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Teen circus performers dazzle in Waltham

Editors note: This story appeared in Metrowest Daily News on July 28, 2017 photos below credit Ken McGagh/Daily News Staff]

Daily News Staff Photos/Ken McGagh

Metrowest Daily News Staff Photos/Ken McGagh

They’re all under eighteen, but the kids at Circus Smirkus know how to put on a show. The traveling youth circus is at Waltham’s Gore Place this weekend and a Friday matinee show was just about sold out. The Greensboro, Vermont-based circus is celebrating its 30th anniversary this summer. The tour began July 2 in Greensboro and travels to New York, New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts, finishing back in Greensboro on August 20. Shows continue in Waltham Saturday and Sunday.


Full of energy, Circus Smirkus performers prepare to exit the ring. Troupers range in age from 12 to 18 years old and hail from all over the country. The Vermont based youth circus is celebrating its 30th anniversary this summer, and the tour travels through Vermont, New York, New Hampshire, Maine, and Massachusetts.

Smirkus tent res member Noah Pierce, right, and Samantha Setayesh wash the big top prior to a matinee show at Gore Place in Waltham.

Chase Levy, 16, of Newton, stretches before a matinee show.


Hannah Grove, 15, of Blacksburg, VA, applies her makeup prior to a show.