The Trenton Circus Squad features jugglers, unicyclists, aerialists, and clowns—a mix of inner-city youth and kids from the surrounding suburbs and area private schools—all working together to put a smile on audience faces. Founder Tom von Oehsen, who once studied at the legendary Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Clown College, has been bringing his circus dreams to life for the past eight years under a big top in Trenton and beyond.

Produced by Ilene Dube for State of the Arts. Director of Photography: Joe Conlon; Camera: Mary Conlon.