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Dickens Christmas Fair 2006 October Missive
(sent October 4th, 2006)
Hello everyone! Happy October!
Lots of audition notices and other goodies in this missive. Please
remember to contact the individual posters of notices, rather than
replying back to me
In This Missive:
Character Auditions October 5th and 6th
More Movie Versions of Oliver Twist
Alice in the Streets
Request for Replacements for Stolen Costumes (High School)
Scrooge is Looking for Wheels & Gigs
Dickens Family Parlor/Tavistock House Casting
Help the Great Race and Get Your Who's Your Daddy T-Shirts Online
(Deadline This Thursday)
Character Auditions October
5th and 6th
Character Auditions start this Thursday, here in San Francisco. We are
most especially looking for actors to play:
Mrs. Cratchit (Christmas Carol)
Tiny Tim (Christmas Carol)
Several Cratchit children (Christmas Carol)
Ghost of Christmas Past (Christmas Carol)
Topper (Christmas Carol)
Nancy (Oliver Twist)
Sam Weller (Pickwick Papers)
Smike (Nicholas Nickleby )
Madeline Bray (Nicholas Nickleby )
Kate Nickleby (Nicholas Nickleby )
Charles, Edwin & Frank Cheeryble (Nicholas Nickleby )
James Steerforth (David Copperfield)
Wilkins Micawber (David Copperfield)
Emma Micawber (Mrs) (David Copperfield)
Clara Peggotty (David Copperfield)
Betsy Trotwood (David Copperfield)
Philip "Pip" Pirrip (Great Expectations)
Herbert Pocket (Great Expectations)
Mr. Wemmick (Great Expectations)
Abel Magwich (Great Expectations)
The previous (and more complete) list is available at
http://www.cattaylor.com/090606.htm There may have been a few changes
since that was posted, when in doubt about a specific character, the
above list is the more current.
Book character auditions will be held on October 5th and 6th starting
at 7:00PM at my home in San Francisco. Since I don't really want to
publish my home address in a missive, you will be given the address
when you sign up for a time for your auditions. The location is easily
accessible by public transportation and there are no pets for those of
you with allergies. No smoking, please.
If you would like to audition for one of these roles, please email
Robert Young at firstname.lastname@example.org with the following
1. Your full name, email address and phone number
2. The character(s) you would like to audition for. (Please prepare a
bit of the dialogue for that character - see web resources above - and
be prepared to improvise as that character.)
3. Your first, second and third choice of audition time on October 5th
or 6th. The auditions will be scheduled at 15 minute intervals, please
be patient as we sometimes get a bit behind when auditioning promising
4. Optional: A brief note of any experience you would like us to know
about. We will have applications and accept resumes (not required) at
More Movie Versions of Oliver
(from Robert Young)
1) 1982 version with George C Scott and Tim Curry has considerable
2) 1948 version with Alec Guinnes as Fagin and Anthony Newley as Doger.
3) Full length story: 1985 TV mini-series (6 Hrs - 12 epsds) with Eric
Porter as Fagin, Michael Attwell as Sykes
(and Miriam Margolys as Mrs. Corney!)
4) 1922 version with Lon Chaney as Fagin and Jackie Coogan as Oliver is
definitely worth a viewing.
There's also a 1999 TV mini-series that I haven't seen. The one
with Andy Serkis as Sykes, Michael Kitchen as Brownlow and Keira
Knightley as Rose (368 minutes in 4 - 1.5 hr epsds). Reviews
suggest that this one does not follow the book particularly strictly,
but that the background detail is excellent.
Alice in the Streets
Hi! Are you looking for something fun to do at Dickens? Come and join
the cast of Alice in Wonderland.
I am casting for the parts listed below. Please know that some of the
parts have already been cast and many will be double cast due to work
schedules and the such. I am looking for people who are very outgoing
and have strong improve skills.
If you have a crazy schedule don't worry we can figure it out! If you
are interested you can contact me via email at
*email@example.com *or via cell phone* 925-864-9039.*
*List of characters to be cast*:
Cards (4 people)
Alice #2 ( must be between ages 7-9)
Thanks and Good Luck
Request for Replacements for
Stolen Costumes (High School)
Over the summer, my high schools drama department was vandalized. We
lost most of our costumes. I was hoping that people may be able to
donate costumes of almost any era that would fit a highschooler. You
can give them to me at workshops or Dickens Fair.
Scrooge is Looking for Wheels
To help make ends meet I looking for contacts with Schools, libraries
or Christmas events who may be interested in my dramatic reading of
Dickens shorter version of A Christmas Carol, takes about one and half
Also I'm looking for anyone who may be able to help me regarding a set
of wheels while I'm there as I have to be in so many places, not easily
serviced by public transport.
Parlor/Tavistock House Casting
Dickens Family Parlor/Tavistock House is looking for young men in their
early teens to mid 20s to portray 5 of Dickens' sons. Specifically
looking to cast:
Francis Jeffrey (Frank) Dickens - early/mid 20s; 5th child also known
as "Chickenstalker"; curious and energetic he will later go on to
become a police inspector.
Alfred D'Orsay Tennyson Dickens - late teens/early 20s; 6th child also
known as "Skittles"; will eventually immigrate to Australia
Sydney Smith Haldimand Dickens - mid-late teens; 7th child; eager to
please his father and will eventually join the Navy
Henry Fielding (Harry) Dickens - early teens; 8th child - very athletic
and a keen sportsman; will eventually go on to practice law
Edward Bulwer Lytton Dickens - early teens; 10th child - also known as
"Plorn"; will eventually leave his family at 16 and join his brother
Alfred in Australia
We're looking for young actors who are energetic, eager to create an
engaging character, and have some experience with improv and a sense of
the Victorian period. Benefits include great environment area
(Tavistock House), gourmet meals, and the instant London celebrity of
being one of Dickens' brood. We will be auditioning at first workshops
weekend and if you are interested, please send an email to Claudia
Weeks at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Help the Great Race and Get
Your Who's Your Daddy T-Shirts Online (Deadline This Thursday)
Tally - Ho!
October 5th is rapidly approaching! Don't delay! Please pitch in and
order your "Who's Your Daddy?" t-shirts today! Remember, they're $20
per shirt, and all the proceeds help The Great Race of London (buying
bikes, prizes for patrons, etc.). You may either snail mail a check for
$20 (made out) to:
1012 A Oak St.
Alameda, CA 94501
You can make a secure payment on PayPal (my account I.D. is
The deadline for ordering shirts is Oct. 5th ... so time is running
out. Once they are printed, I will be giving you all your shirts on the
first day of Dickens Fair workshops.
IF there is enough of a demand, I may print up a small run of shirts
that can be purchased during first day of workshops (for those of you
who can't pre-order them). If I do this, though, they will be men's
style shirts only in Large, X-Large and XX-Large only. But we'll see
how this goes....
NEWS: WHO'S YOUR DADDY CONTEST!
"A contest?" The answer is "YES!" Once the t-shirts arrive, and they've
been distributed...I will be holding a "Who's Your Daddy" t-shirt
contest. The object is to send me a photo of you in your t-shirt in an
exotic locale...provocative pose...anything. Be creative. The photo I
like the best will win a prize (yet to be determined). I will announce
the rules and deadline at a future date...so keep your eyes open.
THANK YOU ALL for your support. It is my intention to rally all of us
together as an ensemble...every cast together in one great cause...and
your help has made me smile.
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