Bringing smiles to hospitalized children on our way to Freeport

Smirkos on a past visit to the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital in Portland, ME

As the Big Top tent and the Smirkus crew head to Freeport, ME for 4 upcoming shows Thursday and Friday, the troupers head to the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital  in Portland to bring some circus joy to young patients there.  As much fun as our troupers have performing in the ring, they’ll tell you in a minute that this hospital visit is one of their favorite “performances” of the season! The visit is arranged each year by our presenters at the Merriconeag Waldorf School in Freeport.

Like many Waldorf schools, Merriconeag incorporates circus arts as part of its curriculum.  Proceeds from  Smirkus  provide fuel for that excitement by supporting the circus arts program; the school was able to buy a low wire, diabolos, unicycles and juggling pins last year. Moneys earned also help fund the  tuition assistance program.

*Our circus presentation has become the hub for our connection to the greater performing arts community in Portland,” says Merriconeag spokeswoman Trace Salter. ” We bring in major artists for Master Classes, including Smirkus’s own Jesse Dryden.  We also have a Circus Arts Camp that follows our Smirkus shows and over half the campers come from outside the school.”

“This community outreach is all possible,” she added, “because Circus Smirkus continues to awe and inspire our students and the greater community.”

Thank you, Merriconeag. Hello, Freeport!

Tix here or at 1-877-SMIRKUS!  Online tickets for the 1:00pm and 6:00pm shows on August 11th and the 6:00pm show on August 12th have been all sold.  There may be still be some tickets available for these shows  at the ticket outlet- Royal River Natural Foods -207-865-0046. More tickets will be released at the door one hour prior to show time, based on space available in the tent.

See you at the circus!

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