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2024 Big Top Tour

Circus Smirkus 2024

"The Imaginarium"


August 5 - 6, 2024 • 1 PM & 6 PM

Cumberland Fairgrounds


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"Talented kids. Professional coaches. Life on the road. Adoring 5-year-olds, sitting around the ring just feet from the stars of Circus Smirkus, where big kids have been the stars of the show of this Vermont-based company for 32 years now."

Step into a world of whimsy and wonder, as Circus Smirkus celebrates playfulness, discovery, and childlike curiosity with the 2024 Big Top Tour: The Imaginarium. A magical toy shop comes to life with tumbling teddy bears, high-flying marionettes, and a very mischievous Jack-in-the-Box, in this awe-inspiring and laughter-filled production.

This year’s performance will be directed by Smirkus alum, clown, and director Joshua Shack and Julie Jenkins, Co-founder and Artistic Director of the Midnight Circus and herself a veteran Smirkus coach and director.

ABOUT THE BIG TOP TOUR

Every summer, a freshly auditioned company of Smirkus Troupers, ages 10 to 18, take to the road in traditional mud show fashion for a two-month performance tour of New England. Backed by professional coaches, cooks, musicians and crew, our Smirkus perform to sell-out crowds in Circus Smirkus’ very own 750-seat European-style one-ring big top tent. There are no animals in this event.

The Smirkus midway tent opens one hour before showtime and features Smirkus novelties and food concessions that include popcorn, pretzels, cotton candy, ice cream, Italian ice, bottled water/lemonade/iced tea. Our popcorn is popped in coconut oil. We do not sell peanuts.

Only food and drinks purchased in our concessions are allowed in the big top tent. Personal water bottles are permitted, but there is no water source to refill on site.

SHOW TIMES

MONDAY, AUGUST 5, 2024 – 1 PM
MONDAY, AUGUST 5, 2024 – 6 PM 

TUESDAY, AUGUST 6, 2024 – 1 PM
TUESDAY, AUGUST 6, 2024 – 6 PM 

CUMBERLAND FAIRGROUNDS, CUMBERLAND

RUNTIME: 2 HR, 1 INTERMISSION

This event is rain or shine.

PORTTIX BOX OFFICE

ADULT TICKETS: $40
CHILD TICKETS: $25 (under 12 yrs)

Membership – Learn how to become an Ovations Member here.

Discounts – This performance is not eligible for student, senior, or Member discounts. 

Exchanges – Ticket exchanges are available to Portland Ovations’ Members only. Exchange requests must be made prior to the performance date of the original tickets. All other sales are final.

PortTIX is the trusted box office for purchasing Portland Ovations tickets. 207.842.0800.

ACCESSIBILITY/SEATING

This performance is under a big top circus tent, with primary seating on bleachers. Seating for wheelchairs or those who cannot climb bleachers is available.

ASL available upon request.

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