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Christmas Fair 2005 October Missive
(sent November 1, 2005)
I don't have to tell you all that it's a busy week and we're all
looking forward to workshops this weekend. There will probably be
another missive before the end of the week, with some updates to the
Special Note: Since we are all so busy, please read the missives before
asking questions. I try very hard to make all the information
accessible to all of you, and don't really have the time to repeat
things. Also, please contact the folks associated with each individual
posting, don't just hit "reply". I try to be omniscient, but...
Previous missives are available online at
http://dickensfair.com/missives.htm. I have created a backup missives
page at http://www.cattaylor.com/missives.html for times when Mark
hasn't had the chance to get the missives up on the official page This
is not an official page, just a backup.
Special thanks to Kathy Kingman for her initiative and continued work
to bring us the Toys for Tots promotion. It will be great to have
a tangible way to make the holidays a happy time for many children so
adversely effected by this seasons hurricanes. Remember to bring
unwrapped, new gifts any day of the Fair and give them to the Marine
stationed outside the entrance. Ask your guests to do the same!
TV Shoot on Saturday (Need Four Volunteers)
Please Clean Up After Yourselves!
SALE SALE SALE!!! (Costume Rummage Sale)
Participant Ticket Special! - (CORRECTION from previous missive):
Holly Tree Club (Promotions)
Macbeth needs Men!
French Postcards – You KNOW You Want To!!
Theme Character Roles Still Open
OT: Our Own Jeffrey Weissman & Misha Frenklak in Indie Feature Movie
The address is actually on Palmetto, not Palmetta Street:
Ingrid B. Lacy Middle School, 1427 Palmetto Ave., Pacifica, CA 94044
on Saturday (Need Four Volunteers)
We're going to have a film crew at workshops this Saturday from
"Inside City Limits" filming from 12:00-2:00. They will be filming
individual segments to be used as the core of one of their upcoming
shows, much the way Evening Magazine does. They want to see what we all
do to prepare for the fair, so if Phyllis or I ask you to participate,
please be helpful and flexible. The show should run before we open,
giving us a nice PR boost.
They would like to do a segment which entails showing how a Victorian
woman gets dressed. I am looking for a woman with full period garments
(including undergarments) to get dressed on camera. We will begin with
this woman in her undergarments pre-corset. Then with the help of one
or two volunteers (also in period garb) dress in first the corset and
then the full Victorian dress. I have three red velvet curtains to be a
back drop. I am also looking for a period chair or stool. The aim is to
make the shoot as elegant and beautiful as possible. I am looking for
three ladies with poise and dignity. If you do not have the full period
clothing but are a size 7 or 8 and wish to be a model please also feel
free to contact me.
I am also in need of a fully dressed gentleman to walk into frame and
lead the fully dressed woman away in the end shot.
Please contact Kathy at Kathy@redbarnproductions.org if you are
interested in being a part of this performance art. There will be comps
available for the volunteers.
Please Clean Up After Yourselves!
Please do not drop trash on the ground.
Please do not drop cigarette butts on the ground.
We will provide the proper receptacles.
This is a nice school, let's try and keep it that way.
SALE!!! (Costume Rummage Sale)
There is going to be an incredible amount of stuff on sale this week at
the Rummage sale. D’Lynns is back with their very cool colored
petticoats and inexpensive hats. Lynn Combs is going to bring back her
stash from the haberdashery- she will also take orders to be delivered
to you later. PLEASE bring CASH! It is always preferable to have cash
over a check and none of the people who are selling have the onsite
ability to take credit cards.
I have 7 people with lots of stuff confirmed. This means; if you were
planning on just showing up with stuff to sell- you are probably going
to be out of luck if you are counting on a tabletop. Anyone who still
wants to sell please contact me or bring your own table/tarp to set
I am asking that people who are going to sell, set up at around 10:30
am. The Morning meeting is at 10am so I am asking that every one hold
off browsing until after the morning meeting. There is a lot of
important information that should not be ignored due to our shopping
cravings. Thanks everyone! We'll see you at the sale!
Ticket Special! - (CORRECTION from previous missive):
Raise money for your group or favorite charity (including starving
Participant tickets cost $13 and box office tickets are $20!
However if you wish to raise money for your group, guild or favorite
charity, you may receive these "fund-raiser" tickets at $10 (minimum 15
tickets) and sell them for any price up to $20 and keep the
difference. We suggest $15 which is the participant/group sales
price and still $2 less than the best online price
throughout the Fair.
Here's how: Email email@example.com Request
X number of tickets (minimum 15). He will then email back a
consignment form, you fill it our - including a valid credit card
number - fax it back, and we will send you the tickets.
This can also be done in person at workshops! The credit card
will not be touched until after the Fair. You can return any
unsold tickets at any time and pay cash for the tickets sold or ask us
to charge them to your card.
That's it! As an extra thank you, (and incentive), you will
receive 1 complimentary ticket for every 15 tickets sold. You
will receive the comps after you pay for the tickets sold. Yes,
you can do this more than once during the run. We will be giving
you actual comps so don't use the consignment tickets as you will be
charged for every consignment ticket not returned.
LIMITED quantity available. Act now to get in on this great deal!
Note: All children's tickets are already discounted at $8. We
keep it low for all families.
Help us fill the show to capacity while raising money for a good cause
of your choice. Thanks!
(reminder from Kathy)
The key to a happy Dickens Fair season is a great show AND large
crowds. You already play a part in the former, please don a
muffler and join us in creating the latter! Begin by signing up
for the Holly Tree Club at
Lot's of fun events coming up, so join in!
That's right, Shakespeare's dark and brooding tragedy is looking for a
few Dark and Brooding men who can act, or merely want to , and would
like the opportunity to strut and fret their forty minutes upon the
stage, and possibly swing enormous broadswords in the name of High
Culture and Art!
Postcards – You KNOW You Want To!!
Come, show your mettle. You -- yes, YOU – daring and dashing
ladies and gentlemen who raise the Dickens, are cordially invited to
make a spectacle of yourselves! French Postcards still needs a
few good women (and MEN!) to provide our provocative (but not TOO
provocative) evening show at the V&A.
The show requires several ladies who will be in discreet nudity. This
is to say not full frontal, and with the pertinent nethers tastefully
draped, unless the pose is one being seen from the rear. Next, we will
be needing several corseted lovelies. It is not absolutely
necessary that you own a splendid corset that you can show off to all
the world to be one of these saucy femmes. We will be showcasing
the work of Dark Garden, our own internationally-known corsetiere.
Also, we will need at least one and preferably two completely dressed
ladies (one older, one younger). These are for roles such as
lady's maid, waitress in cafe, and madam in a bordello.
We require several dapper, well-dressed gentlemen. (Bonus points
for sporting dashing facial hair.) A military man or two,
too. And, oh, yes, a knight in shining armor. Or at
least chain mail and a nice helmet. Also, we need several daring
and well-toned lads (preferably without facial hair but handsome
moustaches are always acceptable) who will appear in short, Greek
You want to, you know you do! If only for the backstage stories
you'll have to tell afterwards, my dears. So DO come for the
French Postcards meeting/auditions -- 2:30 PM, November 5, room
#4. We look forward, with your assistance, to providing a
delicious frisson of scandal to evenings in London Town!
Character Roles Still Open
Auditions will be 2:30PM Saturday, November 5th at the room posted in
the schedule. There may also be follow-up auditions. If you would
like to audition for one of these roles, please email Robert Young at
firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
1. Your full name, email address and phone number
2. The character(s) you would like to audition for. (If possible,
please prepare a bit of the dialogue for that character - see web
resources in previous emails - and be prepared to improvise as that
3. Your first, second and third choice of audition time on the posted
date above. The auditions will be scheduled at 15 minute intervals,
please be patient as we sometimes get a bit behind when auditioning
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
Smike - Nicholas' loyal yet physically debilitated sidekick in his
adventures (teens - thin, frail and slow. VERY physically challenging)
Ralph Nickleby - Nicholas heartless uncle. A cold, manipulative
businessman. (middle-aged to elderly)
Miss LaCreevy - Ditzy, chatty widow or spinster who paints
miniature portraits and runs a boarding house. (middle aged to elderly)
Charles Cheeryble - Force of nature and formidable philanthropist.
(middle aged - chubby)
Edwin (Ned) Cheeryble - The same (his twin). (middle aged -
Frank Cheeryble - Incredibly high spirited and well-meaning nephew and
Kate Nickleby's love interest. (handsome young man)
Fanny Squeers - Plain, obnoxious and vindictive daughter of the evil
schoolmaster, Wackford Squeers. (young, um...lady)
Matilda "Tildy" Price - Fanny Squeer's best friend and fiancee to
John Browdie. (pretty young woman)
Mr. Pike - Dandy rogue and ne'er do well. (young gentleman)
Mr. Pluck - Another one. (young gentleman)
James Steerforth - Dashing young and aristocratic rakehell. (young
Emma Micawber (Mrs) - Long suffering, good-naturedly hysterical
helpmeet to the perennially impecunious Mr Micawber (middle aged and
Li'l Emily - Beautiful young woman doomed to a life of sin by her
ambition. (young woman)
Philip "Pip" Pirrip - A young man from very humble beginnings with
great expectations. (young gentleman)
Mr. Wemmick - Eccentric lawyer, Pip's friend and advisor. (middle aged
Abel Magwich - Ex-felon. Pip's secret benefactor. (middle aged to
Joe Gargary - Pip's good-hearted brother in-law. A humble blacksmith
left behind by Pip's ambitions (middle aged).
Our Mutual Friend
Nicodemas "Noddy" Boffin - The "golden dustman," jolly working class
gentleman made rich by a stroke of good fortune. (portly and jolly
midle aged man)
Rogue Riderhood - "Colourful dockside character," and scoundrel of the
first order (middle-aged)
Bradley Headstone - A frighteningly tight-wound schoolmaster and
would-be nemesis of Eugene Wrayburn (young to middle aged gentleman)
Alfred Lammle - An extremely charming con-man (young to middle aged
"Fascination" Flegby - A deceptively mild-mannered young man about
town, associate of the Lammles. (young man)
Arthur Clennam - Long-suffering, poetically morose gentleman (early
middle age - Mrs. Finching's former fiance).
Daniel Doyce - Indefatigable inventor and entrepreneur, the "Spirit of
the Age" made manifest
Pancks - Man of business to a benign tyrant, a snorting tugboat of a
Martin Chuzzlewitt (only casting English, NOT American)
Mr. Pecksniff - An ambitious upper middle-class gentleman with a strong
hypocritical streak (among his other carefully covered-up vices).
Mercy "Merry" Pecksniff - The younger Miss Pecksniff, lively to the
point of pertness, the "pretty one"
Charity "Cherry" Pecksniff - The elder Miss Pecksniff, very
proper on the surface, the "smart one"
Martin Chuzzlewit (the elder) - Rich and cantankerous old gentleman.
Mary - The elder Mr. Chuzzlewitt's companion and nurse, poor but
proud, restrained and sensible
Martin Chuzzlewit (the younger) - A vain, strong-willed,
egotistical and ambitious young man, the elder Martin's contentious
Tom Pinch - Martin's preternaturally cheery and optimistic (to the
point of delusion!) friend, and dogsbody to the Pecksniffs
Own Jeffrey Weissman & Misha Frenklak in Indie Feature Movie
Our very own Jeffrey Weissman and Misha Frenklak have co-starring roles
in the indie feature, 'Slapdash' (aka 'Weed') and it has a premiere
date; it will be screened on SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2005 at the VICTORIA
THEATRE in San Francisco at 7:30pm & 9:30pm.
The Victoria is located at 2961 16th Street between Mission and Capp.
There is a parking garage one block up on 16th Street at Hoff (next to
the BART Station).
The theatre is nearly 100 years old, with a huge movie screen and seats
around 500 people. The Victoria staff will be operating the box office
for the general public to attend.
Also, the 'Slapdash' website is up at www.slapdashmovie.com
Jeffrey plays "Mosley" an errant two bit dealer that makes some bad
choices in business partners and Misha is the worrisome accountant for
"Mr Lou" the local crime boss. The other main characters are a drunk
clown, a has been magician and a reforming stripper. I don't want
to tell you the rest of plot, but it's a fun dark comedy.
Contact Jeffrey if you want to be added to the guest list by November
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