The Circus Barn, Inc.

Rating: 5 stars   19 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture, Sports

Location: 1 Circus Rd Greensboro VT 05841 USA

Mission: 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 enhancing adventures in the circus arts. Smirkus’s vision for the future includes national and international recognition as an organization that offers the highest quality performance and education programs in the traditional circus arts, with an emphasis on providing the opportunity for young people to live up to their potential and transform their lives through participation in circus.
Geographic areas served: Northeastern United States
Programs: In-School Residencies, Smirkus Summer Camp, The Big Top Tour
2010 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 23-7352665
802-533-7443
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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I first went with my daughter, thinking it would be a cute kids' show. I was blown away by the professional-quality talent, staging, lighting, music. There were plenty of kids in the audience, but even more adults. What makes Smirkus different from other shows is the joyous spirit of the teenaged performers. They just lift you up, make you happy, make you laugh, make you hold your breath. They're doing this for love, and they do it so well it changes your whole outlook on the world. My daughter's in college now, but I never miss Smirkus when it comes to town.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the way it made me happy, and hopeful for the future.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the fun!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

completely into the educational, uplifting aspects of the circus arts.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

bring even more teenagers into the world of circus arts, which means teamwork, responsibility, and personal accomplishment.

Ways to make it better...

the weather had not been so hot.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding. Plenty of talented teen performers, dedicated staff and volunteers, but finance is probably on a razor's edge.

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Circus Smirkus makes magic. It's that simple. Each summer audiences fall in love with the wonder, joy, & artistry of the circus arts through Smirkus' award-winning Big Top Tour, performed primarily by talented children and teens. In addition to its tour, Smirkus brings the circus arts to thousands of children annually through school residencies and summer camp programs. My son was first introduced to Circus Smirkus by attending annual performances of the Big Top Tour. Years later, a Smirkus school residency resulted in his learning to diabolo and juggle - with a passion! As a ninth grader, he attended the Smirkus Advanced Camp, and one year later he was on tour as an official "trouper". The Smirkus experience has been a remarkable journey of transformation. Whether through residency, camp, or tour, Smirkus teaches kids to extend the boundaries of what they thought possible, and to love the unique form of art that is circus.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing kids - including my own - develop a passion & skill for the circus arts.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the shared sense of inclusiveness and in supporting the same mission.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

like family.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

establish a national circus school to reach even more children and preserve the important and unique art that is circus.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

My daugher, Aerial, was involved with Circus Smirkus over a 5 year period including camps and the touring company. As a family this experience has been a HUGE part of our lives all year round. Even though camp was for a week or two at a time and Aerial's tour experience was a 10 week period over the summer for 3 seasons ... she lived Circus Smirkus all year. It positively affected her school work and her home life. She knew that if she was all good in school that we as her folks would let her live her dream in the summer. She did more chores around the house. We owe it to the Smirkus staff for giving the kids a voice in decisions and the fact that as a whole they all depended on one another on the road ... staff and trouper alike. Aerial is now in Circus College in Quebec Canada and is following her dream. She knows what is like to train hard ... do multiple shows in a day, meet and greet audiences, face the joy of a wonderful performance and learned to accept a not-so-good show with grace and dignity. Respect ... a lot of respect on circus Smirkus amongst all. Although Aerial is off the show now as she aged out, We will continue to be involved and fly up for shows in the summer as our child gained SO MUCH from the experience. As did we! Truly, Sean Emery Meg Emery

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my own life by being inspired by the energy, fun and vitality of the young folks on the show. Their performing energy is brilliant!!!!!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Tour it to more states as they currently tour in 6 tom 7 states. More should see the show!!!!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The feeling of inclusiveness and family that Smirkus provides.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Sincere, sweaty, hard-working, dedicated,caring nurturing, respectful, fun, serious and always enthusiastic.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

bring the rewards of circus, ensemble work and touring and growth to thousands of youngsters. They would give Cirque du Soliel a run....

Ways to make it better...

I could have been a youngster in the show. and maybe lived closer to Vermont. We are in Minnesota.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Keeping great artistic directors, coaches and staff. They must keep the creative force alive. and lets not forget administration .... for planning, logistics, fund-raising (a constant). The show is in a real big top with a live band and a cook house!

One thing I'd also say is that...

I wish trouper could perform on the show until the age of 19 .....

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

 
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