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Dickens Christmas Fair 2006 September Missive #1 - Addendum
(sent September 13th, 2006)

Please note:
I had an abundance of bounce notices for the Dickens Christmas Fair 2006 September Missive #1 missive, which may mean that the missive was too large for some of your email servers. If you did not receive this very informative missive, please go online to my backup missive page at where the missives can be viewed.

In This Addendum:
Online Ticket Sales Are Up!
Promotional Flyers!
Additional Character Auditions
Clarification of Audition Dates
More Video Info
Mr. Dickens' Victorian Ball

Online Ticket Sales Are Up!
Dickens Fair 2006 Online ticket sales are now active and group sales are coming in!  Please go to to see more!

Promotional Flyers!
The promotional flyers are up on the website at, ready for you to download and print for your own distribution! They include a $3.00 off discount and are three to a page so you can photocopy fewer pages, but you will need to cut them. (Please note, at press time this link was temporarily non-functional, please check back)

Additional Character Auditions
Christmas Carol:
Ghost of Christmas Past (androgynous - male or female)
Pickwick Papers:
Sam Weller - Mr Pickwick's devoted, irrepressible, cockney manservant

Clarification of Audition Dates
The book character auditions are the evenings of Thursday the 5th and Friday the 6th by appointment.  Please see more information in the previous missive and contact Robert Young at <> to make an appointment.

More Video Info
Pickwick Video
(James Myers, our own Mr. Pickwick adds)
The 1985 BBC television miniseries has just this month been released on DVD.  It's an excellent adaptation, extremely faithful to the book, telling the entire story of the Pickwick Papers in twelve 30-minute episodes. (Note from Cat, this is included in the new BBC boxed set)

More Info on the Little Dorritt Video
(Jwlhyfer de Winter adds)
The film you're referring to actually comes in two parts; Film One is "Nobody's Fault" which tells the story from Arthur Clemen's (Derek Jacobi) view point. Part two is "Little Dorrit's Story" which tells the same tale from Amy Dorrit's (Sarah Pickering) side. The wonderful Alec Guiness is the "genteel " resident of the debtor's prison and Amy's Father. As you say, it can be a bit slow, but one of them is actually a lot brighter than the other; i think it is the one told from Amy's point of view. Anyway, I watch them every year to get a feel for things, as I don't have much Dicken's. The other favourite yearly ritual is the Blackadder Christmas Carol; which I find very inspiring as well.

Mr. Dickens' Victorian Ball
Saturday, October 7, 2006
San Mateo Masonic Temple
100 N. Ellsworth Avenue (at Tilton)
San Mateo, CA 94401
Doors Open: 6:45 pm
Dance Lesson: 7:00 - 8:00 pm
Formal Dancing begins at 8:00 pm
Band: Bangers & Mash
Tickets in advance: $15 (by September 30)
Tickets $20 at the door

Get in the mood for the Dickens Fair and mingle with the cast at this very Dickensian Victorian Ball.

Bangers & Mash, the official dance band from Fezziwigs' dance party at Dickens Fair, plays an evening of Mr. and Mrs. Fezziwigs' favorite waltzes, polkas, schottisches, mazurkas, and set dances, including the Congress of Vienna and (of course) Sir Roger de Coverley. As usual, there will be a pre-ball Victorian survival dance lesson, and all set dances will be briefly taught or called at the ball. Partners are not necessary, and if you come without one, we will be happy to introduce you to partners.

Intermission entertainment includes a short, audience-interactive performance by the Peerless Music Hall; a scandalous game of Wink; and a special performance by our Guest of Honour, Mr. Charles Dickens himself.

Punch and a light Olde English snack buffet will be served throughout the evening (Your potluck contributions will be much appreciated in Mrs. Fezziwigs' kitchen.

Evening or day dress from the time of Dickens' literary career (circa 1837-1870) or modern evening dress is admired, not required. If your costume's not quite finished, please do come anyway! As Mrs. Fezziwig says, it wouldn't be the same without you.

To order tickets in advance, please send a check for $15 each to PEERS, 2144 B Buena Vista Avenue, Alameda, CA 94501. To order tickets online by PayPal, please go to, click on the PayPal icon and follow the instructions. Deadline for advance ticket purchases is Saturday, September 30.

If you have any questions about the ball, please email or call (510) 522-1731.

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