The Great Dickens Christmas Fair Missive
Great Dickens Christmas Fair 2016 - December Missive #2
Notes from your Missive Maven:
Interviews, upcoming evening events and notes for the weekend. Have fun and take care of yourselves!
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|In This Missive|
|Interviews with Robert Young & Laurie Tavan|
|Some Seasonal Quotes from Our Author|
|Notes from the Costume Department|
|Fireman's Toy Drive - Participant Edition|
|Telegraph Booth Announces New Prices|
|Postcards After-Hours Show This Saturday 8:00 at the V&A|
|After Hours Child Care for Those Parents Wishing to See Postcards|
|David Birkhead Memorial - This Saturday 7:30 at Paddy West Stage|
|A Simple Solstice - Closing Saturday|
|PEERS: Victorian 12th Night Ball ~ January 7th|
|Reminder: No More @redbarnproductions.org Email Addresses|
|Reminder: A Refresher on Participant Tickets|
Interviews with Robert Young & Laurie Tavan
Robert Young was featured this week on KGO Radio's "The Brian Copeland Show".
You can listen to the show their website at:
or subscribe to The Brian Copeland Show or Theater Row podcast on iTunes. The Brian Copeland Show is the only show in the Bay Area with a segment specifically dedicated to promoting live performance.
Laurie Tavan spoke
with @Noelophile about the magic of the Dickens Fair and her
experiences portraying Queen Victoria, touching on characterization,
costume, and the workshop and year-round rehearsal process. You can
find the interview here: http://noelophile.com/?p=10410
Some Seasonal Quotes from Our Author
(via Therese Porter)
is probably a smell of roasted chestnuts and other good comfortable
things all the time, for we are telling Winter Stories - Ghost Stories,
or more shame for us - round the Christmas fire; and we have never
stirred, except to draw a little nearer to it.
~A Christmas Tree
it was a very uncommon kind of torch, for once or twice when there were
angry words between some dinner-carriers who had jostled each other, he
shed a few drops of water on them from it, and their good humour was
restored directly. For they said, it was a shame to quarrel upon
Christmas Day. And so it was! God love it, so it was!
~A Christmas Carol
Notes from the Costume Department
(from Liz Martin)
How can it be 4th weekend already??? The 2016 season in London is coming quickly to an end.
Costume Shop would like to thank all of you who have taken advantage of
our alteration and fix it service. Please keep in mind that this
weekend is probably the last weekend that we can do projects.
We will, of course, be available for emergency repairs until the final day of fair.
gentle reminder that the Costume Shop workers would like to leave ASAP
(just like all of you) at night. Rented costumes are to be
returned NO LATER than 7:30 unless previous arrangements have been made.
the next two weekends, there may be a time when you find the Costume
Shop closed. We will post when we will return. And we may not be open
at 8am every day.
Looking towards next year
you are thinking about a new costume or pieces for the 2017 season
please remember that Alexandria, Scott, Liesl and myself all take
private commissions. Feel free to stop by and get a head start on next
season!. Discounts and time payment plans available! Bring pictures if
you can of specific ideas, or just come in to explore an idea.
Dickens has never looked better... let's make 2017 even more amazing.
Fireman's Toy Drive - Participant Edition
(from Laurie Tavan)
The Fair is collecting toys from patrons, but why not from us as well! Would your cast like to join in?
Royals Day, Saturday Dec. 10th, Her Majesty is putting NEW unwrapped
toys into decorative sacks for delivery to the Adventurers Club
(AC). Casts are encouraged to attend royals day from 5pm to
5:30pm with brief visits to donate toys and gig with the Queen. Please
arrive with you toys disguised in in cloth sacks that are tied shut
(for theatrical reasons as modern toys will not be welcome on stage).
Laurie Tavan will be in all black mundanes with a camera and can help
cue you up to greet the Queen, at which point you will be
announced and presented.
I have one wooden Victorian
horse toy we can use if any of our young participants wants to come to
be presented at the AC with a "gift" from the Queen (item would be
returned to Royals at the end of the day). If you wish to plan a
specific gig surrounding this idea please contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org
unwrapped toys may also be dropped off ahead of time at the Royals
lock-up backstage prior to 2:45pm on Saturday so I have time to get
them over to the AC myself (look for all the hanging Christmas
stockings and the VR sign near the curtain to the Father Christmas
Stage). To get things going, a few burgundy sacks are available on
the stocking rack, any cast is welcome to take a sack to fill and
All toys collected are given to the Daly City Fire Department's "Operation Santa Claus" toy drive.
Telegraph Booth Announces New Prices
(from Karen Porter )
booth announces new prices. This will be the first ever price
increase for the telegraph since it''s beginnings in the dim mists of
time. Participants telegrams will now be....wait for it....$4
instead of $3 and all add-ons will go up by $1@. The
prepaid cards will still be honored with no increase. You can get
them for the old price of $20 thru this fair and they will still
be honored next year as well. The price for them will increase
Postcards After-Hours Show This Saturday 8:00 at the V&A
(from Diana Young)
forget! This Saturday evening, December 10th at 8 PM in the
V&A, it's Postcards' annual private showing for Participants, with
special guest cameos! As usual, 18+, Gate Pass required. Do
join us for this year's jolly romp, as Mrs. Everard keeps her husband
Horatio's spirits high!
After Hours Child Care for Those Parents Wishing to See Postcards
(from Robin Edwards-Harvey
you wish to see the night time performance of Postcards, but you are
wondering what to do with your minor child, have them come back to the
Toy box area for some Pizza, Crafts, Movies and fun. Cost is $10 per
child, but please contact Robin Edwards-Harvey PRIOR to Saturday Evening. email@example.com
David Birkhead Memorial - This Saturday 7:30 at Paddy West Stage
(from Kathleen Twombly)
join us at the Paddy West Stage on Sat, Dec. 10th for a memorial
to remember David Birkhead and mark his premature passing.
was a friend to many, the Twilziewop "feather-weight" champion, one of
the founders of the Rounders Tournaments as a player and umpire, as
well as a member of the Black Powder Shooters at Old Calif. Old San
Francisco, Dickens, and Old Sacramento. Please bring your best
David stories to share.
A Simple Solstice - Closing Saturday
(from Kevin Patterson)
will be Solstice soon! Join us for a family dinner and a bit of
song and poetry as we beacon the sun to begin its return.
Saturday of closing weekend at 7:45 at the sign of the Mermaid in
Fish Street. Dinner is limited on a first come basis, so use the
link to purchase soon. The Mermaid will also be open to everyone
at 7:45 with $3 beer, wine, bubbly and cider (free Soda). Pipe
& Bowl will step off at precisely 7:55 with the Bromley Horn dance
to begin our short program of words, song and dance.
PEERS: Victorian 12th Night Ball ~ January 7th
(from James & Cathleen Myers)
Saturday, January 7, enjoy another jolly evening of dancing in Dickens'
London at the elegant Alameda Elks Lodge at 2255 Santa Clara Avenue in
and Mrs. Fezziwig invite you to A Victorian 12th Night Ball - with
special guest Charles Dickens. After a Victorian dance lesson at 7pm,
Bangers & Mash plays an evening of popular Victorian ballroom dance
music and lively English Country Dances (which will be briefly taught
and called). No partners required! Intermission performances by
the Peerless Music Hall and Mr. Dickens himself.
costume (circa 1837-1870, any class) or modern evening dress is
admired, but not required. You may spend the evening dancing in the
grand ballroom - or visit Mr. Fezziwig's spacious wine cellar - where
some of the less respectable citizens of London invite you to join them
and enjoy an excellent no-host bar (That means you pays for yer own
drinks, my dears!) or chat and take photos in the beautiful Edwardian
parlour - or do all three over the course of the evening! Tickets are
$20 in advance(by December 28); $25 at the door.
James & Cathleen Myers
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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
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~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