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Smirkos Eva Lou, Chase and Glenn

Local teens take on big adventure Editor’s note: This story first appeared on Wicked Local on July 30, 2018 and was written by Diane McLaughlin. Photos by Ruby Wallau Each year about 100 young people audition to perform in the annual Circus Smirkus summer tour, but only 30 get selected. After three years of receiving one of the coveted spots, Newton’s Chase Levy does not take the accomplishment for granted. “I’m much more driven to better myself during the summer because I’m surrounded by such amazing people, amazing artists, and our coaches are so great,” 17-year-old Levy said during Circus Smirkus’ recent stop in…

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Circus Smirkus returning to Northampton

Editor’s note: This story first appeared on MassLive on July 25, 2018 and was written by Keith O’Connor She’s just 15 and about to enter her sophomore year of high school, and already Serafina Walker knows what she wants to be “when she grows up.” One of the stars of the Circus Smirkus 2018 Big Top Tour coming to the Three County Fairgrounds in Northampton on July 31 and Aug. 1, Walker said she hopes to go to circus college in Europe or Canada after graduating from the Stoneleigh-Burnham School, then join a traveling circus. The Circus Smirkus Big Top Tour is the…

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The Bay State Troupers

This year Circus Smirkus has troupers from Texas to Vermont to Washington to Canada, but our biggest crowd hails from from Massachusetts; home of the Boston Red Sox, Plymouth Rock, and six of our troupers. Learn a little bit about the kids getting to perform in their home state this week. Alexa Wang Alexa is a 2nd year trouper. This year, Alexa is playing “The Diva”, a singer extraordinaire that is desperate to make her big break, if only the mishaps and misadventures along the way would let her song be heard. Keep an eye out for her in other…

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Circus Snacks

“Cotton candy, as Matt ‘Toy Store’ Zimmerman would say, truly is magic in a bag,” says Brian, the backlot manager, when asked his opinions on popcorn and cotton candy. Cotton candy and popcorn go with circus like jugglers and acrobats; you just can’t have the full circus experience without these classic treats. But what about the people who spend every day around the stuff? Is one snack better than the other? I set out to find some answers for you, and here they are. “I prefer to eat popcorn while I watch the show, and I watch the show every…

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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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