Friday, 07 July 2017 14:38

Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs Hosts Circus Smirkus July 11th and 12th: Vermont’s Traveling Youth Circus Performs 30th Anniversary Big Top Tour

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Circus Smirkus, the award winning international youth circus, returns to the outdoor field at the Saratoga Casino Hotel for four “adventuresome” performances this summer. On July 11th and 12th families can gather under the Big Top Tent as the Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs proudly presents the Circus Smirkus 2017 30th Anniversary Big Top

Tour. Circus Smirkus will perform with a 1p.m. and 6p.m. show scheduled for each day. Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for children ages 2-12. Children younger than two are free on an adult’s lap. All proceeds raised will go directly to the Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs. This year’s fun-filled themed show, Midnight at the Museum, is a wild adventure through the halls of a magical museum that springs to life when the clock strikes midnight. The show will feature young aerialists and wire walkers, clowns and jugglers, live music, brilliant costumes, and the many skills of young circus artists on full display under the Big Top. As an additional feature this year, following the theme of the show, patrons will enjoy learning more about Saratoga area museums at the 1p.m. matinee performances on July 11th and 12th. The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, Children’s Museum at Saratoga and Saratoga Automobile Museum will be on site to share information about their venues and their upcoming programs and events.


Circus Smirkus is a non-profit, award winning international youth circus founded with the mission of promoting the skills, culture and traditions of the traveling circus and inspiring youth to engage in life-changing adventures in the circus arts. The 2017 Circus Smirkus Anniversary 2 Big Top Tour will include 67 performances this summer between late June and mid-August.

The show consists of thirty budding circus stars, ages 12 to 18, who represent two countries, Zambia and Canada, and thirteen states. The Vermont-based organization has raised over $2.5 million over the past 30 years for non-profit partners. Its unique 24-meter, 750-seat, one ring tent distinguishes Circus Smirkus as the only American youth circus to put on a full-season tour under its own European style “big top tent.” The ring engages the entire audience intimately – no one sits more than 25 feet from the ring – giving an up-close view of the young ensemble’s extraordinary aerial artists, contortionists, acrobats, jugglers and whimsical clowns at work. Headquartered in Greensboro, Vermont, Smirkus has received accolades from critics all over the world. Circus Smirkus was featured on the Disney channel, PBS, in the Boston Globe and the NY Times. Family Fun Magazine called Circus Smirkus “one of America’s best circuses.” “Circus Smirkus is thrilled to bring its award-winning touring youth circus back to Saratoga Springs this summer!” said Judy Gaeth, Director of Circus Operations. “Our presenter, the Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs, is a great partner filling the tent with Saratogians young and old for the past 11 years. The Saratoga Springs Waldorf School is the home of two of our former ‘Smirkos’, Keenan and Taylor Wright Sanson,” Judy commented. After 30 years, Circus Smirkus is certainly a ‘grown up”, but audiences know its youthful ensemble exhibit a timeless authenticity that is central to the nature of transformative art. 

Don’t miss the 30th Anniversary Circus Smirkus Big Top Tour, coming to Saratoga Springs July 11th and 12th. 

Tickets are available locally at the Children’s Museum at Saratoga and G. Willikers, or by calling 1-877-SMIRKUS toll-free or visiting If not sold out, tickets will be available at the door starting one hour before show time.

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