The Circus Smirkus will make its annual stop in Revere this weekend, Aug. 12 and 13, to perform four shows at the Beachmont School and give those in attendance a little peek into the past, present and future.
The beloved youth circus will perform ‘Topsy Turvy Time Travel’ in shows starting at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. both days, while at the same time celebrating its 25th Anniversary as a youth circus troupe.
“The clock is ticking, time is running out and every second counts as we approach the 25th year of Circus Smirkus with a tantalizing trip through time,” read a press release. “Mark your calendars and hop aboard our circus-powered Time Machine as we explore endless eons of fractured fun throughout history and beyond. Enjoy a split second spectacle as we arc through the ages with acrobats, soar the centuries with aerialists, jump decades with jugglers and discover preposterous playful pre-hysterical clowns.”
This year’s performers include 29 stars between the ages of 11 and 18 – with them hailing from 10 states and two foreign countries.
Troupers are selected for skill, character and personality through an audition process that begins each fall. The show is created over the winter months. Then, in three intense weeks in early June, the troupers arrive and the show is rehearsed at Smirkus headquarters in Greensboro (pop. 772) in Vermont’s remote Northeast Kingdom. During this time, troupers work closely with coaches, a choreographer, composer and costumer. Then the circus hits the road for a seven-week tour, during which troupers learn the ropes of traditional circus life: hours of practice, full two-hour shows twice a day, and the demanding labor of loading the show in and out.
Tickets to the Revere show (located at 15 Everard St.) are $18 for adults and $14 for kids 2-12. Kids under two are free. Tickets are available at the door, but it is recommended that they be purchased in advance at the Revere Recreation Department (150 Beach St.) or online at www.revererec.com.