Goodbye Greensboro, Hello Essex Junction

Dear Smirkus Friends and Family,

What an exciting weekend and start to a week! Sunday, June 28, we opened our 2015 Big Top Tour, Bon Appétit! with a bang and a packed house. The hard work Troupers, Coaches, Directors and support staff put in during rehearsals really shined through and what an extravaganza of wonder and whimsy the entire day was! I could go on and on, but instead here are my favorite shots from the show! I hope this little taste has you hungry for more when Bon Appétit! comes to a town near you!

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As it is my first time traveling with a circus, I have learned and discovered so many things about circus-life and more specifically Smirkus-life. The first is that this is the most passionate and hardworking group of individuals I have ever encountered in my entire life. If you have ever had the blessing of being a part of this team then you know what I mean and if not, I shall elaborate.

Pie Car Cook, Maddie Pryor and Production Intern Jenna Raithel during setup June 29, 2015.

Pie Car Cook, Maddie Pryor and Production Intern Jenna Raithel during setup June 29, 2015.

After the last show we have in any given tent site, and even before the finale has danced its way into your hearts or the last round of applause has been clapped, we begin what is know as “tear-down.” It can take anywhere from 6 to 2.5 (record time) hours and sometimes it will fall into the wee hours of the morning. It is a time where everyone chips in and gets ready to haul out to our next site and do it all over again. The next morning we run around, finish packing everything and batoning the hatches, then hit the road. Sometimes we drive two hours and sometimes six hours, but no matter how long it takes as soon as we get there we set up as soon as we arrive.

Circus Smirkus Chapiteau going up in Essex Junction, VT.

Circus Smirkus Chapiteau going up in Essex Junction, VT.

Yesterday, June 29, when we arrived in Essex Junction, VT, for our July 1-3 shows at the Champlain Valley Expo it took approximately 11 hours to set up Millie (Concessions Tent), the Chapiteau (Big Top Tent), Helvetas (Backstage Tent), the Pie Car, Dining Area, Bunk Houses, get power, get water and set up generators. Not to mention set up lights, sound, and the bandstand for tomorrow’s show…which has spilled into today as well!

Concessions is ready to serve you July 1-3, at the Champlain Valley Expo in Essex Junction, VT.

Concessions is ready to serve you July 1-3, at the Champlain Valley Expo in Essex Junction, VT.

Members of our concessions team, Hannah Herrod and Kevin Hovanic unloading the truck to set up Millie (concessions tent).

Members of our concessions team, Hannah Herrod and Kevin Hovanic unloading the truck to set up Millie (concessions tent).

Our veteran Tent Boss, Nat Brown, ensures we safely get the tents up with a crew of roustabouts that have a range of experience from years to a week and under his tutelage they are well on their way to being seasoned professionals. Furthermore, Ben Scheff, our Technical Director has worked around the clock to make sure we have all the bells and whistles (literally) during our performances.

Tent Boss, Nat Brown doling out sage advice on top of our Big Top.

Tent Boss, Nat Brown doling out sage advice on top of our Big Top.

Production Manager, Ben Scheff literally "hooking us up."

Tech Director, Ben Scheff literally “hooking us up.”

Members of our production team Jenna Raithel (ground), Jason Ekenroth (middle) and LeeAnne Brown (top) setting up lighting and sound equipment.

Members of our production team Jenna Raithel (ground), Jason Ekenroth (middle) and LeeAnne Brown (top) setting up lighting and sound equipment.

The work may be hard, but it is so fulfilling and worth it to bring this show to fruition. Not to mention I am learning so many cool and new things! So far, I have helped tear down tents, bleachers, rigging, and production, plus I helped put up a (very small) tent and the best part…I got to use a sledgehammer to put enormous tent stakes into the ground! I don’t know if I am ready to join our industrious and tireless tent crew, but there is always next year.

Our beautiful Pie Car that delivers healthy and delicious meals three times a day.

Our beautiful Pie Car that delivers healthy and delicious meals three times a day.

We did it!  The Big Top is up and awaiting your arrival in Essex Junction for our July 1-3 shows at the Champlain Valley Expo.

We did it! The Big Top is up and awaiting your arrival in Essex Junction for our July 1-3 shows at the Champlain Valley Expo.

We did it!  The Big Top is up and awaiting your arrival in Essex Junction for our July 1-3 shows at the Champlain Valley Expo.

We did it! The Big Top is up and awaiting your arrival in Essex Junction for our July 1-3 shows at the Champlain Valley Expo.

Until Next Time,

Angelia

My first tent!

My first tent!

You say yes, I say no

You say stop and I say go go go, oh no

You say goodbye and I say hello

Hello hello

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2 Responses to Goodbye Greensboro, Hello Essex Junction

  1. MWS Events says:

    Thank you for the photos!

    As the Freeport Coordinator, I’d like to use the photo (chandelier) which is the 2nd photo to the right for our Playbill. Would you be able to send me a PDF of that?

    Than you,

    Mary

    Mary Martin Events Coordinator Merriconeag Waldorf School 207.865.3900, X.113

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  2. Hi, Mary! Please email our PR department at PR@Smirkus.org and we’ll get you everything you need! Thank you!

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