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2024 Circus Smirkus Big Top Tour - Swanzey, NH

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ORGANIZATION: Circus Smirkus

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Every summer, a freshly auditioned company of Smirkus Troupers, ages 10 to 18, take to the road in traditional mud show fashion for a two-month performance tour of New England. Backed by professional coaches, cooks, musicians and crew, our Smirkos perform to sell-out crowds in Circus Smirkus’ very own 750-seat European-style one-ring big top tent.

Each year brings a new storyline and original full-length show combining the best in traditional and contemporary circus styles. We give our Troupers the full experience of touring in a classic traveling tent show. That means a complete immersion in circus life. Smirkos endure rigorous training, daily chores and the loading in and loading out of the Big Top. They revel in the joy of performance and the camaraderie of a common purpose - the passion of a shared dream and nearly 50 shows in just six weeks.

As a non-profit organization, we rely on volunteers to assist with putting on our circus spectacle! All volunteers will receive complimentary access to watch the show for which they volunteer! Below you will find our sign up links and role descriptions.

Please find more information about volunteering here:

https://www.smirkus.org/ whoswhoboard/volunteer/

Please find the sign up link for the 2024 tour volunteer shifts:


Position Descriptions:

Parking Attendant: This position is for adults 18+. You will direct traffic to our parking area. This includes helping those who might need accessible parking and directing groups. Please plan to be on site 1.5 hours in advance of the show.

Ticket Takers: This position is for adults 18+. You will be responsible for checking tickets as people enter into the tent. You may also be asked to help stuff flyers into the program. Please plan to be on site 1.5 hour in advance of the show.

Program Distributors: This position is for anyone 12+. You will be handing out programs to audience members as they enter the tent. You may also be asked to help stuff flyers into the program. Please plan to be on site 1.5 hour in advance of the show.

Ushers: This position is for adults 18+. You will be responsible for helping audience members find seating in the tent. This includes helping people with special ADA seating needs. Ushers will be seated in front row seats in order to monitor kids along the ring curb throughout the show. Please plan to be on site 1.5 hour in advance of the show.

Front of House: This position is for adults 18+. You will help either the Box Office Manager or House Manager as needed. This can include helping walk patrons between the box office and the tent for special seating assistance, answering questions, helping keep ticket lines in order. You may be called on for other roles as needed. This position requires someone who is willing to be flexible with duties. Please plan to be on site 1.5 hour in advance of the show.

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About Circus Smirkus


One Circus Road, Greensboro, VT 05841, US

Mission Statement

The mission of Circus Smirkus is to promote the skills, culture and traditions of the traveling circus and to inspire youth to engage in life-changing adventures in the circus arts.


Circus Smirkus is a youth circus organization that provides opportunities for young people to experience the circus arts. Each summer the Big Top Tour, with a cast of about 30 talented youth from 12-18 years old, tours New England, performing 2 shows a day for seven weeks in 15 venues, delighting audiences in its 750 seat European-style big top tent. The Tour showcases the best young talent in the Circus Arts today, selected by audition to share the ring with professional circus artists. Circus Smirkus is presented in most towns by a local non-profit youth or community organization. The ticket sales and sponsorships they raise through our performances provide a major souce of income for their programs. Smirkus summer camps provide training and fun as children learn the circus arts from professional coaches. Kids as young as 6 can experience the magic of circus, while advanced camp provides opportunities for talented teens. Smirkus residency programs bring the circus to the classroom, with unique learning experiences for kids and teachers. Circus is a non-competitive physical art form that extends easily to any part of the school curriculum. Circus training requires the same dedication, discipline, and hard work of any sport, but it stresses collaboration rather than competition.


Arts & Culture
Children & Youth
Arts & Culture, Children & Youth, Community


Sat Jul 13, 2024 - Sun Jul 14, 2024


247 Monadnock HighwayCheshire FairgroundsSwanzey, NH 03446




  • Kids
  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Must be at least 18
  • 2-4 hours depending on position
  • Some positions (e.g. program distributor) available for ages 12+. All others must be 18+.

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