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The Great Dickens Christmas Fair Missive
Great Dickens Christmas Fair 2016 - October Missive #2
Notes from your Missive Maven:
Lots of info and auditions today, including online registration. Further workshop information will be coming shortly.

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Online Participant Registration!


Since it has been so successful the last couple of years, we will once again be using the EventBrite system for participant registration, as we do for the tickets to the Dickens Fair. This will be for all participants in all categories.  

Everyone enters their registration information, and by clicking the appropriate boxes, have extra fields to fill in based on what they're doing at the fair. Once you've registered you will be emailed a receipt from Eventbrite that you will need to print out and bring to workshops.  Your registration receipt will have places for workshop sign-offs, director/booth owner acknowledgement and costume approval.  

Once you have completed the pre-fair process you will take the completed Eventbrite receipt/registration form to the Pass House to be validated (scanned) and checked against the cast lists  so you can receive your gate pass. 

This allows us to have everyone's information in a computerized system in case of emergency etc, without having to enter every registration form manually. Last year this greatly sped up the lines and we will be doing this from now on.

All participants will still need to be on one of the director or booth owner lists, which will be cross-checked when each person brings their completed registration form to the registration desk or pass house. 

This registration process will of course not be available to the general public so you will need a password to access. 

The URL:
The Password: Registration@DCF2016

So please get registered soon and we will see you on October 29th at workshops. Thanks in advance for your cooperation as we continue to develop this system.

Best Email Address for Costumes (Not Facebook)

(from Liz Martin)

Please direct ANY and ALL costume questions to my email address:
Please make sure you include DCF 2016 in your subject line. It's the only way that I can track questions!

Any queries coming from Facebook have a good chance of not receiving a reply.

Thank you!!!

The (all new) Mad Sal's Dockside Alehouse Music Hall Review Needs One More Actor

(from Sandey Grinn)

The New Show At Sal's is a musical play about the on and off stage activities of a Music Hall Cast. We will be performing 2-3 shows a day on Mad Sal's stage as well as participating in the daily Blow Out. This is a paid position. We are looking to cast the following role:

LANCE HARDLY - Egotistical, charming, woman's man, a slightly smarmy version of Gene Kelly. Relies heavily on his great singing voice, his good looks and his killer smile - (nearly) all the women love him ... nearly ...
WHEN: Saturday, October 22nd from 11:00 to 6:00
WHERE: BFUU Fellowship Hall, 1924 Cedar Street, Berkeley, CA 94709

Please bring a prepared song (period preferred) along with its sheet music, a comedic monologue (or story or joke) and wear something you can easily move in.

If you'd like to audition, please email me at with LANCE AUDITION in the subject line and I'll get back to you with your audition time. 

Thanks, Sandey Grinn

Alice in Wonderland Casting & Information

(from Kim Murphy)
Hi Dickens Family. The Alice in Wonderland cast is looking for three adults to join our little troupe. We need these folks to help us with prop moving for our three stage shows, as well as back up for three of our fur costumed characters. If you are interested, please email Kim Murphy at

Also, I would like to state that, as the White Rabbit, I love hugs and being "played" with, however the yanking on my poor tail needs to really stop. I know it can be fun for some, but it causes me to have to sew my tail back on, by hand every day of Dickens. Please be kind don't yank on the bunny butt!

One more reminder, when you see me, remember I am MR. White Rabbit or MR. Rabbit. :)

Now let's go have a great Dickens!!!!!!

Much Respect 
Kim Murphy/Mr. Rabbit (the perpetually late)

The Crystal Palace Stage is Looking for a Civil Engineer!

(from Gregory Seeley)

The Crystal Palace stage is looking for for a Civil Engineer!
Do you love trains? 
Do you love ships and bridges and all the other stuff of Victorian transportation?
Well then the Crystal Palace stage wants you. 
We need an actor to present Victorian transportation and civil engineering.
We have maps!
We have models!
We are flexible with schedule. 
We have two characters available: Isambard K. Brunel and Robert Stevenson. 

Please contact 

Join Fezziwigs!

(from Dave Batzloff)

Do you love Victorian ballroom dancing and English country dancing? Do enjoy dancing and acting at the same time and introducing people to the joys of social dancing? Fezziwig's Warehouse, the happiest Christmas Party in Dickens' London, invites ladies and gentlemen who love to dance and act and to share their love of dancing with others to join our merry band.  Dancing skills, energy, 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. If you don't know how to lead or back-lead, we can teach you and we're very effective at that! 

If interested in joining us, please email us at


So you would like to help us sing in the holidays!

(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"} each afternoon at workshops. There will also be a scheduled rehearsal before workshops. If you are interested or have questions, please email me, Bob Crabb,

Do you have what it takes to join the lowest of the low?

(from Kaellie Clein-Cunningham)

That's right, SCUM is looking for people!  

Do you have a secret desire to swindle, gamble and carouse? Have you ever wanted to play the villain? Do you like audience interaction, fun games, great shows, great food and even better, being part of an amazing cast of strong, committed improv actors?

If so, we are looking for you!! 

We represent the criminal underclass of Victorian London. We are gamblers, pickpockets and drunks. We are swindlers, cardsharps and rakes. And we are the nicest bunch of people you will ever sit down with. Well, most of us...

Auditions will be held on Sunday, October 30 immediately after the final workshop; Men or Women 18+ only please. Full time run commitment preferred, including rehearsals. If you are interested, or for more information, please contact Kaellie Clein-Cunningham at flaminglez at or find her on Facebook! 

Reverend Palmer's Cockney Christmas Service

(from Joe Cinelli)

Warmest Holiday Greetings! Our whole Congregation welcomes you to another year of Dickens Fair and Christmas Services, and we'll be delighted to share our Sunday Mornings at 10:30 with you at Mad Sal's Stage. This year, surrender your weapons and look forward to more tales of morality and vice, and generous application of forgiveness and community building to all. See you at Workshops!
Happy Christmas! 
-Your Rev/Joe Cinelli 

Reminder: Workshop Dates & Locations


The three weekends of workshops workshops start October 29th at Oceana High School in Pacifica. Workshops and rehearsals begin at 10am run until approximately 5:00pm.  As always, there will be a mandatory meeting at 10:00AM in the cafeteria on the first day of workshops. 

The first two weekends will be held at Oceana, the third weekend of workshops and rehearsals will be held at the Cow Palace, with a limited number of workshops taught on Saturday. No workshops will be taught on Sunday; that will be dress rehearsal day, which will also include a 10:00AM morning meeting.  

More information as it becomes available.
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