Dear Smirkus Family and Friends,
We did it everyone! We entertained 66 audiences in 15 towns over 7 weeks. The Troupers performed their last shows in Greensboro in front of sold out crowds including our annual Joke Show on Friday. The Joke show is a tradition that gives the Troupers a chance to have some goofy moments in the ring while still putting on a great show for the folks that came. My personal favorite was the staff run-through during the club juggling act which naturally included three dogs and a faux marriage proposal.
The Troupers left with their families yesterday morning after a prolonged and tearful farewell. It’s hard to say goodbye to people that you’ve spent nearly every day of the last 10 weeks with, but it’s made easier knowing that they’re going on to do great things. We had 7 seniors this year. They all have diverse interests, with some who will go on to continue studying circus or traditional studies.
I’m not sure what else do say. The tour experience is transformative. I’ve probably worked harder than I ever have before and made true friendships among my coworkers and the Troupers. I will miss them but there is a saying around here; “in the circus, we never say goodbye, we say, see you down the road.”
Roads go ever ever on
Under cloud and under star,
Yet feet that wandering have gone
Turn at last to home afar.
J.R.R. Tolkien – The Hobbit