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The Great Dickens Christmas Fair Missive
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Great Dickens Christmas Fair 2014 - October Missive #3
~Workshops~
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Notes from your Missive Maven:
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Lots of important news today, including New Online Registration!

Workshops begin at 10AM November 1st,  at Oceana High School in Pacifica. 

Please see more information below and please read the missives completely before asking questions.

Cat


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Cat Taylor
Entertainment Director, Missive & Social Media Maven
In This Missive
"A Penny for Your Thoughts"
Daylight Savings Time Ends November 2nd!
NEW THIS YEAR! Online Participant Registration!
Workshops Begin November 1st - Morning Meeting 10:00AM!
Performer Requirements
Workshop Particulars
Costume Approval Schedule & Information
Reminder: Costume Fastrack Info
Rules for Minors (Under 18) and Their Guardians
$10 Replacement Fee for Lost or Stolen Passes
Participant Tickets
Breakfast & Lunch at Workshops
No Smoking at Oceana High School
Please, Do Not Bring Animals to Workshops!
A Note on Video & Photos at Workshops
Directions to Oceana High School
Public Transportation to Workshops
Facebook Ride Sharing Group
Soundboard Operator Needed at Mad Sal's
Still Seeking a Snodgrass (Pickwick Papers)
The Crummles Need Props!
Jack is Back Needs a Hero! (cue Bonnie Tyler song)
Mad Sal is Still Seeking a Few Good Men
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"A Penny for Your Thoughts"

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The goal of workshops is to create not just an event, but a world. Our visitors comment regularly in social media about being transported to another place and time, and no one else does that the way that we do. In order for a world to really thrive, its' inhabitants need to not only look their characters and act their characters, they need to *think* their characters. This allows us all to really become other people and it's a lot of fun, both for our audience and for us. 

 

So the theme for workshops this year is... "a penny for your thoughts"... get it?
(for those of you who are new, read the penultimate paragraph of the plot on this page

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Daylight Savings Time Ends November 2nd!

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That means you get an extra hour of sleep after the first day of workshops, which we'll all probably need...

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NEW THIS YEAR! Online Participant Registration!

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We are using the EventBrite system as we do for the tickets to the Dickens Fair.   

This will be for all participants in all categories.  

Everyone will enter their registration information, and by clicking the appropriate boxes will have extra fields to fill in based on what they're doing at the fair.  Once you have 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 will allow us to have everyone's information in a computerized system in case of emergency etc, without having to enter every registration form manually. It will also hopefully speed up the lines.

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 Password: DCF2014Registration

So please get registered in the next week and we will see you on November 1st at workshops. Thanks in advance for your cooperation as we develop this new system.
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Workshops Begin November 1st - Morning Meeting 10:00AM!

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Workshops and rehearsals begin at 10AM November 1st,  at Oceana High School in Pacifica and 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. This meeting is always a lot of fun and a little crazy; announcements are made, staff, directors and workshop leaders are introduced, and there is general amusement had by all. Some of the directors will still be looking for people; they will announce whether they are. Read the missives and look for groups that interest you. You must be part of a group to work at the Fair, whether it's caroling, dancing at Fezziwig's or being a Dickens character. Don't be shy; ask questions of the directors and see if it's what you want to do and might be good at.

The workshop/rehearsal schedule, for the first two weekends, workshop descriptions and workshop map will be available shortly on the missive page and will be announced in a forthcoming missive. The schedule for the third workshop/dress rehearsal weekend at the Cow Palace will be posted a bit later
 
Workshops will continue November 2nd, 8th and 9th. The third weekend of workshops and rehearsals (November 15th and 16th) 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.  
Please plan on attending these meetings; they're our only chance to have all of our performers in one place, all at the same time. 

Note: Stakeout for the vendors isn't until the 8th (at the Cow Palace), so it will not be available the first weekend of workshops.  Please do not go to the Cow Palace until dress rehearsal weekend unless you are building a booth or environmental area, as we have limited build time and there will be much construction equipment, power tools, etc. The Green Room areas will be available on dress rehearsal weekend. 

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Performer Requirements

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 #1 A completed, printed online registration form with:

#2 Your director's or booth owner's signature
#3 Costume Approval from the official costume department
#4 Sign off's from the appropriate number of workshop teachers
#5 (Optional) The Cow Palace offers parking passes to Fair participants at a discounted rate ($45, the same as last year); these will be available at workshops.

Age specifications:
          0 -  4   No registration form needed
          5 -17   Registration form, with all appropriate signatures and approvals, plus guardian information.
        18 - up Registration form, with all appropriate signatures and approvals.

Special Notes: Your name must be on a cast list at the office and your director must have signed your registration form before your pass will be issued. Directors will only sign registration forms after all appropriate workshop classes and costume approval have been completed.       

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Workshop Particulars

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 New Folks

 New folks are required to take the following classes: 

  1. Orientation I: A Beginner's Guide to Life And Times in Our London
  2. Orientation II: All You Need to Know about Dickens Fair - A Survival Guide
  3. Either Victorian or Cockney language(Irish or Scots may be substituted for those whose characters specifically require these)
  4. Physical Characterization
  5. The "How to Pass Costume Approval" class
 We would also like you to take a Character Lab or Improv workshop if possible. Please note that Physical Characterization is a prerequisite for the Character Lab and Improv classes. Please do not try to take the labs if you have not yet taken the Physical Characterization workshop.

More information on performing at the fair can also be found here:
http://www.dickensfair.com/involved/vendors-performers/performerinfo

 


Dickens Fair Veterans

Dickens Fair Veterans please take:

  1. A language workshop
  2. An in-depth character or acting/improv workshop, AND
  3. A social history workshop of your choice.

Further workshops are highly recommended! We aim to provide new workshops every year for your education, preparation and delight.
 

 

Class Size Limitations  Some classes can only accept a limited number of people at one time in order to functionally teach their class. Please arrive at that class early if that is the only time you can take it. If any of the teachers turn you away because their class is full, please do not argue, but come back at another time.  

 

Take Lots of Workshops!
We encourage you to take as many workshops as possible, they are meant to be both fun and educational and will help you make your way more credibly and enjoyably through the streets of our London.

I know it may seem like old hat to some of you, but to have a real ensemble cast, we all need to work together and remember that we really are creating our version of Victorian England and should be representing our characters *ALL THE TIME* when in front of the audience. Workshops are the best way to make that happen and we are offering some new ones to keep it interesting. Veterans can be a real help to the new folks in the classes. 

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Costume Approval Schedule & Information 

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(from Liz Martin)

PLEASE - PLEASE - PLEASE DO NOT ASK for approvals or signatures while we are setting up ESPECIALLY the first morning! 

New Approval Protocols:
We are continuing the new approval system this year. Please read this very carefully! And be patient with us. We are doing our best to make approvals go faster and smoother. There will be 3 lines: New participants/Returning Participants with new costumes, Retakes & new pictures, and FASTRACK!

New Participants/Returning Participants with New Costumes: 
IF you are new to the fair or have a new costume, this is the line to be in. You should be fully dressed with hat, bonnet, shoes, outerwear, etc.  
IF you have questions about what to wear or want to go over items, please DO NOT GET IN LINE! Attend the costume workshop and ask your questions there and if you still have questions you and your director can make an appointment to see Liz in the afternoon.

FASTRACK!:
You have submitted a current picture to your director and have not received a note from Liz saying that you not approved. We will have a list - by cast - and will stamp you quickly. You do not need to wear your costume. (please see separate missive item regarding fastrack)

Retakes and New Pictures:
In going thru last years photos there are a number of people that we will need to see again. When you check in for Fastrack you will be asked to come back dress rehearsal for retakes. You can also return at anytime during workshops to have your picture retaken. We also will send names to your directors so that they also know this needs to be done.

Approval Schedule:
As always approval times are hard to set - here is an approximate schedule for the first weekend.
Please be patient - we are working to make this as fast as possible.
After costume workshops/morning meeting, 
During lunch,
Afternoon from 2:30 - 4 
We will be in the courtyard - look for the signs.  
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Reminder: Costume Fastrack Info

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(from Liz Martin) 

 

Hello, everyone, from the Dickens Costume Administrator!

This is to remind everyone how the Costume Approval / Fastrack operation works.

Costume Approval should be your next to last stop in getting your DCF form signed. If your group requires that your director must pre-approve your costumes (Fezziwiggs, Other Books) please do this before you come to costumes, or we will send you back to her/him for a signature.

All the directors have received lists of the people listed with their group.  (If they say they haven't, ask them to contact DCA).  Check with them to see if your photo was OK.  If it was, and if you are wearing the exact same costume this year, you are Fastracked, and do not need to appear in costume for Costume Approval.  

If your photo was marked 'Need retake', we need to get a better picture.  
 
If you are in a new group and have a different costume, we need to get a new picture.

If you have made visible changes to your costume, even if it's just a new shawl, we need to get a new picture.

If we don't have a photo for you (some photos have been deleted or did not get saved properly), we need to get a picture of you.

Please come to Costume Approval, in your complete costume as you intend to wear it.  "Before Opening Day, I'm going to finish up the sleeves and the apron and buy a new hat" is not a complete costume.  
 
If you play several characters, we need to have pictures of each one.
 
The good news is that  there are hundreds of people on  the Fastrack list this year, so the Costume Approval line wait time should be at an all-time low!
 
See you at Workshops!
 
Dickens Costume Administrator
costumes@redbarnproductions.org
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Rules for Minors (Under 18) and Their Guardians 

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  • Minors will not be granted a gate pass unless their registration and volunteer agreement are properly completed. 
  • Minors must  have an onsite guardian at all times. 

Taking on the role of guardian for a minor at the Dickens Fair is more than just signing a piece of paper. It means that you are responsible for that minor in their parent's stead. 

This year we are continuing to require a MANDATORY workshop for both the minor and their onsite guardian to specifically address the rules and offer helpful information. This workshop will take place on the Saturday of Dress Rehearsal weekend.

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 $10 Replacement Fee for Lost or Stolen Passes

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 Please be careful with your passes!

Although we are not charging a registration fee this year, we will still be charging for replacement passes.


They are not only a ticket to the fair, they allow entrance to our backstage areas, which could be a safety concern for participants and their valuables. 

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Participant Tickets

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Participant tickets are still only $15 for adults and $8 for children.  Participant tickets are good ANY weekend - an even better value with the higher price of the final two weekends!  The ONLY regularly available lower priced ticket is the Twilight Special of $13 Adult, $8 child (good after 4 PM each Fair day).  You may use credit cards at workshops and at the pass house.  Participant tickets are not available on line and may only be purchased in person, and with a current 2014 gate pass.

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Breakfast & Lunch at Workshops 

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Patrick Morris will once again have food for sale at all three workshop weekends. Expect many tasty treats for both breakfast and lunch.

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No Smoking at Oceana High School 

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Please, there is no smoking allowed anywhere on Oceana High School grounds.

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Please, Do Not Bring Animals to Workshops! 

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We are not allowed to have them at the school. Please do not endanger our relationship with the school by bringing them. 

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 A Note on Video & Photos at Workshops 

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Please,  before you shoot that video, or take photographs with the intention of posting either online, ask the subject whether it is all right with them.  Most especially, video should not be taken in workshop classes or rehearsals without the approval of the teacher or director.

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Directions to Oceana High School   

401 Paloma Ave, Pacific, CA 94044

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 You can find directions here: http://ohs.juhsd.net/?PageName=%27Directions%27


or

 

From the East Bay
After the crossing the Bay Bridge, follow signs to 101 south
After passing Cesar Chavez exit merge to the right lane
At the Hwy 101/Hwy280 split, take Hwy 280 on the right
Take the Hwy 1 South exit
As you come down the hill into Pacifica, take Paloma offramp (2nd exit)
Turn left at the stop sign, onto Paloma
As you come to the next stop, you will see a sign directing you to parking.

From the North Bay and San Francisco
(After crossing the GG Bridge)
Take 19th Avenue south, which will merge into Hwy 280 south
Take the Hwy 1 South exit
As you come down the hill into Pacifica, take Paloma offramp (2nd exit)
Turn left at the stop sign, onto Paloma
As you come to the next stop, you will see a sign directing you to parking.

  

From the South Bay and Peninsula
Take Hwy 101 North

After passing the airport, take the 380 connection to 280 North

Take the Hwy 1 South/Pacifica exit

As you go up the hill stay in the left lanes

After coming down the hill into Pacifica take the second exit (Paloma)

Turn left at the stop sign (onto Paloma)

At the next stop sign look for the Workshop Parking sign.

  

From the South Using Hwy 1:

 

Take Hwy 1 north

 

Take the Oceana Blvd exit
Continue on Oceana
When you come to Oceana and Paloma Avenues you will see a sign for parking.
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Public Transportation to Workshops 

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(from Norman Bradley)

Here's how to get to Oceana High School. Take Sam Trans bus number 112 from the Colma BART station and get off at Palmetto and Paloma and walk up the hill. The important times are: in the morning leave BART @ 08:50 arrive at about @ 09:15, in the afternoon catch the bus @ 17:42 arrive at BART @ 18:16. These are the first and last buses on the weekend. 

For the Cow Palace Take either the MUNI 9 (San Bruno) or Sam Trans 292 and walk up the hill.   

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Facebook Ride Sharing Group 

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There is a Dickens Fair ride sharing group at  

 https://www.facebook.com/groups/312272385509/ 

If you need a ride to the fair or workshops, you can post there. Even better, if you can offer a ride, please post there! Thanks!   
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Soundboard Operator Needed at Mad Sal's

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(from Mark Ungar)

Audio engineering background preferred. Must be able to troubleshoot professional audio equipment on the fly - the show must go on! 10 AM to 7 PM, with breaks. It is also possible to split this job into two shifts between two qualified people. It's a costumed position, obviously.

Please send resumes to Mark Ungar at markungar@gmail.com

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Still Seeking a Snodgrass (Pickwick Papers)

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(from Colin Hammond)

Augustus Snodgrass: An upbeat gentleman poet, whose lack of written poetry does not reflect his truly poetical (and slightly ridiculous) nature.  Singing ability not required. Improv skills a must! 

 

Mr. Snodgrass, as a member of the Highly Esteemed Pickwick Club, 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. 

Please contact Colin at col3in@yahoo.com if interested. 

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The Crummles Need Props!

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(from Julie St. Germaine)

Our biggest show yet includes special effects and we need your help!

 

Thunder sheet sound effect, florist form so we can stick arrows in Nancy without injuring her, stout chain long enough to bind Hero and Heroine together (now THAT's the tie that binds!), 100' of 5 to 10 lb test clear or white fishing line. Rigid and hollow plastic tubes about a 1/4" by arrow length (old Cat toys with sticks are often these very kinds of tubes). Do a good deed and receive favors and love! 

Please contact Julie Ariel St. Germaine via Facebook or by e-mail at blaziak@yahoo.com - Thanks! 

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Jack is Back Needs a Hero! (cue Bonnie Tyler song)

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(from Gerald Zepeda)

 

Dastardly Villain, Sultry Villainess, and  Lovely Ingénue, seek a Dashing Young Hero for theatrical shenanigans... Jack is Back!  is a fun comedic melodrama adapted and directed by Gerald Zepeda.

 

Hero: male, appear 20s thru 30s; Villainess.

 

Rehearsals: All pre-Fair Weekends, Sat. 11/1 thru Sun. 11/16 and Sat & Sun. 10/25 & 10/26.

 

Requirements: Must attend all scheduled rehearsals and performances. May be required to take some Dickens Fair workshops.

 

Auditions / Info:

Contact Gerald Zepeda by email... casting@editgenesis.com  or  gerald.zepeda@gmail.com  or text (510) 693-1161 as soon as possible.

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Mad Sal is Still Seeking a Few Good Men

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(from Laura Gregory 


 
That's right - Mad Sal needs a couple of big, strong, handsome (you know, Sal loves handsome men!) men to act as Doormen / Bodyguards / Bouncers / House Managers. This is a paid position.

Men must be available the full run of Dickens. Must be able to interact well with both performers and guests, and not be afraid to say "No," when necessary. Will also work closely with the Stage Manager and Tech Person. 
 
Should have previous Fair experience. 

Meet Sal first day of Workshops to express interest, or email Laura (Sal) at LauraLynn1128@yahoo.com to let her know of your interest.
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Contact Information
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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
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