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Posted on April 10 2013

GREENSBORO, Vt. - Twenty-nine young performers are headed onto the road over the next few days as part of the Circus Smirkus summer tour that this year is going to be based on the theme of newsgathering. The performers, between the ages of 10 and 18, are scheduled to perform 70 shows across New England and upstate New York, in their one-ring, 750-seat, European-style circus tent. The troupe, made up of young people from 14 states and New Zealand, travels as part of a caravan of 23 support vehicles and scores of supporting coaches, counselors and other crew members. This year, the performers will wear costumes of reporters, paparazzi or a TV anchor - even though the music and other costumes are designed to have a 1920s feel. The juggling clubs the performers use are being decorated to look like newspapers and the circus silks, which hang from the top of the tent and are used by performers, are being made to look like newsprint. Last month, the young entertainers showed up at the circus's world headquarters where veteran circus coaches gave them three weeks to build a show before they hit the road for shows throughout New England and New York. Circus Smirkus has been based in Greensboro since its founding in 1987 by Rob Mermin, who ran away to join the circus at age 19 and spent a decade with the national circuses of Europe. The name comes from a comment Mermin's mother made when he ran off to join the circus: "Circus, smirkus, get a job." The first show is scheduled for Wednesday at the Champlain Valley Fairgrounds in Essex Junction. You may be ticked off at what someone did or said, but you can explain that without resorting to name-calling or obscenity. Remember that young people are on this site too. That nasty line that makes your buddies go "haw, haw"? You're better than that. Comments should be your own work, not copied and pasted from elsewhere, though brief quoted passages to make your point are fine. And please don't use all capital letters. There's no need to shout. Stay focused on the issue in the article. Off-topic posts will be deleted. This isn't a forum to chat about your personal life. Some ideas the fate of the earth, abortion, gun control,The Walking Dead series the nature of God aren't going to be resolved in a reader forum, so no need to get frustrated if others don't see your point of view. State your position once and leave it at that. If you mouse over each comment you will see a "Flag" button. Please use it if you feel comments on the site are out of line. And we'll keep moderating posts to try to ensure everyone meets those standards. Sister-in-law of murder suspect says couple was afraid of victimAlexis Wright pleads guilty in Kennebunk Zumba prostitution caseOxford Casino sold to Churchill Downs for $160 million cashAccused Kennebunk Zumba prostitute Alexis Wright in plea talks todayBrewer lawyer suspended 'until further order of the court' for misconduct, judicial court says Marijuana legalization: An easy way outSaturday, March 30, 2013: Food labeling, obstructionism and online pharmaciesBeware hidden costs of upfront fee in liquor dealAsk Alex Friday: We both poor Can we make it work?Media Mutt: Assaults on Freedom of Information From the Left and Right Evaluation of Maine men's hockey program will yield decision on Whitehead next monthNewburgh's Ricky Craven getting more responsibility as NASCAR analyst for ESPNDeanna Hessert resigns as Hampden Academy field hockey coachBucksportSons of Anarchy actors MMA fighter Wood signs multi-fight deal with NEF, to fight again May 18Maine snowshoers win gold at national championships
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