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Christmas Fair 2005 November
(sent November 17, 2005)
Well here we are going into dress rehearsal weekend! There has been so
much excitement in the air, I think this is going to be a great year!
I know everyone is really busy, and many of you do not have time to
read the whole missive, but at least examine the "In This Missive" to
see what information would apply to you. It's very frustrating for us
to have to repeatedly answer questions about information that was in
the missive. Heck, print it out and take it into your er... reading
library for further perusal.
I have also expanded the information and links at
http://www.cattaylor.com/missives.html, I hope you find it helpful.
I will be forwarding a special promo missive as soon as I get it, but
let me quickly remind you how important it is that we let everyone know
what a great event we have here! We have a number of promotions running
with radio stations, interviews with newspapers, mini billboards and
taxi top lighted signs. But the most important of all promotions is
word of mouth form you, the converted, the obsessive, the dressing
What you can do:
--Continue to put out posters and flyers everywhere you go
--Direct people to visit dickensfair.com
--Email everyone on your lists with the statement that can be found
here or one of your own. Cut and paste and send today! Ask
everyone on your list to send it to their list too!
This Weekend's Schedule
All Character Round Robin
Dressed Rehearsal, Please
Props & Costumes
Special Appearance by Brassworks Opening Night!
Friday 11/25 Ticket Takers Needed!
Thanks from Le Can Le Can Can Bijou
Scrooge Needs a Holiday Home
Miss Twinkleton Needs Box Springs
Do You Need a Chandelier for Your Set?
Rare Editions of Dickens
Special GBAC Costume Awards
Please see revised schedule, attached.
Saturday we will have limited workshops and lots of rehearsals.
On Sunday, Dress Rehearsal Day there is a mandatory morning meeting at
10:00AM, followed by the All Fair Character Round Robin. We will not be
running a fair day schedule as it's the stage shows first time on their
stages and they'll need the time to figure out the tech, etc. Please
check with your director for specifics.
Character Round Robin
Don't try and escape right after the mandatory general meeting Sunday
morning at 10:00AM in Fezziwig's, I've cancelled all other rehearsals
so we can try an experiment. We do something similar each year, with
all the book characters, but this time we mean to get all you Dickens
denizens to know who everyone else is. After the general meeting
on Sunday, all books and shows cluster up with your casts, in large
clumps, in a big circle in Fezziwig's. We will go around the circle and
each director will lead their cast into the center one at a time. The
group will walk around the circle until they return to the place they
started. We won't have time to introduce the individual characters, but
each of you will get to show off who your character is, with only your
costume and mannerisms, in a few short seconds as part of your group...
in just the impressive way the Cal Shakes actors did in their
production of Nicholas Nickelby. At the end of character
introductions, the entire cast will be broken into small groups to do
individual introductions, tea/cocktail party conversation, etc. for
5-10 minutes. On the cue from us, everyone scatters into another group
and does it again. (lather, rinse, repeat) Should be fun and
Please be in your costumes if at all possible this Sunday (If you're
building something, we understand) We would like to take photos and if
sets do not work well with your costume you should know NOW rather than
And now a word from the prop master and Costume Director!
Please follow up on all props that you think you may have in storage or
need made or refurbished! Time is now short! Anyone wanting group
approvals for characters, please contact me ASAP in order to schedule a
time on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday.
Looking forward to seeing everyone in their best (or their best worst),
Appearance by Brassworks Opening Night!
We all love Bangers and Mash, Dickens Fair would not be the same
without their lilting waltzes and rousing polkas! But it's nice to stir
things up a little and goose our opening night. So from 4:00-7:00 on
opening Friday night, we will have Brassworks at Fezziwigs! Tell your
11/25 Ticket Takers Needed!
The fair opens Friday, November 25 to capture the After Thanksgiving
Shoppers! A special call is going out to volunteers, in
approvable costume, to take tickets at the front gate that
Friday. Volunteers are also needed
for the run of fair. For further info contact Lori Wilson at
email@example.com for further details.
Thanks, and see you soon!
from Le Can Le Can Can Bijou
Le Can Can Bijou would like to thank everyone who supported us last
weekend during our Bijou Cafe.
You were all patient and marvelous as we tried to make sandwiches and
coffee. You let us tease you and even a few folks let us talk you into
buying stuff! All in all you all helped us to raise nearly 30% of the
cost of our boots.
Grande Merci mes amis, grande merci! *Thank you very much friends,
thank you very much.*
Needs a Holiday Home
Martin Harris will be crossing the big water again this year, to be our
own, our very, very own Scrooge. Martin is still looking for
places to stay in or around the city during his stay for Dickens,
starting around dress rehearsal weekend and ending with our closing
weekend. You can contact Martin at MartinHarrisUSUK@hotmail.com
Twinkleton Needs Box Springs
If you need to dispose of an old box spring of any size, Miss
Twinkleton will be pleased to take it off your hands. We use these as
foundations for our Play Garden hedge. Contact Annie Lore at
Need a Chandelier for Your Set?
Miss twinkleton finds that she has a surplus brass chandelier, very
handsome and ornate. It takes small candle bulbs and would look very
nice somewhere! If you'd like to borrow it contact Annie Lore at
Editions of Dickens
Frank Davis forwarded this link about rare Dickens first (and other
Look at those prices!
GBAC Costume Awards
In conjunction with the regular Costume Competition held every day
during the run of the fair, the Greater Bay Area Costumer's Guild will
again be presenting two very special awards. Both patrons and
participants are eligible. Costumes made by the theatrical department
or by a commercial seamstress are not eligible for these awards or the
daily costume competition. We will be giving the GBACG awards ONLY at
the last day of the Fair run. The Costume Competition has usually been
held every day on the "Father Xmas" stage around 2:30. Please see the
schedule for exact time and place.
The GBACG gives the "Rising Star" award to the best new costumer, and
the highly coveted "Fine Workmanship" award to someone who has take
special care in the workmanship, construction, trimming and
accessorizing of their costume.
The Dicken's Faire judges will be trying something new for the
daily competition this year. A few of our judges will be concentrating
specifically on Men's clothing and we will strive to have Men's and
Lady's divisions. We'd like to encourage all gentlemen to put their
best cravats forward, and ready themselves to be singled out as the
best "well turn'd out" gentleman, (See Rydell Downward on the proper
way to tie your cravat.)
One more note: the Greater Bay Area Costumer's Guild will be visiting
the fair as a group on December 11th. We hope to be able to repeat last
year's successful turn out. Please check www.gbacg.org for more
information on our plans for the day. The guild is very fond of
Dicken's Fair so please be patient while they/I examine at every aspect
of your costume!
We look forward to seeing your work at the Faire,
Jwlhyfer de Winter
aka 'Lizzie Siddal" at Dicken's,.
co founder of the GBACG and current Costume Clinic and Sewing circle
Schedule for Workshop/Dress Weekend #3
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