Circus Celebration!

Editor’s note: This story first appeared in the Sentinel Source on June 29, 2018 and was written by Caroline Tremblay Grab your popcorn, take a seat and get ready to be dazzled by this year’s vaudeville-themed Circus Smirkus extravaganza! On Sunday and Monday, July 15 and 16, locals will flock to the Cheshire Fairgrounds for a Big Top experience like no other. With aerials, acrobatics, wire-walking, juggling, lively music and an array of brilliant costumes, this magical event is sure to awe audience members. Circus Smirkus’ performances in Swanzey are part of a 68-show tour across the Northeast, featuring top youth performers from…

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A Circus Smirkus Sneak Peak

Editor’s note: This story first appeared in the The Valley Reporter on June 28, 2018 and was written by Katie Martin Circus Smirkus comes to The Valley next week with its new show Vaudeville and it promises to be an amazing event with extravagant and glorious costumes, stunning acrobatics and so much more. The Waitsfield Children’s Center hosts Circus Smirkus at Kenyon’s field in Waitsfield on July 2 and 3 with shows at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. The event is Waitsfield Children’s Center’s primary fundraiser of the year. Recently, this reporter was able to attend a rehearsal at the Greensboro home…

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Finding Home at Circus Smirkus

Editor’s note: This story first appeared in the Arlington Advocate on June 7, 2018 and was written by Abbi Matheson. Some kids dream of running away and joining the circus. One Arlington resident did just that, but with less running away and more acrobatic flips. Glenn Doyle, 14, leaves on June 8 for the annual Circus Smirkus Big Top Tour, which spans five states and almost two months. Doyle is an acrobat with Smirkus, but he also does some clowning and juggling. “I’m OK at partner acrobatics but I’m more of a person that likes to be thrown around and do flips…

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Opening June 29: Teaser Video

Watch a few moments behind the scenes as troupers prepare in the final week of rehearsals before opening show in Greensboro, VT on Friday June 29 – buy tickets here!