The Great Dickens Christmas Fair Missive
Great Dickens Christmas Fair 2016 - November Missive #5
Notes from your Missive Maven:
Thank you all for an amazing opening weekend! We've had lots of changes this year, but you all did splendidly!
I especially like this one from Google:
"I try to go every year. The people involved love this so much and their joy is infectious.
And this one from Yelp:
"The Great Dickens Christmas Fair is by far the best "themed" festival that I've been to.
inside the industrial looking buildings of the Cow Palace is a
recreation of 1800s London as Dickens imagined it. The level of detail
in the decorations, the stalls, and even the specific vendors was
incredible. Obviously many people come dressed in costume, and all the
staff playing different character roles are so engaged and authentic,
without being the least bit gimmicky."
Keep up the great work!
PS The Postcards Participant Show is scheduled for Saturday of 4th weekend, more info soon!
Please remember to contact the folks referenced in each notice below, rather than hitting "reply".
Entertainment Director, Missive & Social Media Maven
|In This Missive|
|Dance Party!! - This Saturday 8:00, Fezziwigg's Warehouse - EVERYONE invited|
|Showing & Wearing Your Passes|
|Updated: No More @redbarnproductions.org Email Addresses|
|Notes from the Costume Department|
|The audience really is watching and listening...|
|Netflix & Chill the Cranberry Sauce|
|For Cockney Christmas Service on Sundays|
|Pipe & Bowl Morris Still Seeking Interested Applicants!|
|Reminder: A Refresher on Participant Tickets|
|Reminder: Lyrics for God Save the Queen & Rule Brittania!|
|Reminder: Facebook Ride Sharing Group|
(from Mark Solum)
producers have requested that we strive to get tableaux completed, and
the venue open to the larger public, on or by 10am sharp. To
accomplish this, we need to let the tableaux crowd into the venue
starting at 9:40am at the latest, and start the tableaux at 9:50am
Note from Cat: Mr. Fezziwig assures me that the 9:30 call should still work.
Also a reminder to be quiet from 9:40 until the tableaux finishes in the Fezziwig's Bay and near the V&A.
Dance Party!! - This Saturday 8:00, Fezziwigg's Warehouse - EVERYONE invited
(from Kevin Patterson)
have hired a great DJ to spin vinyl for us from 8 - 10 PM. It
will be a mix of dance music from many eras and genre's (mid-20th
century to present).
DJ Mark Metz from Conscious Dancer Magazine will be sure to please all tastes!
to have dinner at the Tipling Toad beginning shortly after "Sweep",
raise a toast at the Leather bottle (beginning at 7:45), then
take our brand new dance floor for a test drive!!
welcome! The first 30-45 minutes will be very kid friendly.
Please encourage your kids to come dance and then make way for
the older kids as the younger ones go off to bed.
Help us "kick off" off this new tradition for our Dickens Fair community.
...there has never been a better time to dance!
Showing & Wearing Your Passes
Thank you very much for having your passes out to show our security personnel!
If you have it on a lanyard like I do, please remember to conceal it
underneath your clothing while in public view. It rather drops the
Updated: No More @redbarnproductions.org Email Addresses
Please note all of the @redbarnproductions.org email addresses have gone away.
Please update your address books to use the following email addresses:
Notes from the Costume Department
(from Liz Martin)
Thank you to everyone for contributing to this fair looking the best ever!
We will be open at 8 am Fri, Sat & Sun.
Approvals and Fastrack begin at 8. We are available for approvals all day.
Fastrack is only open till noon all 3 days.
Need a fix? Check out our rates!
Machine Hemmed pants $5 per leg
Hand hemmed $20 per hour
Crotch seam resewn $5
Crotch seam rebuild $20 per hour
Zippers $12/ 24 hour turn around
Dress hem repair $5 up to 12"
Full hem/machine/per layer $25
Hand hemmed $20 per hour
Buttons $1 with button
Without button $2
Buttonholes $3 each
Hand sewing/specialty repairs $20 per hour
(from Father Christmas stage manager, Lisa Browning)
the course of opening weekend it seems we have forgotten our curtain
etiquette. Flinging the curtains to and from backstage areas
aside draws attention and drops the penny for our guests. Please
remember to slip through quietly and single file.
As we ready ourselves for the big 3 day weekend, please remember:
At the V&A curtain:
- Always keep to the right going backstage or out into the streets of London.
- Please be mindful of the times when parades are lining up. Toy Parade 10:45AM
Father Christmas 12:45PM
Queen's Procession 2:45PM (time slightly flexible depending on conditions)
At the Father Christmas Stage:
- This curtain is not to be used during the day (10AM until 6:30PM) unless you are a performer at this stage.
- Please stay out of the corridor near the Toy Parade backstage. We have a lot of performers with props who need to get in and out of their backstage areas quickly.
At all curtains whether to outside or into booth areas:
- Keep to the right going back stage or out into the streets of London.
- Please go through slowly checking for guests, strollers or our fellow performers doing a bit on the London side.
- If you have to carry something big or awkward, ask a fellow performer to help you to avoid getting caught on the curtain.
The audience really is watching and listening...
(from Therese Porter)
audience really is watching and listening. If you are in a place where
the audience can hear you, please don't indulge in snark, "office
gossip," or rude assessments of other performers. If you must indulge
in that sort of thing, take it backstage.
Also if you are
visible to the audience but in a place where they cannot hear you,
maintain your physical characterisation. You can talk about modern
issues (if you must) and still look like you are carrying on a period conversation, thus enhancing the ambience we are trying to create.
can also - with remarkably little adjustment - discuss needful modern
things in such a way that it reads period both visually and audibly.
The audience loves "overhearing" our character conversations.
Be a part of the magic, not the splash of cold water that diminishes it.
Netflix & Chill the Cranberry Sauce
(Post Turkey Day Digestion Edition)
(from Therese Porter)
survived Opening Weekend! (Right?) And now we are staring three days of
continuous Dickensian merriment in the face. However, between that deep
plunge into London and us is Thanksgiving, so why not use some of that
day of rest, food, fellowship, &c to enjoy an adaptation or two of
The Book Without Which We Would Not Being Doing This to get ourselves
further into the spirit of the thing?
There are so many
versions, and everyone has their favourites, but what follows are a few
of the popular and readily available versions.
One of the classics is the 1951 version (http://imdb.to/2gfSjWy
with Alistair Sim as Scrooge. Although it is a little heavy on what
this writer feels is extraneous backstory at the expense of what Our
Author actually wrote, it is full of wonderful touches and solid
performances. Scrooge's Redemption is especially good.
The 1984 version features George C. Scott as Scrooge and David Warner as Bob Cratchit along with a really fine cast (IMDB http://bit.ly/2gA2rdw
effectively tells the story and tugs a bit at the heartstrings
(Spoiler alert - the sort of cheesy Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come
doesn't mar things too much).
The version starring Patrick Stewart (1999 http://imdb.to/2geBDv5
has some really nice touches, good costumes and solid casting. Briskly
paced, but still relatively true the book (the dippy Christmas YTC is a
bit of a distraction). The Cratchit family are nicely portrayed.
"Scrooge," starring Albert Finney is a musical (1970 http://imdb.to/2fpMRPK
and while there are some fine elements of the story illustrated, not
all of the production numbers work; however, "Thank You Very
Much" is one of the most strangely enchanting production numbers in the
history of cinema. The street scenes are very engaging, and convey
something of what we are trying to do (not unlike those in "Oliver!").
Excellent Jacob Marley action.
Interestingly enough, the Muppets' version (1992 IMDB http://imdb.to/2gexRSq
aside from being witty and charming, mostly adheres to the story and
ends up being rather satisfying. Bonus! Michael Caine as Scrooge.
Although parts of the animated version by Disney (2009 http://imdb.to/2gA7mez
with Jim Carey voicing Scrooge seem like a prototype for a
Christmas theme ride, many of the elements work really well and the
visuals are frequently stunning.
There are certainly plenty of others to choose from - go find your own favourite and God Bless Us, Every One!
have been questions lately about whether we have wheelchair rentals at
the Dickens Fair - we do! Wheelchairs are available for rental at the
Cloak Check inside the Fair for $10.00 per half day (4 hours) or $20.00
per full day (4+ hours) on a first-come, first-served basis.
For Cockney Christmas Service on Sundays
(from Joe Cinelli)
Participants please take a seat in the right or left rows of benches, when attending.
This way we keep the middle row open for patrons to sit up a bit closer and get a better view of the experience
(Of course Sal and her guests will always have front row priority for theatrical purposes)
Thank you, lovelies!
Pipe & Bowl Morris Still Seeking Interested Applicants!
(from Jason Adajian)
this continuing Dickens Fair and in preparation for our 2017
season, the Pipe & Bowl Morris Men are still holding try-outs
for new dancers. Perhaps you already have a gig or part-time job
at the fair; in case this could work with your schedule, the Pipe
& Bowl Morris performs two 30 minute stage shows daily, 12:30 and
2:45 at Mad Sal's, and we invite interested folks to come to our
show to see what is involved.
are looking for fit and healthy men ages 18 and above, with a lack of
joint injuries or back conditions. Knowledge of Morris Dancing is not
required, though any kind of folk or social dance experience is a plus,
as well as any previous theatrical background. If you are selected we
will teach you everything you will need to know to be part of our
performance-oriented tradition. A good attitude, sense of humor and
eagerness to learn are encouraged!
If you are interested, please email Jason Adajian at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit us in person at the Bruno Academy of Music during the fair day. Thank you!
Reminder: A Refresher on Participant Tickets and Will Call
Just some refresher information on this... Participant tickets are only $15 and are good 'any one day' of the Fair. Children's participant tickets (5-12 years of age) are $10. You
must present a valid 2016 gate pass. Normal price is $30 for each
day - so this is a great deal! They are available at the Pass
House and credit cards are accepted. Will call envelopes are
also available at the Pass House so you can purchase tickets and place
them in the envelope basket which will be delivered to the Will Call
booth at front gate each Fair morning at 8:30, 9:00, 9:30, 10:00, and
Reminder: Lyrics for God Save the Queen & Rule Brittania!
(from Dave Batzloff)
A reminder of the words to our patriotic songs, along with a few notes:
God Save the Queen:
God save our gracious Queen,
Long live our noble Queen,
God save the Queen:
Send her victorious,
Happy and glorious,
Long to reign over us:
God save the Queen.
God Save the Queen, besides being our national anthem, is a prayer.
It is sung while standing upright, hands at your side,
Gentlemen with their hats off.
When Britain fi-i-irst, at heaven's command,
Aro-o-o-ose from out the a-a-a-zure main,
Arose, arose from ou-ou-ou-out the a-zure main,
This was the charter, the charter of the land,
And guardian a-a-angels sang this strain:
Britannia rule the waves
Britons never, never, never shall be slaves.
Britannia rule the waves.
Britons never, never, never shall be slaves.
Rule Britannia is not the national anthem, standing still is not required
it goes quite well with flag waving, etc.
also notice it is RULE Britannia, it is a command from the angels to rule the waves.
Reminder: Facebook Ride Sharing Group
There is a Dickens Fair ride sharing group at
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~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