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DCF 2005: Special Closing Weekend Activities
(sent December 14th, 2005)

It's been a great year and we have a couple of fun things in store for closing weekend. As most of you know, several years ago the Adventurer's Club, in conjunction with the Dickens Fair, started the annual Sehkmet Awards, affectionately known as the "Sehkies". It is the Dickens Fair's own "Oscar" night,  where the wonderful talents of our cast are recognized. The nominees and award winners are the "best of the best" at the fair, and are chosen through an exhaustive process, by a panel of Dickens Fair directors.  The awards recognize the Fair's finest street, stage and musical performances, as well as the best ensemble and individual character work. 

The 4th Annual Sehkmet Awards Ceremony will be held at the Adventurers Club this Saturday December 17th at 5:15PM. Steve George, director of the AC, has been given a copy of the stage schedule for that day and will try and have the presentation of the awards at times when the nominees can all be there. This is a daunting task, (almost as bad as the annual Oscar tabulation) and we wish him well. If you cannot be there, please send a representative to accept your award in your stead.

Special Note: Each year there are surprise awards, so even if you don't win in the category in which you are nominated, stay around just in case there may be a surprise laying in wait for you.

2005 Sehkmet Award Nominees

THE OLD CURIOUSITY SHOP
: Best Ensemble Performance
Costermongers, David Copperfield, Dickens Family Parlour , Fezziwig's, Pickwick Papers, Oliver Twist

THE CRYSTAL PALACE AWARD: Best Environmental Area
Dickens Family Parlour , Green Man Inn, Paddy West

THE JOY OF CHRISTMAS AWARD: Best Christmas Spirit
Coventry Carollers , Fezziwig's, Fiddling Christmas Tree

THE SAVOY AWARD: Best Stage Act
Christmas Pantomime, Crummles, Naughty French Postcards, Siamsa,

THE EAST CHEAP AWARD: Best Actor, East End
Dr. Bodie, Fagin, Willie Quick, Bill Sikes

THE BOW'S BELLS AWARD: Best Actress, East End
Charity Glidewell, Eileen Dover, Nancy

THE HENRY IRVING AWARD: Best Actor, West End
Charles Dickens, Major Fezziwig, MacBeth, Uriah Heep, Samuel Pickwick

THE SARAH SIDDENS AWARD: Best Actress, West End
Ninetta Crummles, Mrs. Crummles, Miss Sarah Forbes, Lady MacBeth, Rose Maylie

SIR ARTHUR SULLIVAN AWARD: Best Musical Act Onstage
Broadside Music Hall Revue, Christmas Pantomime, Coventry Carolers, The LORS,  Paddy West, Siamsa

THE CHARLES DICKENS AWARD: Best Portrayal of a Dickens Character
Fagin, Uriah Heep, Mrs. Lammle, Samuel Pickwick, Ebeneezer Scrooge, Sam Weller

THE ALICE IN WONDERLAND AWARD: Best Child Performer
Martha Cratchit/Fanny Squiers, Midshipmen, Smike, Three Little Fairies, Twinkleton Girls, Oliver Twist,

THE HYDE PARK AWARD: Best Male Costuming
Prince Albert, Mr. Brownlow, Sidney Carton Darnay, Samuel Pickwick, Sam Weller

THE REGENT'S PARK AWARD: Best Female Costuming
Lady Elizabeth Bird, Fanny Dorrit, Mrs. Major Fezziwig, Mrs.Merdle, Bella Wilfer,

THE JEKYLL & HYDE AWARD: Diversity in Characterization
Martha Cratchit/Fanny Squiers
Eileen Dover/Queen Victoria
Major Fezziwig/Christmas Present
Mrs Flora Finching/Madame Mantalini/Lola Montez
Sir Mulberry Hawk/Brooker (from Nicholas Nickelby)/Alfred Mantalini/Captain Beresford (at the AC)
Mr. Lammle/John Browdie
Sam Weller/Malcolm (MacBeth)
H.G. Wells/Gen. Sir Howard Elphinstone/The Goblin King


Participants Only Performance of Naughty French Postcards
Now for all of you good adult-type children who are reading the whole missive, the other special treat. Due to the overwhelming popularity of the Naughty French Postcards, they will be presenting a special participants-only performance Saturday evening at the V&A at approximately 8:00PM (or whenever security has successfully encouraged the last customers to leave the building.)

Beverage has also graciously offered to open the nearby Leather Bottle Pub for your consummatory pleasure, at reduced prices.

As this is a private party, there will not be someone checking age at the door, but we encourage parents to use their best judgement as to whether you want your children to attend. It's a lovely show, but there is some nudity, even though it is behind a scrim, and this is liable to be a rather rowdy performance.  We will have one official photographer, but politely request that you do not take photographs, as such photos, taken out of context and posted online, could cause misunderstandings with the public.

And yes, we know there are other celebrations that night, Oak, Ash & Thorn are at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley and Ye Gaskell Occasional Dance Society  has their Victorian Ball in Oakland. We understand that you have choices in your entertainment and appreciate your patronage. <wink>

Cat

PS The regular missive will be out on Thursday as usual.




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