Archive for August 1st, 2009

Circus Smirkus

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

Recently, we took the kids to an area youth circus in Greensboro, Vermont.  The Circus Smirkus is a very professionally presented group of teenagers who progress through summer circus camps and train to present a show every summer throughout New England.  We had never seen them before, and we were very impressed.  I haven’t seen Cirque du Soleil for a number of years, but the types of acrobatic displays were very similar.  These kids were good!  Almost the most impressive part was the grace with which they carried on when they dropped the item they were juggling, or fell off their unicycle.

The theme for this year’s show was fairy tales (I was a  bit disappointed in myself to realize that my kids don’t know many of those stories; I have to work on that.)  One of the common threads running throughout the show was the Big Bad Wolf chasing Little Red Riding Hood.  The young man playing the wolf was one of the veterans of the group, and was very entertaining.  Anna was absolutely smitten with him.  We waited a bit after the show to mingle with the performers, and Anna and Will got a chance to chat with him for  a bit.  Anna was dumbstruck; it was very cute!