“Circus Dreams,” featuring Maine circus performers, to air on MPBN

“Circus Dreams,” an hour-long documentary about Circus Smirkus, a Vermont-based circus troupe that features a number of Maine perfomers, will air at 10 p.m. Thursday, April 5 and 11 a.m. Saturday, April 7 on Maine Public Broadcasting Network.

Circus Smirkus is based in Norwich, VT, and teaches middle and high school-aged youths the arts of juggling, acrobatics, clowning, aerial arts and more. Circus Smirkus performs every summer in Kennebunkport and Freeport, and it also features a number of Maine performers, including Buckfield residents Collin and Shane Miclon, jugglers and sons of acclaimed juggler ad Oddfellow Theater founder Mike Miclon; clown and Cumberland native Jared Mongeau; and Eepy Bird star Fritz Grobe, Circus Smirkus’ juggling coach.

The documentary, directed by Signe Taylor, shows how the circus teaches its students the circus arts, as well provides positive role models and structure for them. It’s a family-friendly film that will also air, in addition to this weekend, on April 24 and 25 on MPBN World. Circus Smirkus will perform in Maine again this summer Aug. 6-7 in Freeport and Aug. 9-10 in Kennebunkport.

Emily Burnham

About Emily Burnham

Emily Burnham is a Maine native, a UMaine graduate, a proud Bangorian and an arts and lifestyle writer for the Bangor Daily News, where she's worked since 2004. She reports on everything from local bands to local food, from media and the Internet to theater and dance. In her quest for stories, she's seen countless concerts and plays, been lobster fishing, interviewed celebrities, hung out with water buffalo and played in a ukulele orchestra, to name just a few. She's interested in everything -- especially if it happens in Maine. She welcomes any and all feedback or suggestions for stories.