Heating Up

Dear Smirkus Friends and Family,

It’s been cold here in Greensboro for the Trouper’s first week but things are quickly heating up for the Big Top Tour. We are 13 days away from opening as of today, Sunday 12th. Every day gets busier but the Troupers have persevered through the cold and have been hard at work rehearsing their skills.

It’s not all hard work though. The Troupers had a bonfire complete with s’mores earlier in the week. We had a silent movie night on Thursday where Greg Desanto, one of our clown coaches, taught the Troupers about a few famous clowns and some vaudeville history. In addition to performing himself, when not at Smirkus, Greg contributes to the International Clown Hall of Fame and Research Center in Wisconsin. If you’d like a taste of what the Troupers learned, be sure to check out their website as well as the Hall of Fame’s facebook page.

On Friday night, we had a special treat when our founder Rob Mermin paid a visit to talk to the Troupers. Even if you don’t think you’re familiar with Rob, you’ve likely already met! His character Robbo was the inspiration for our logo!

For those of you who do know Rob, you know that he can tell a tale like the best of them. He regaled the Troupers with stories of the early days of Smirkus, some highlights from his career, and some footage of him with a former costar Rufus the pantomiming dog!

The kids have off as I’m writing this on Saturday the 11th. Let me tell you it is quiet around the lot. They’re off visiting the Cold Hollow Apple Cider Mill in Waterbury, VT, the Bread and Puppet Museum, as well as Nana’s Thrift Store. They’ll be back later today and then it’s back to work tomorrow.

Remember Opening Weekend is in two weeks get your tickets by clicking here or calling 1-877-SMIRKUS.

Take care!



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