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2023 Big Top Tour

Circus Smirkus

"A Midsummer Night's Circus"

August 7 - 8, 2023 • 1PM & 6PM

Payson Park

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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."

Enter an enchanted forest and let your imagination run away with the circus! Circus Smirkus brings magic and mayhem, love and chaos to the big top with the 2023 Big Top Tour: A Midsummer Night’s Circus. A cast of thirty talented youth get entangled in the dream-like woods where sprites contort in the trees and fairies fly through the air. Trouble ensues when they all cross paths with the king and queen of the fairies, their fantastical court, and the chief mischief-maker, Puck! This exquisite acrobatic adaptation of Shakespeare’s beloved comedy will leave you awe-inspired and utterly enchanted!


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.


MONDAY, AUGUST 7, 2023 – 1PM & 6PM
TUESDAY, AUGUST 8, 2023 – 1PM & 6PM




CHILD TICKETS: $20 (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.

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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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