FYI Vol VI, No. 7

 Congratulations to Circus Harmony and its Social Circus Siblings

Circus Harmony was one of 8 social circuses participating in a landmark study, and much to our delight, it confirmed many of the things we already “knew” about circus— kids in these programs grow better. Carried out by the Weikart Center, a nationally-recognized youth program research organization, and funded by Cirque du Soleil and the American Youth Circus Organization/American Circus Educators, the study analyzed Social-Emotional Learning in the quality of our program as a whole, as well as the actual change in attitude and behavior exhibited by the youth in our classes.

The bottom line? Compared to hundreds of other youth programs in the US, social circus has an exceptionally strong impact in social-emotional learning, putting it in the top tier of youth programs.  Not only does our program measurably improve youth’s emotion management, empathy, teamwork, responsibility, initiative, and problem solving in a year, but we do it better than most.  And now, we’ve even got the data to show it.
In particular, Circus Harmony’s youth demonstrated high levels of teamwork and responsibility, even when compared to the 7 other social circuses. Over the course of the year’s classes, the youth improved substantially in emotion management, initiative, and problem solving. These beautiful effects are based in our (now-measured) exceptionally high quality program, which fosters supportive and positive environments, and where youth are actively engaged, interacting, and collaborating. They feel they belong here, and consequently, have the freedom to excel here.
My colleague Liz Arratoon recently interviewed Jessica Hentoff’s daughter Elliana on her website  Here is a link to that interview :


Circus Smirkus Now Accepting Applications for the 2018 Big Top Tour

The 2018 Circus Smirkus Big Top Tour is now accepting applications from youth performers between the ages of 10 and 18. While circus experience is preferred, we accept applications from talented youth with  skills such as gymnastics, tumbling, and all forms of dance.

If you are a trained student, between ages 10 and 18, in circus or other physical disciplines, have strong teamwork skills, excellent stage presence, and are interested in gaining more insight and knowledge about performing, traveling, and traditional circus arts, we encourage you to apply! All applicants must submit a video audition and application form.

Important Dates:

  • November 1st Deadline: All 2018 Big Top Tour applications must be submitted by November 1st. All applicants will be notified by letter the week of November 20th whether or not they have been selected to take part in the live auditions.
  • January 12-14th, 2018 LIVE AUDITIONS: Live auditions will be held the weekend of January 12-14th, 2018 at New England Center for Circus Arts NEW HOME at 10 Town Crier Drive. If you are invited to audition in person, you will need to prepare an act to perform.
  • June 2018: Training will begin approximately June 2, 2018. The tour will run until approximately August 19, 2018. (Dates will be finalized once the tour schedule has been finalized.)

Tuition & Scholarships:

Please note that there is a tuition fee for the touring program. (The 2017 tuition fee was $6,750 – the 2018 tuition fee will be similar in pricing and will be announced in November.)  This cost covers training, housing, food, uniforms and transportation costs for the rehearsal and tour period. No one is denied participation because of financial need. If you are accepted into the troupe, you may apply for scholarship aid at that time.

About the Big Top Tour

Since 1987, The Big Top Tour has brought together 30 highly motivated young performers in a traditional traveling circus environment. These young performers (called Troupers) experience a unique opportunity—performing 60-70 shows across New England, bringing circus arts to over 50,000 children and adults during the course of a summer. They work with professional circus coaches from across the country and around the World to create the 2 hour show  in a 3 week period in early June. Troupers deepen their skills in performing and the circus arts, become physically stronger, and gain maturity from the 10 week adventure. Many Big Top Tour Troupers continue onto circus and other performing  careers around the world.

For further assistance with the application process or if you have any questions at all, contact or call us at 802-533-7443 x27.


Lone Star Circus Sets Schedule for Coming Season

Cirque Joyeux Noel a dinner theatre extravaganza. Starring ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson will be presented December 15-25 at the Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center in Galveston, Texas.

In the spring a children’s show, Zoukoko, will be presented May 18-20 at the Granville Arts Center, Texas.

Big Apple Rehearsing in New Jersey

The circus has taken over a portion of the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Frankford, New Jersey where it is rehearsing for its new show which will open in October in Lincoln Center. The cast and crew arrived in Mid-August, erected the big top and began work. It will remain here until early October, presenting sneak preview performances Oct. 6-10 with an admission price of just $10.



The American Youth Circus Organization has voted not to join forces with Circus Now.