The Great Dickens Christmas Fair Missive
Great Dickens Christmas Fair 2016 - October Missive #3
Notes from your Missive Maven:
More audition announcements this evening. The big workshop missive will be coming Thursday or Friday.
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|In This Missive|
|Reminder: Online Participant Registration!|
|Reverend Palmer's Cockney Christmas Service Time Correction|
|Netflix and Chill Your Dickens ~ Part Three|
|Needed: Characters from A Christmas Carol|
|Needed: Characters from The Other Books|
|Needed: Character from "The Pickwick Papers"|
|Entre'Actes at the V&A Needs Stagehands|
|God Bless Christmas Keepers! Join Us!|
|French Postcards Open Auditions for Men and Women|
|Reminder: Workshop Dates & Locations|
Reminder: Online Participant Registration!
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.
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.
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.
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
This registration process will of course not be available to the general public so you will need a password to access.
The URL: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/participant-registration-for-the-2016-great-dickens-christmas-fair-registration-27715338323
The Password: Registration@DCF2016
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.
Reverend Palmer's Cockney Christmas Service Time Correction
(from Joe Cinelli)
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 10:15 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! email@example.com
-Your Rev/Joe Cinelli
Netflix and Chill Your Dickens ~ Part Three
(from Therese Porter)
help you enjoyably get your Dickens bearings, assist your research
(you're not just watching something, you're working on your research!)
and help you craft your performance, watch some Dickens! Instead of
flipping pages or scrolling, you need only invite a friend or two,
grab some snacks, pour a refreshing libation, and settle in in front of
your viewing device!
A terrific reason for watching these
great adaptations (if you need a reason) is inspiration. Even if you
are not playing a character specifically from Dickens' work, the Fair
takes place in a Dickensian world, and we its players should reflect
that. We all need to be big, bright and bold regardless of where
we are performing in the Fair, so if in the course of your viewing you
see a quirk, a tic, a manner of speech that appeals to you and will
enhance your characterisation, consider incorporating it into your
character (as we are fond of saying, there is no copyright on body
language). And if you are moved to portray a specific character,
consider preparing an audition the Other Books! (Fezziwig's also draws
heavily on Our Author for their characters).
This week's suggested viewing: "Our Mutual Friend" (1999 IMDB http://imdb.to/2dn0nCJ )
tagline is, "Love in a city where class governs all," but Dickens'
last completed novel covers so much more than that, and it is
beautifully realized in this lush 4 part adaptation. Gorgeously set,
costumed and filmed, this is above all a story that relies on a vast
array of fascinating characters - portrayed by a host of wonderful
British character actors - to propel the action. The female
characters are especially vivid, interesting and varied (hurrah!).
lives of the lowest (people who work on the river, in the streets, the
pubs and the shops) up the social ladder to the "exalted" ranks of the
leisured nouveau riche intertwine in endlessly fascinating ways. There
are some terrific villains and wonderfully less than savoury types to
keep things lively. The Thames runs through the scenes as if it
were a character in its own right. There's a mystery (more convoluted
than actually mysterious), along with the writhing threads of ambition,
desire, class struggle, the effects of money, and the redemptive power
As Mr Boffin - the Golden Dustman - says, "It's a real corker!"
Needed: Characters from A Christmas Carol
(from Therese Porter)
It's The Book, without which we would not be doing this! We are currently looking for boys 10 to 14 years old. This
is a commitment of time and energy that requires memorizing lines (you
may be assured that many of our audience know The Book).
Peter Crachit/Young Scrooge/Young Lad (the one Scrooge sends off for the turkey)
Cratchit is a boy being thrust too young into a man's estate,
optimistic and devoted to his family. Two scenes, some lines and
There is one scene with Scrooge as a boy that is brief but pivotal.
boy who engages with Scrooge after his Redemption has some
excellent lines and a lot of great theatrical business.
These roles may be combined
Needed: Characters from The Other Books
(from Therese Porter and Rydell Downward))
Other Books cast at the Dickens Fair portrays the wide variety of
characters from works of Dickens. Want to help put the "Dickens"
in Dickens Fair? Other Books is interested!
role at Fair is to continually interact with our guests and fellow
actors. 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. All the Fair is our stage, and its
throngs our ever-changing audience. This is a full time commitment that
requires energy, enthusiasm, strong improv skills and tremendous esprit
Dickens' characters run the
gamut of age, physical appearance, station in life and personality
types. We are currently working with the characters of these
- Nicholas Nickleby
- Martin Chuzzlewit (English part of the story only)
- David Copperfield
- Bleak House
- Our Mutual Friend
will be auditioning after workshop period on both the Saturday and
Sunday of the first weekend of workshops at Oceana High School. If
you're interested, please prepare yourself - this is, after all, an
audition. Memorize a brief monologue from a character you're interested
in, or the type of character you wish to play. We'll be looking for
your ability to form a distinct characterization as well as your
ability to project yourself vocally and physically. We will ask you to
do some cold readings and free-form improvisation.
inspiration, peruse the works of Dickens (online or actual pages) or
watch some of the brilliant British TV and film adaptations of his
works, for an idea of the kinds of characters exist in the Dickens
universe. 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.
Needed: Character from "The Pickwick Papers"
(from Colin Hammond)
Pickwick Club is looking for a Nathaniel Winkle.
An upperclass young-ish gentleman character with an eye towards a sporting attitude. Should have experience with improv, be quick-witted and team oriented. Some singing required.
Entre'Actes at the V&A Needs Stagehands
(from Ellen Hoffman)
Entre'Actes at the V&A needs one dedicated stagehand for each 15 minute show.
Ideally this person will also be available during Dress Rehearsal week at the Cow Palace.
Also we need a bench or loveseat for two young lovers.
Thanks from Ellen Hoffman
(from Steve George)
Ever wonder How Oscar Wilde takes his tea?
Are you curious as to why there are such elaborate cheese defense protocols at the Adventurers' Club?
For more information visit us at Workshops after the first All-Hands meeting.Regards,Steve Georgesgeorge1701@gmail.com
We are continuing our search for Maids and Footmen of the glittering Victorian age. Join us and learn more about Science and Adventure and our Household!
God Bless Christmas Keepers! Join Us!
(from Juanita Watkins)
you a natural-born explainer? Compulsively helpful? In another life,
could you have been a tour guide? Do you love a parade? Want to sing a
Christmas Keepers is a group both for people new to the
fair to get a feel for how Dickens Fair operates, as well as for
experienced fair folk to share what they know.
If you'd like to know more, contact Juanita Watkins at firstname.lastname@example.org
French Postcards Open Auditions for Men and Women (18 and Over)
(from Diana Young)
about joining the cast of the popular Saucy French Postcards
show? Don't be shy! If you have the last two hours of the
Dickens day free, you could be part of our artful and titillating
tableaux. Perfect bodies are admired but not required - all ages,
genders, body types, etc. have a place in our creative vision!
Roles include both fully dressed Victorian men and women, as well as
imaginative creatures of history, myth, and art. We're also
looking for a youngish female for the minor speaking role of 'Mary, the
will be held on Saturday, October 29, at Oceana High School,
immediately after the last workshop. All rehearsals will be held
during workshop/rehearsal times at Oceana and the Cow Palace, except
for one dress rehearsal at the Cow Palace on the evening of November
Reminder: Workshop Dates & Locations
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
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.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~For specific questions regarding performing at the Fair, please email Cat Taylor
If your group would like to perform at the Fair for just one day (school caroling groups, etc.)
please email Robert Young
For specific questions regarding vending at the Fair please email Vendors
For specific questions the beverage department please email Beverage
For questions regarding costumes, please email Costumes