Circus Smirkus Returns to Saratoga!
July 11 @ 1:00 pm - July 12 @ 6:00 pm| $20 - $25
Circus Smirkus Returns to Saratoga Springs on July 11th and 12th
Tickets go on sale beginning May 1 st
photo from Circus Smirkus blog
Circus Smirkus, the acclaimed international youth circus, returns to the outdoor soccer field at the Saratoga Casino Hotel for four 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.” Performances are scheduled for 1PM and 6PM each day. Tickets are $25 for adults 13 and older and $20 for children 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 tour continues the tradition of Smirkus theme-based shows with Midnight at the
Museum. As an added attraction, the 2017 performances celebrate a milestone: The Circus
Smirkus 30th Anniversary Big Top Tour! Midnight at the Museum creates the excitement of a
wild and wonderful adventure through the hallowed halls of a magical museum! Attendees will
embark on an enchanted journey with astonishing aerialists, courageous clowns, and wily
wirewalkers as they explore a museum that springs to life when the clock strikes midnight.
Thirty budding circus stars ages 12 to 18 bring youthful exuberance and polished circus skills
from across the country and the world. The 2017 performance troupe hails from thirteen states –
California, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey,
New York, Rhode Island, Virginia, Vermont, and Washington – and two foreign countries,
Canada and Zambia. The show is full of talent and spectacle, with aerials, acrobatics, wire
walking, juggling, clowning, live music and an array of brilliant costumes.
The Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs first brought Circus Smirkus to Saratoga in 2007 as a
fundraising and outreach event. “We have valued our partnership with Circus Smirkus over the
past 11 years and can’t wait to present this year’s 30th Anniversary production to the
community,” said Anne Maguire, Administrator of the Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs. “In
addition to being an amazing event, it’s a wonderful way for our school to give back. Through
our ‘Magic Matinee’ program we donate tickets to local not-for-profits that serve underprivileged
families so they can attend the circus too!”
Astrea Ravenstar, the grade 7 teacher at Waldorf, uses circus arts with her class
because Circus Arts teach children collaboration, focus, flexibility, and confidence. “When
you’re juggling” Mrs. Ravenstar explains, “you have to be aware of many moving pieces at
once, including the space around you. The flexibility and spacial awareness to move with what
is around you translates directly to a flexibility in thinking and problem solving in the classroom!
It is quite amazing!”
Matt Kopans, Director of Community Outreach and Development for the Waldorf School of
Saratoga Springs commented, “We love bringing Circus Smirkus to the area for the entire
community to enjoy. I can’t wait to see what they do for their 30th anniversary this year. The theme – Midnight at the Museum – seems perfect!”
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. Circus Smirkus is the only American
youth circus to put on a full-season tour under its own Big Top, a 24-meter, 750 seat, one ring
tent in the European style. Now in its 30th year, the Vermont-based organization has raised
over $2.5 million for non-profit partners.
The Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs draws upon the successes of Waldorf schools worldwide
to provide a strong focus on math, science, literature, languages and the arts through
hands-on, experiential learning. Currently entering its 34th year of operation, the Waldorf
School of Saratoga Springs educates children from pre-school through the 12th grade. For more
information, visit www.WaldorfSaratoga.org.
Tickets for Circus Smirkus will be available starting May 1st by calling 1-877-SMIRKUS toll-free
or visiting www.smirkus.org. Tickets will be available locally in Saratoga Springs beginning in
May at the Children’s Museum at Saratoga on 69 Caroline Street and at G. Willikers at 461