Big times under the big top

Circus Smirkus
Keeping the arts in our schools is a balancing act. Last weekend the Edgartown School class of 2009 brought Circus Smirkus to town to raise money for arts projects. Photo by Jon Ollwerther

Posted August 2, 2007

When the Edgartown School class of 2009 went looking for a way to help their school, they chose to raise money for the Edgartown School Arts Initiative and the class trip to Washington, D.C. Last weekend the students and parents brought Circus Smirkus back to the Island for six fun-filled shows.

Circus Smirkus
On the wire at Circus Smirkus last weekend in Oak Bluffs.

Circus Smirkus and the school are a perfect match because the performers are all between the ages of 10 and 18. The troupe, chosen by audition, works on a new show each summer, and then takes that show on the road to towns (and islands) all over New England. The big top is a 750-seat, European-style tent with one large ring. Live, original music accompanies the show.

It is quite a task to bring such a large show to the Island. According to Tom Wallace of the arts initiative, participation among the Edgartown students and their parents was very high. Mr. Wallace would like to see Circus Smirkus come here each summer and encourages people to become sponsors. By sponsoring the circus, patrons would be helping the school raise money for arts programs while at the same time supporting the non-profit Circus Smirkus.

For more information on sponsorship, call Tom Wallace at 508-627-2777.