Monthly Archives: July 2012

The Night Jump

The only thing on my mind right now is how much my hands and fingers hurt. I am typing this with fingertips that have been smashed and scraped by all manner of set pieces, boxes of equipment, mashed by steel … Continue reading

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Seven Clowns

Outside of the Big Top tent under gathering angry-looking clouds heavy with rain, seven Smirkus clowns are working hard to perfect the latest variation of a routine before the downpour that is sure to come. They are working under the … Continue reading

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Halfway

Our stop in Waltham marks the halfway point of the 2012 Big Top Tour and that means many things depending on whom you ask. Yesterday evening, before the seven o’clock show, I wandered the back lot with my cheap yet … Continue reading

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The VIP List…

Author’s note: Previous VIP guests at Smirkus shows include President George Herbert Walker Bush, producers for Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus Nicole and Alana Feld, David Mamet, Julia Child, and figures of the École Nationale De Cirque in … Continue reading

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Smirkus Troupers Visit Cirque Du Soleil

Yesterday evening, thanks to strong connections with the Cirque du Soleil community, all 29 Smirkus troupers, their counselors, and a handful of Smirkus staff were able to see the show at the Marine Industrial Park in Boston. Troupers were impressed … Continue reading

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The Office On The Road

The office on the road is not for the faint of heart. It requires working in physically cramped spaces, Internet access in remote locations, an ability to prioritize and complete multiple tasks, the most reliable cell phone service provider, and … Continue reading

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Managing the Big Top – How House Manager Brita Larson makes it happen

While here in Hanover, we have three days of shows. Three days at a given site is nice because while still being business as usual, there is an extra day to rest and everyone can focus on giving their best … Continue reading

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