Circus Smirkus coming to Middlebury

MIDDLEBURY - The circus comes to town on Friday, Nov. 13, when St. Mary's School presents its grand circus show, developed with the guidance of Circus Smirkus Artist-in-residence Rick Davis. The entire community is invited to attend the exciting performance, which will be held at 7 p.m., at the Middlebury Municipal Gym.

The show, featuring the students from St. Mary's, is the culmination of two weeks of training and rehearsal in circus arts, brought to the school by Vermont's own Circus Smirkus. Artist-in-residence Rick Davis has integrated circus into many aspects of the school's curriculum, from art to English to history, and of course, PE and drama.

Working with teachers and school staff, Rick Davis and the kids have put together a full evening of fun, including displays of juggling, tumbling, human pyramids and general mayhem. With Rick Davis acting as ringmaster, the kids get a lot of chances to shine in the center ring.

Circus Smirkus, based in Greensboro, has for 22 years brought its famous youth-only circus big-top tour to towns throughout New England, created summer memories for young campers at its summer camp, and conducted its school residency program.

For more information or directions to the event,call 388-8392. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and admission is free if you bring a smile.

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