Rob Mermin will perform a double feature of multi-media programs at the Parish Players theater in Thetford, at 7:30 p.m. on January 25-26. Best known in Vermont as the founder of Circus Smirkus, Mermin makes these rare solo appearances, he says, “on a mission to promote the traditional arts of Mime and Silent Film for the edification and entertainment of new generations.” On Friday the 25th, Mermin will celebrate the great silent film stars from Hollywood’s Golden Era, narrated live and lavishly illustrated with clips from 100 of the best films of the 1920’s. Saturday's show will focus on his mentor, Marcel Marceau. For a man who works in silence, Mermin is a remarkably fine raconteur, not at all shy about speaking eloquently on the topics he loves. His complete familiarity with silent acting in all its forms, and his close friendship with Marceau, add humor, poignancy, and rare insight to both presentations.