Profile Type: Cultural Nonprofit
NEFA Grant Recipient
Cultural Nonprofit
Maine Coast Waldorf School - Magic Matinee

For the past fifteen years Maine Coast Waldorf School has hosted Circus Smirkus, the international award-winning traveling youth circus on its Freeport campus. In conjunction with that presentation, Maine Coast Waldorf developed the Magic Matinee Program, which gives underserved youth the opportunity to attend the Circus and take part in circus related workshops and activities. The impact that the Circus’ highly professional young performers - on the trapeze, highwire, as clowns, jugglers and acrobats - have on their audience can be life changing: kids inspiring kids in a deeply meaningful and joyful way. The Magic Matinee Program also funds two summer camp scholarships that provide a week long immersion in circus arts where kids not only develop physical skills, but qualities of self discipline and other life-long lessons. The camp may provide the inspiration many of these youth need. The program has sought out groups with children who have challenges – physical, emotional, or financial - and offered them V.I.P. perks, backstage tours, and workshops. The Circus Smirkus Big Top Tour in Freeport also spotlights the many associated events Maine Coast Waldorf offers such as workshops and classes in clowning, acrobatics, mime, theater, and juggling. AN EDUCATION BOTH TIMELESS AND TIMELY. Founded in 1984 as Merriconeag Waldorf School, Maine Coast Waldorf serves some 280 students from early childhood through high school. The mission of the school is to awaken the highest potential in every student by fostering clarity of thought, warmth of heart, and strength of resolve to make a difference in the world. With our early childhood-12th grade campus in Freeport, our students take advantage of acres and acres of outdoor classrooms and woodland trails. The curriculum at Maine Coast Waldorf School inspires a lifelong love of learning. Developed by visionary Rudolf Steiner more than a century ago, the Waldorf educational method is now used in more than 900 schools in 83 countries. Here, the academic is made tangible through play, social interaction, integrated studies and first-hand experiences. These approaches have consistently been shown to be effective in research on brain development, and by generations of vibrant Waldorf alumni. Maine Coast brings Waldorf to life with a strong sense of place. With the storied forests, fields, shores and towns of coastal Maine it is the pefect setting to iintroduce children to circus arts through the Magic Matinee Progran  and bring the joy of circus to a world that needs it.

I Have Worked With

  • March 2020

    Hosted and housed this performance troupe out of New Hampshire while they performed for our student body, and also the larger community, plus gave a workshop for those interested in learning additional circus skills.

  • February 2020

    MCWS has supported Portland Ovations by organizing classes to attend thier School Time Performances on an annual basis, as well as partner with them to publicize their events through ads and raffles when they support our Circus Smirkus performances.

  • August 2019

    Plan and host Circus Smirkus and The Big Top Tour at Maine Coast Waldorf School in Freepaort for 4 performances for the fifteenth year in a row. Through this partnership, MCWS has created The Magic Matinee Program and collarborated with many cultural and non-profits to invite children, who otherwise would not have the o

    pportunity, to attend the circus and meet the performers.


  • NEFA Grantee
  • Cultural Nonprofit
  • Venue

Contact Information

First Name: 
Job Title/Position: 
Events Coordinator
Mailing Address: 
57 Desert Rd.
Freeport, ME 04032
Physical Address: 
57 Desert Rd.
Freeport, ME 04032
Last Name: 
207/865-3900, x.113
Parent Organization/Affiliation: 
Maine Coast Waldorf School [formerly Merriconeag Waldorf School]


Profile Type: 
Cultural Nonprofit
Primary Discipline: 
Theater - Circus
Additional Disciplines: 
Humanities - General
Humanities - Cultural Heritage
Humanities - History
Humanities - Literature
Literary Arts - General
Literary Arts - Spoken Word
Music - General
Music - Chamber
Music - Children's
Music - Choral
Music - Orchestral
Music - Solo / Recital
Music - Traditional
Theater - General
Theater - Children's
Theater - Circus
Theater - Mime
Theater - Musical
Theater - Storytelling
Visual/Crafts - Clay
Visual/Crafts - Fiber
Visual/Crafts - Illustration / Drawing
Visual/Crafts - Mixed Media
Visual/Crafts - Painting
Visual/Crafts - Wood / Bark
Year Founded: 
Populations Served: 
General Public
People with Disabilities
School Groups
Institution/Business Type: 
Schools - Elementary
Activities and Services: 
Curriculum Development
Film Showings
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Geographic Reach: 
Town / City
Multi-County Region

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
Circus Smirkus, Portland Ovations
Children's Museum & Theater of Maine
Maine Drama Festival Regional Class B Champion
I am a NEFA Grant Recipient

Accessibility of Services

Access accommodations for people who use a wheelchair and have limited mobility
Access accommodations for people who are blind, partially sighted, and have low vision
Accessible website and/or multimedia for people with sensory disabilities
For our Magic Matinee Program, we invite children with disabilities to the performances as part of its Magic Matinee outreach program. The circus tent is wheelchair accessible. Anyone with a disability is escorted to the designated seating areas ringside, and and in the first row bleachers. Chairs are provided for those that can't sit on bleachers, lower level seating for those that can't climb, wheelchair accessible port-o-potties are provided, and assistance dogs are allowed. If contacted ahead of time, interpreters can be arranged.

Venue Available for Rent/Use

Venue Name: 
Maine Coast Waldorf School Community Hall
Venue Type: 
Multi-Purpose Room
Venue Address: 
57 Desert Rd.
Freeport, ME 04032
Venue Phone: 
Stage Details: 
Black Box
Seasons Available: 
Venue Features: 
Climate control
Light system / track lighting
Venue Capacity: 
Venue Fee Range Minimum: 
Venue Fee Range Maximum: 
Venue Accessibility: 
Facility is physically accessible (such as parking, entrances, accessible restrooms, seating, backstage)