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The Great Dickens Christmas Fair Missive
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Great Dickens Christmas Fair 2014 - September Missive #1
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Notes from your Missive Maven:

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Welcome to September Dickens Fair audition notices and more! 

We have a lovely new website, tickets for the fair go on sale on the 16th and the black & white flyer is up on the website (see below).

Workshops begin November 1st, more on that later, enjoy the last lovely days of summer!

Cat


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Cat Taylor
Entertainment Director, Missive & Social Media Maven
In This Missive
New Dickensfair.com Website Up and Running!
It's That Time Again - Help us promote the Fair!
Character Auditions - October 3rd
~ Seeking Tiny Tim
~ Pursuing Mr. Pickwick
~ Oliver Twist Needs Villains & a Young Hero
~ The Other Books
Mad Sal's Dockside Roses Auditions - September 19th
New Music Hall at the V&A
New Crummles Melodrama Needs an Ingenue/Heroine
Notes from the Children's Area
Jack is Back!
The Green Man Inn
Brass Farthing Needs a Bass!
Saucy French Postcards
So You Would Like to Help Us Sing in the Holidays
Fezziwig's Warehouse Needs Dancers & More
The Crystal Palace Stage is Casting for Natural Scientists
PEERS' Weekly Vintage Ballroom Dance Classes
PEERS: The Casablanca Ball - 1941 - Saturday September 6th
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New Dickensfair.com Website Up and Running!

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(from Kevin Patterson)

 

As some of you may have noticed, we have created a completely new look (and functionality) for dickensfair.com.   ...and its a real page turner!  Please give it a look at http://www.dickensfair.com.

 

The site also configures automatically for 'small screens' such as smart phones and tablets.   A never ending work in progress, (like all websites), the site will be given refinements - some scheduled - some based on your feedback - so please let us know what you think.

Send any comments or concerns to office.dickensfair@gmail.com 

Read on!  ...and spread the word!
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Its that Time Again - Help us promote the Fair!

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Early Bird discount tickets ($20) go on sale Monday September 16th via http://www.dickensfair.com

 

"Chasing the Humbugs Away" is the headline on our early Press Release available here:  http://www.dickensfair.com/general/media

 

A "Print-at-home" early flyer and "36th Anniversary" color logos have just been distributed to our vendor community and and are available here:  http://www.dickensfair.com/involved/promotefair

 

Please use for social and other media opportunities or contact us via  office.dickensfair@gmail.com  with your ideas/connections .  

Thank you!

 

Kevin
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Character Auditions - October 3rd

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Auditions for characters from A Christmas Carol, Oliver Twist, Pickwick Papers and the various Other Books are tentatively scheduled for Friday October 3rd in Pacifica, CA. More information on how to sign-up will be in a forthcoming missive.  See below for some of the particular characters for whom we are looking.
 

Here's a great page to learn more about the characters and the books:   

http://charlesdickenspage.com/works.html

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~ Seeking Tiny Tim

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(from Therese Porter)

 

God bless us, everyone" - we need a new nipper to fill the crooked shoes of Dickens' immortal invalid, Tiny Tim. What is wanted is a small, strong actor who can be winsome, adorable and inspirational while also small enough to be comfortably hoisted up on our Bob Cratchit's slim but sturdy shoulders.   

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~ Pursuing Mr. Pickwick

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(from Colin Hammond)
 

Mr. Pickwick: 50's-60's Heavyset, (rotund, to be precise), English, very well-spoken, jolly, innocent, generous, benevolent gentleman - scientifically minded, prone to bouts of excessive good humour and song. Singing ability not required.


Mr. Pickwick will join an already established group of 4 other seasoned Dickens fair actors, who will help familiarize the player with bits and idiosyncrasies of the character, and will make the player feel welcome and a part of the group. This is after all a group/club/ensemble role. 


Auditions for Mr. Pickwick will be part of the character auditions, but questions about the group and role can be directed, to: Colin Hammond at 
col3in@yahoo.com

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~ Oliver Twist Needs Villains & a Young Hero

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(from Jeff Scattini)

 

Upcoming auditions will be held for these very important (and juicy) roles from the book Oliver Twist:

 

Fagin - The avaricious old skeleton. The obvious mastermind behind nearly all of Oliver's troubles and the leader of a gang of child pickpockets. Engineers the murder of Nancy. Greedy, selfish, and conniving. Male, Late 30's - Mid-50's. Must have stamina to be out in the streets most of the day and still have energy for emotional and physical breakdowns/murders/lynching at the end of the day.

 

Sikes - The absolute worst (fictional or represented historical) person in all of Dickensian London. Evil, vicious, and surly. Housebreaker, murderer, and all around jerk. His only redeeming feature is Nancy, whom he murders. Male, early 20's - early 40's. Must have emotional fortitude to be vilified and hated throughout the day, do (scripted) horrible things to nice people, and then wrap up the day by being lynched or otherwise done in.

 

Oliver Twist - An innocent orphan of impressive moral rectitude. Sweet, kind, and prone to fainting at (scripted) moments of heightened emotions. Preferably a boy, 8-12, of the young urchin demographic. Previous stage combat/tumbling and projection experience appreciated but not necessary. 

 

Please contact Jeff Scattini for more information at jeff.scattini@gmail.com

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~ The Other Books

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(from Therese Porter and Rydell Downward))

 

The Other Books cast at the Dickens Fair portrays the wide variety of characters from works of Dickens that nobody's familiar with because nobody's filmed a musical based on them, hence, the "other" books.
We are looking for experienced improvisational, interactive performers to help fill out our cast and populate the streets of the event with the vivid and memorable characters from the fevered imagination of Charles Dickens. We put the "Dickens" in "Dickens Fair"!

We are a company of improvisational actors and our job at Fair is to continually interact with our guests and fellow actors. We need folks with energy, enthusiasm, strong improv skills and tremendous esprit de corps.

If you're interested, please direct your attention towards the Virtual Missives from the company regarding audition dates and location, and prepare yourself: memorize a monologue from a character you're interested in, or the type of character. We'll be looking for your ability to form a distinct characterization, your ability to project yourself vocally and physically, and we'll ask you to do some cold readings and free-form improvisation.

While we don't have a definitive list of the roles we'd like to fill (which would be too numerous to list here) please peruse the works of Dickens or watch some of the brilliant British TV and film adaptations of his works, and have some characters in mind. Even if the roles you're thinking about are filled, it gives us some idea of the "type" that interests you, and we can often match you up with a role that you find fulfilling.

Co-Directors, Other Books
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Mad Sal's Dockside Roses Auditions - September 19th

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(from Laura Gregory) 

 

I need fearless, fierce, talented, smart, tireless actresses.
Dockside Roses are quickly becoming the "It" cast to be in. Life as a Rose is fast and fun and exhausting and probably one of the best times you can have at Fair. Roses are expected to arrive at Fair by 9:00am, and be ready to go by 10:00. We perform and gig all day long, and don't finish until 7:00pm, when final Blowout is done on the Mad Sal Stage. It is a long day, and it is packed with gigs and bits and performing. You will be tired, but you will never, EVER be bored.
 
Requirements:
Strong improv skills and street acting chops. 
Must sing. Not all women need to be soloists, but MUST be able to carry a tune. (Dance and musical instruments a plus.) 
Strong overall performer, and strong character actor.
All women MUST have complete availability, and be willing to commit to the entire run and rehearsal process.
Sal's Roses must be aged 21 years or older.
This is not a paid position.


This year, the Roses and Sal will perform in a twice-daily stage show to be performed on the Mad Sal Stage, as well as improv gigs in the streets and throughout London.

For your audition: prepare a song that shows you off to your best. It doesn't need to be period. It does, however, need to be RAD. Show us what you can do. If you play an instrument, incorporate it. If you dance, let us see. If you are a great actor, bring a song that lets that shine through. Bring sheet music. Accompanist provided.
 
DATE: Friday, Sept 19
TIME: 7:00 PM (by appointment only)
PLACE: TBD (probably Pacifica, CA)
CONTACT: Laura Gregory lauralynn1128@yahoo.com 
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New Music Hall at the V&A

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(from Paul Jennings) 

 

The new Music Hall Show at the V&A is holding auditions.

We are looking for singers and other variety performers who are familiar with the classic British Music Hall performance style. Small stipend.
 

Singers: We are looking for all types, but especially for a solo Vesta Tilley style performer.

Please prepare a classic Music Hall song, and email Ellen Hoffman the sheet music at least 1 week prior to appointment. ehoffman88keys@gmail.com.


Variety Performers:
 Please prepare 1-3 minutes of your most charming material.


To all performers: Please thrill us, dazzle us, woo us!

 

To schedule an appointment, and any non-music related questions, email  pauljennings990@gmail.com

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New Crummles Melodrama Needs an Ingenue/Heroine
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(from Julie St Germaine

 

The Crummles Melodrama is taking a bold leap into an entirely new show this year and need a young woman (youthful appearance, fit & trim) to take on everything from comedy to stage combat. Candidates need to be quick studies and hard workers. Nominal pay available. 

 

For more information, contact Julie St Germaine at  blaziak@yahoo.com 

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Notes from the Children's Area

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(from Robin Edwards-Harvey

 

To all of those who are planning on doing Toy Parade or are Interested in coming into the Fair with children, We are looking forward to a new year. Our goal is to provide entertainment for and with the children of faire. Our guild is performance based with the following shows under our umbrella: Toy Parade, Mother Goose, Alice In Wonderland, Miss Twinkleton's academy, Fairies and Goblins and the children's storyteller. 

If you are interested in performing for and or with children, we may be the group for you. We are very flexible with scheduling if there are issues. Anyone who is is already in the guild and anyone wanting to join, please contact Robin Edwards-Harvey at either  redward9236@gmail.com or redward9236@yahoo.com.
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Jack is Back!

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(from Gerald Zepeda)
 

"Jack is Back" is a melodrama intended for our children's stage, adapted and directed by Gerald Zepeda.

Three roles available: 1 lovely ingénue, female, appear late teens thru early 30s; 1 dashing young hero, male, appear 20s thru 30s; 1 sultry and worldly villainess, female, appear 30s thru 40s.  Rehearsals:  All pre-Fair Weekends, Sat. 11/1 thru Sun. 11/16, with possible addition of weekends Sat. 10/18 thru Sun. 10/26.  Must attend all scheduled rehearsals and performances. 

Auditions TBA. Contact:  Gerald Zepeda via email -- info@editgenesis.com -- if interested.
 

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The Green Man Inn 

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(from Kathleen Bartholomew

 

The Green Man Inn is in need of 3 or 4 extra cast members this year. Most of our daily schedule revolves around set acts in the Parlour, interspersedwith improvisation. Duties are not onerous, but a fondness for dishwater is much preferred; also, a knowledge of which side of the plate the fork goes on. 

Please contact Kathleen Bartholomew (Mrs. Bombay) at materkb@gmail.com if you are interested in becoming a family member or boarder.
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Brass Farthing Needs a Bass!

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(from George Chlentzos) 

 

Gentlemen, for those of you yearning to sing, drink beer, and enjoy the company of witty and hilarious men, salvation is at hand! Brass Farthing, an award winning singing, drinking, and general carousing company, is auditioning for Bass singers for our all-male singing ensemble. 


If you found yourself singing along with us at Mad Sal's or the (World Famous) Green Man Inn, and weren't shushed by your neighbors, then you may be the man we're looking for!

Auditions will be held by appointment in the east bay. We rehearse alternate Wed and Thu evenings. Just bring a song and a story and we'll take care of the rest.
 
 
Thanks,
-George
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Saucy French Postcards

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(from Diana Young) 

 

Have you heard the rumors?  It's true!  Saucy French Postcards is an awesome show with an awesome cast and crew - and we're recruiting for new folks to join our family!  There are roles to suit every degree of modesty - or lack thereof.  We need people both onstage and off.  Yes, we want to invite all you lovely folks, age 18 to 80, who are participants at The Great Dickens Christmas Fair, and would like to appear in our comical romp through art and culture, to audition in November - but stage crew, dressers and house monitors are also a vital part of our ménage.  

 
 
Got questions?  Message me!

Diana Young, directrix.   dgbyoung@aol.com 

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So You Would Like to Help Us Sing in the Holidays!

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(from Bob Crabb) 

 

There is always room for more who would like to sing.  Coventry Carolers is always looking for more singers especially basses.  There will be rehearsals {and "auditions"} between Northern California Renn. Faire and Dickens workshops.

If you are interested or have questions please email me at:  Bob Crabb  btcrabb@comcast.net 
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Fezziwig's Warehouse Needs Dancers & More

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(from Dave Batzloff)

 

Fezziwig's Warehouse, hosts of the best Christmas Party in Dickens' London, invites, dancers who act, actors who dance, and actors that don't dance but would be helpful in other areas to join our cheery warehouse staff and party goers . Dancing skills and stamina are admirable in a Fezziwigger but courtesy, reliability, and the ability to work cheerfully as part of an ensemble are even more important.  We are a middle and (upper) lower class workplace.

 If interested, please email Mr. Fezziwig (Dave Batzloff) at director@fezziwigs.org
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The Crystal Palace Stage is Casting for Natural Scientists

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(from Gregory Seeley) 

 

We could still use some Natural Scientists: Doctors, Medical Scientists, Naturalists, or purveyors of the ever popular Victorian "Weird Science" 
You do not have to be full time to participate.
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Important: About portraying a character at the Great Exhibition Preview stage.

This stage at The Great Dickens Christmas Fair is designed to portray a run up to the Great Exhibition of 1851. This was a tremendous event in British history and was a huge success for Britain, both in terms of promoting scientific advancements, and establishing Britain as a world leader in almost every field. We seek therefore to create a sort of Victorian Exploratorium, a stage where people can meet and interact with the great scientists and inventors of the age... As if they were actually in London in 1850.

If you would like to portray a character at this stage we are going to ask you to do the following.
1~ Know your scientist and and his/her work. You will need to be able to speak to the public *as* the scientist/inventor, present their work as if it were your own and answer questions posed by the audience (some of whom may know nothing, others may ask you knowledgeable questions).
2~ Have a display, working model, or something to show regarding the scientist/inventor's work. 
3~ Look like your scientist/inventor. Take some time to research their appearance and tailor yours to match. We would like it that after a visitor to the fair goes home and, intrigued by what he learned at the fair googles the inventor's name, the image they see will bring home the learning experience for them... They will feel like they met the real person (and for the young ones, let's convince them they have!)
We realize this can be a tall order, but we feel that to make a great stage is worth the effort, and the audience will get that much more enjoyment out of it.
 
 
If you're interested please contact Gregory Seeley  gregory.seeley@gmail.com 
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PEERS' Weekly Vintage Ballroom Dance Classes 

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(from Cathleen Myers

 

Alameda Elks Lodge

 2255 Santa Clara Ave, Alameda
 
Sunday afternoons from 2 - 4 p.m.
Dance Lessons are $10.00 (for one or both classes)

 

In preparation for the upcoming Dickens Christmas Fair and for the Fall ball season our Sunday afternoon dances in August and September will be devoted to couple dances, set dances, and quadrilles popular at Dickens Fair and to some really amazing Neo-Victorian choreographies.

 

Neither dance experience nor partners are required. From 2 to 3 p.m. each week we'll start with the basics for new vintage dancers and for those wishing a refresher; from 3 to 4 p.m., we'll teach some fun steps, variations, and choreographies of interest to experienced dancers as well as newcomers.

 

Best regards,

Cathleen Myers, PEERS

peers@peersdance.org
 

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PEERS: The Casablanca Ball - 1941 - Saturday September 6th

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(from Cathleen Myers

 

Join us for an evening of romance and intrigue at the Casablanca Ball on Saturday, September 6, at the Alameda Elks Lodge at 2255 Santa Clara Avenue in Alameda. The Brassworks plays an evening of classic Swing, waltzes, and vintage ballroom dance music of the 1930s' and 40's.  There will be a pre-ball dance lesson in vintage Foxtrot and East Coast Swing at 7pm, and formal dancing begins at 8pm. Vintage or modern evening dress is admired, but not required.  

There will be a no-host bar (That means your money's good at the bar!), a light snack buffet (potluck contributions welcome), and, of course, an opportunity to interact with many of your Dickens Fair friends and colleagues in completely different costumes and personae.  

The Lodge is a gorgeous site in itself and the parlour, grand staircase, and even grander ballroom offer plenty of photographic opportunities.  For ticket information, please see the ball website athttp://www.peersdance.org/casablanca.html or email us at peers@peersdance.org
 

Here's looking at you, kid.  

 

James & Cathleen Myers, PEERS 

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