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Waldorf presents Circus Smirkus

July 25, 2011

Photo By Beth Riungu

Meadowbrook Waldorf School students Tex and Chloe Wiedenman pose for a picture with Circus Smirkus performer Zoe Silberblatt (left) at last year’s show in Richmond.

RICHMOND - For the third consecutive year, the Meadowbrook Waldorf School will present Circus Smirkus, a unique show that features youth performers, at the Washington County Fairgrounds, July 25 and 26. There will be two shows each day, at 1 and 6 p.m.

Circus Smirkus is a non-profit organization based in Vermont that offers youth programs and summer camps, where children can hone their circus performance skills, as well as a “Big Top Tour” during the summer. This year, the tour will perform over 70 shows in 15 different town across New England and New York.

According to Beth Riungu, development coordinator at the Meadowbrook Waldorf School, the show is a “must see” for all ages.

“Don’t miss it,” she proclaimed. “It is so much fun and it’s going to take you by surprise. It’s a unique circus and unlike any you’ve ever seen.”
Riungu said that one of the reasons Circus Smirkus is such a hit with the Meadowbrook Waldorf School is it aligns with the school’s principles.

“The philosophy of a Waldorf School has to do with developing all the aspects of a child,” she said. The school does not do too many competitive sport activities, because they put too much stress on the students, so a show such as this is one way for the students to experience movement, Riungu said.

“All that fantastic physical activity, it’s such a heartfelt performance full of life and exuberance,” she said.

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