Youth circus to take over community center Friday

Last modified: 8/1/2013 9:00:54 AM
The Silver Lining Youth Circus, a company of troupers between the ages of 11 and 21 who juggle, unicycle, tumble, and clown around, will perform during a family show Friday at 2 p.m. at the Peterborough Community Center on Elm Street.

The event will include face painting, raffles, and refreshments, as well as live music by Leslie Vogel of Folksoul Music, and recorded pieces composed by Nathan Schwartzberg.

This performance by the Silver Lining Youth Circus will benefit the Children and the Arts Festival. Jackie Davis, EdM, the founding director of the Silver Lining Circus Camp, has been promoting positive youth development through circus arts since 1996. Over the past two decades, Children and the Arts has provided a welcoming venue to Davis’ three youth circus programs: the Hilltop Circus at the Pine Hill Waldorf School in Wilton; the Flying Gravity Circus; and the Silver Lining Circus Camp in Temple.

Davis is pursuing her PhD at the University of British Columbia where she is researching the effects of circus arts on youth development. She has been a performer and/or brought youth circus performances to Children and the Arts since its founding year. Coaching with her this summer is Jacob Skeffington, a former trouper with Circus Smirkus, a graduate of the National Circus School in Montreal, and a performer on Cirque du Soleil’s “Kooza.” Also co-directing is Ellie Davis, a veteran of the Silver Lining Youth Circus, Flying Gravity Circus, and Hilltop Circus, and a Smith College student majoring in theater and minoring in film.

Some of the Silver Lining troupers will attend the national festival of the American Youth Circus Organization in Seattle in August. AYCO, which was co-founded by Davis in 1999, promotes the participation of youth in circus arts, and the festival brings together circus kids from all over the United States to take workshops, learn new skills, and share their enthusiasm for circus arts. The Silver Lining troupers who attend the AYCO festival will learn new skills that they will bring back to teach children in New Hampshire.

Tickets are $5 for sults, $3 for children and $15 maximum for families.

For more information, call 924-6131 or visit


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