This upcoming weekend, Vermont’s award-winning international youth circus Circus Smirkus puts up the Big Top in Rhode Island!
Circus Smirkus, Vermont’s award-winning international youth circus, is back on the road with its 2012 Big Top Tour, celebrating a 26-year tradition of bringing joy and magic to towns all over the Northeast. The traveling youth circus performs approximately 70 shows this summer, from the mountains of Vermont to the shores of Maine, with stops along the way in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and upstate New York. The Circus will stage four performances in Rhode Island on July 19th and 20th at the Washington County Fairgrounds. Tickets prices are $17 for kids and $19 for adults. Tickets are available at www.smirkus.org or by calling 1-877-SMIRKUS.
The show is full of exuberant talent and dazzling spectacle, with aerials, acrobatics, wire-walking, juggling, trapeze, clowning, live music and an array of brilliant costumes. This year’s tour continues the tradition of theme-based shows with a tribute to the Wizard of Oz with “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”
THE SPECTACLE OF A TRAVELING YOUTH CIRCUS
Circus Smirkus is the only American youth circus to travel “under canvas;” that is, the only youth circus to put on a full-season tour under its own big top – a 750-seat, one-ring, European-style tent. The touring company consists of some 80 people including the performers and coaches, counselors, costumers, tech crew, tent crew, circus chefs and a live circus band. The tour caravan requires 23 support vehicles: five equipment trucks, three equipment trailers, four bunk trailers, seven pickups, three passenger vans and one “pie car,” where the meals are made. It takes eight hours to set up the big top, backstage and concession tents, and to prep and organize 200 costume pieces, 100 props, 70 spotlights and a mile of electrical cable.
Bring your kids, your friends, family to this local event and celebrate the circus!
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