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Christmas Fair 2006 October Missive #4 - Workshops!
(sent October 27th, 2006)
big workshop missive is once again here a whole week before the
There will be more information next week, but this will get you
started. The workshop and rehearsal schedule for the first two weekends
and workshop descriptions are attached as .pdf ("portable document
format") files, which can be opened with the free and downloadable
Adobe Acrobat Reader. Remember to chose "landscape" if you print the
schedule. The printed copies handed out at workshops will be black and
white as color printing is much more expensive when doing hundreds of
copies. I have also attached the tentative schedule for the third
weekend at the Cow Palace, so you can see what workshops will and will
not be offered on that Saturday.
Please note: Since life often happens without consulting me, there may
be changes between now things actually happen. I will endeavor to keep
you updated on any and all changes should they occur, but please check
in at Area 51 (see below) for posted changes.
New This Year:
Surrey Blackburn is teaching this year's folklore workshop, and we have
three new workshops:
"Dickens and the Real London" taught by Robert Young
"Scandals of the Period" taught by Hilary Ayer and Emily Gladstone Cole
"Cruel Brittannia: Crime & Punishment in Victorian England" taught
by Peter Overstreet
The first two weekends of workshops will once again be held at the
Ingrid B. Lacy Middle School in Pacifica.
Please remember to tidy up after
the school is very gracious in letting us use their
facility, let's make sure they get it back nicer than we found it. (Can
you tell I was a Girl Scout?) The third weekend of workshops will
be held at the Cow Palace, with classes on Saturday only; Sunday will
be a dress rehearsal.
Note: The rooms at the school will be numbered as on the schedule,
allowing us to pick the most appropriate classrooms for classes with
Please help the teachers adjust the
furniture and put it back in it's appropriate place.
Dickens Christmas Fair Workshop Weekends #1&2
November 4th and 5th, 11th,12th
Saturday & Sunday 10:00-5:30
Ingrid B. Lacy Middle School
1427 Palmetta Ave.
Pacifica, CA 94044
Workshop Weekend#3/Dress Rehearsal
at the Cow Palace, San Francisco
Geneva Avenue and Santos Street, San Francisco, CA
Sat. November 18th 10:00-6:00 - Workshops & Rehearsals, schedule TBA
Sun. November 19th 10:00-7:00 - Dress Rehearsal, schedule TBA, no
The Morning Meeting!
Parking Passes & Participant Tickets
The Bijou Café is Back!
Special Note on the Dark Garden Workshops
I'm New - What Do I Do?
Tom Westlake will once again be manning Area 51, our affectionate name
for our registration office located in the multi-purpose room. This is
where you will pick up your paperwork, pay your fees, buy Cow Palace
parking passes and participant tickets (see below). Cash or check only
at workshops, we won't have a credit card machine. Don't forget the
The Morning Meeting!
The beginning of workshops, first day morning meeting is always a lot
of fun and a little crazy. It will be in the multi-purpose room at
10:00AM Saturday November 5th and will take the place of the first
workshop period. There will also be a big meeting at 10:00AM on dress
rehearsal day at the Cow Palace. Your attendance is seriously requested
at both of these meetings.
Parking Passes &
Yes, Virginia, just like everything to do with cars, the parking passes
have gone up slightly in price this year. The Cow Palace has raised the
daily parking price to $8.00 this year, but thanks to Red Barn
Productions, a parking pass for the whole run of Dickens Fair will cost
we, the participants only $40.00 for ten days. That's a pretty great
deal. Participant tickets will once again be $13.00.
The Bijou Café is Back!
Ladies and Gentlemen, you asked for it and you got it! The Bijou
Café, with it's lovely high kicking servers, and our man Joe,
will be selling breakfast and lunch for BOTH workshop weekends in
Pacifica! We will be serving breakfast and lunch as well as yummy home
baked treats. We will also be serving hot and cold beverages all day.
Special Note on the Dark
This workshop is only offered once, during the second workshop period,
right after the morning meeting. You must take the class if you wish to
pose in the Dark Garden window. If you are new to Dickens London,
Dark Garden is our beloved corsetry shop, where lovely ladies (and
sometimes gentlemen) model corsets in an educational, entertaining and
very tasteful way. This year they will also be offering a separate
corset lacing workshop, also only on the first day of workshops.
#1 A completed registration form which includes:
#2 Your director's or booth owner's signature
#3 Costume Approval from the official costume department
#4 Sign off's from three workshop teachers
#5 The $10.00 registration fee. (We accept checks, but cannot accept
credit cards at Area 51 as we won't have a credit card terminal there. )
New folks are required to take Orientation plus either Victorian or
Cockney language and Physical Characterization (also one of the
Character Labs if possible) Please note that Physical Characterization
is a prerequisite for the Character Labs (Character Lab and
Character 3D). Please do not try and take the labs if you haven't yet
take the Physical Characterization workshop.
Dickens Fair Veterans
Dickens Fair Veterans please take either Victorian or Cockney language,
either Physical Characterization or Character Lab, (preferably both, as
they work as a set this year) and another workshop of your choice.
Please note that Physical Characterization is a prerequisite for the
Character Labs (Character Lab and Character 3D). Please do not
try and take the labs if you haven't yet take the Physical
Note: 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.
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.
I'm New - What Do I Do?
Come to the morning meeting on November 4th, where all of the workshop
teachers and directors will be introduced. 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.
sign up for the missives, please email email@example.com,
and request to be added to the missive list.
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