BUCKFIELD – Jugglers Shane Miclon and Aaron Dewitt have been selected to attend the Circus Smirkus advanced camp in Greensboro, Vt. To raise tuition, they will produce and perform “The Send Shane & Aaron to Smirkus Show” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 1-2, at Oddfellow Theater.

Shane, son of Michael and Kimberly Miclon, owners of Oddfellow Theater, and Aaron, son of Todd and Lorna Dewitt, also of Buckfield, have been practicing their craft since elementary school. Recently, the two have been apprenticing with Fritz Grobe, a five-time gold medalist at the International Juggling Championship.

The performance will have a variety show format hosted by the two 16-year-olds. Guests will include Buckfield band Skosh, Grobe and Mike Miclon.

Though unpressured, the camp does carry a high expectation for serious training. Self-directed, supervised training is integral. Working with coaches and staff, each camper will develop her/his own training regimen.

Circus Smirkus is the brain child of founding director, Rob Mermin, who ran off to Europe to apprentice himself in circus life. He spent more than a decade performing as a clown in circuses and studied mime with Marcel Marceau. He taught mime, movement, and circus skills for many years in schools and colleges in the United States and abroad.

Mermin is an artist-in-residence in Vermont and a past director of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College.

Tickets to the fundraising show are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $6 for children 12 and under. For more information, call the theater box office at 336-3306.


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