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The Kids Who Clown: Circus Smirkus Summer Tour03:39
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The 2016 Circus Smirkus Troupers, ages 11 to 18. This year, their show is called 'Up, Hup and Away: The Invention of Flight.' (Courtesy Robert Sanson, Circus Smirkus)MoreCloseclosemore
The 2016 Circus Smirkus Troupers, ages 11 to 18. This year, their show is called 'Up, Hup and Away: The Invention of Flight.' (Courtesy Robert Sanson, Circus Smirkus)
Ripley Burns, 18, performs in this year's Circus Smirkus tour. (Courtesy Robert Sanson/Circus Smirkus)
Ripley Burns, 18, performs in this year's Circus Smirkus tour. (Courtesy Robert Sanson/Circus Smirkus)

Every summer for the past 39 years, Circus Smirkus — a traveling youth circus — performs nearly 70 shows in small towns across New England. Kids from across the country ages 11 to 18 audition. Each year, 30 make it into the troupe and get to travel and perform with the big top circus for two months of the summer.

We caught up with with the circus when they made a stop in Waltham recently.

Guests

Troy Wunderle, artistic director of Circus Smirkus, which tweets @CircusSmirkus

Ripley Burns, 18, troupe member from Cambridge.

Chase Levy, 15, troupe member from Newton.

This segment aired on August 9, 2016.

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