Dear Smirkus Family and Friends,
Last night, after over ten weeks and 66 shows we completed our 2015 Big Top Tour here, in Greensboro, Vermont. Friday we had our “Joke Show” where the staff and Troupers alike get to be a part of added gags and inside jokes, it was a fun and hilarious way to kickstart our finale weekend.
Saturday, we started our day with final council. At this emotional final council the Troupers gave superlatives, spoke about what Smirkus has meant to them and what a huge role the friendships made over the years have played in their lives.
Yesterday after the shows, there was a parents soiree, where the Trouper parents spoke about what Smirkus has meant to them and their children, and how they wish they had a group growing up that had as much love for each other as the Smirkos have one another. As a crew member, I can attest to the fact the message is universal throughout the Smirkus family, Circus Smirkus will forever change you and your life. Being a part of something this powerfully moving that brings so much joy to others is rewarding in its own light, but the fulfillment it has given each and everyone of us to go down the road together is immeasurable and inexplicable.
I want to close with something many of the Troupers expressed in their final speeches. Smirkus is a magical place that is wonderful, kind, communal, fair and accepting of all walks and I will carry a little bit of Smirkus out into the world with me forever and will never forget the magic I experienced my summer with Smirkus.
See you down the road,
“It’s a funny thing about coming home. Looks the same, smells the same, feels the same. You realize what has changed is you.”
- F. Scott Fitzgerald