THE POPULARITY OF SUBARU IN BRATTLEBORO, VERMONT, IS SOARING – LITERALLY. JUST ASK THE “TRAPEZE TWINS” SERENITY SMITH FORCHION AND ELSIE SMITH, FOUNDERS OF THE NIMBLE ARTS THEATRICAL CIRCUS PERFORMING TROUPE.
Both of the high-flying sisters own Subaru vehicles: Serenity and her husband, Bill, drive a 2002 Outback, and Elsie travels in a 2002 Legacy Wagon. Jen Shaw, a third member of the troupe, drives a 1997 Outback.
“We call Subaru the ‘Official Car’ of Nimble Arts and Vermont Circus Performers,” Serenity said.
Serenity and Elsie have taught and performed for circuses around the world, including Cirque du Soleil, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, Circus Smirkus, and the New Pickle Circus.
Their adrenaline-charged performances deliver a surreal blend of music and illusion, grace and whimsy. A current production, “The Love Show,” explores the comedic side of relationships, blending circus and vaudeville with a family-friendly dose of burlesque.
How does the troupe transport all their equipment between performance venues? “Instead of being a bus and truck tour, we are a car, car, and car tour and fit the entire show into three Subaru wagons,” Serenity said. “They get good gas mileage and drive anywhere in the winter and inclement weather.”
When they’re not wowing audiences with their gravity-defying acts, Serenity and Elsie run a school for aspiring big-top performers of all ages in Brattleboro, in what was once a shoe factory.
Whether the Nimble Arts troupe amazes the crowds under the big top or helps others express their dreams, they know they’ll forever enjoy the ride.
For more information about Nimble Arts, visit www.nimblearts.org.