1 – 2:30 p.m.
Norman Williams Public Library Mezzanine
Circle of Sawdust
One-man show for all ages by the founder of Circus Smirkus featuring personal anecdotes and rare film clips that bring alive the mud, myths, mayhem, and magic of circus! Circus
Smirkus founder Rob Mermin ran off to join the circus in 1969 and clowned around with various European circuses. In 1987 he founded Circus Smirkus, now an award- winning international touring company, which has been named the “United Nations for the Youth Circus World.”
Mermin will discuss his Circus Smirkus: 25 Years of Running Home to the Circus. It is the story of how an intrepid company of teenagers and circus professionals dedicated themselves to showing that each of us can be more than we think we are. Videos are included in the presentation.
Rob Mermin has worked with some of the masters of performance. In 1969, at age 19, Marcel Marceau invited him to Marceau’s school in Paris, Ecole Internationale de Mime Marcel Marceau. He worked for Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus as Dean of the Clown College. As a performer he has earned many awards. He has led Circus Smirkus to its pivotal spot in the burgeoning American circus scene as a premier traveling proving ground for kids from all over the US with circus dreams. Mermin has written for many publications and is the author of a previous book: Circus Smirkus: True Tales of High Adventure and Low Comedy.
1 – 2:30 p.m.