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The Great Dickens Christmas Fair

2012 Dickens Fair Auditions for "Mad Sal"
and Other Singers in the Broadside Music Hall
September 24th, 2012

Audition Synopsis:

Company Name: Red Barn Productions
Production Name: The Great Dickens Christmas Fair (
Audition Date: At pre-arranged times starting at 7:00PM on the evening of Monday September 24th at Oceana High School in Pacifica, CA
Pay? Mixed
Equity? No

Open Audition for the Role of Mad Sal
The character of Mad Sal is quite larger than life, she is a "business woman", running a very successful house of ill repute in the lower side of 19th century Victorian London and also taking the stage as a talented comedic actress and singer. Actress must move well onstage, be a strong singer, and most importantly have a quick wit and be able to improvise in any situation.  She must be able to hold her own in group of strong performers and take command of a large stage and theatrical environment (including a 40' bar),  with bawdy, saucy, playful, 'take no prisoners' aplomb. 

Open Auditions for Female Singers
The Broadside Music Hall is also looking for strong, comedic female singers between the ages of 18 and 30 who are strong-willed, loud, braver than is probably wise, and love an environment where wit is an Olympic sport.

Note: The Dickens Fair is a family show, so no "blue" language, although naughtiness is implicit in both the characters and the Mad Sal's area.

Performers must be able to commit to weekend rehearsals in October and November, plus all workshop and Fair dates and be are in robust good health with no physical limitations (comedy dancing is harder than it looks).

Character auditions will be held at pre-arranged times starting at 7:00PM on the evening of Monday September 24th, 2012 at Oceana High School in Pacifica, CA. Please allow time to find the green room and get situated.

Please be prepared to perform two contrasting songs (preferably in a British Music Hall style) and bring sheet music for your accompanist in the key in which you will perform the song. Be ready to improvise dialogue with the director or others in the cast.  You are also welcome to prepare a few lines of dialogue that you think might be appropriate and show off your abilities for these roles.

If you would like to audition for one of these roles, please email entertainment department assistant Rickie Bolin at with the following information:

1. Your full name, email address and phone number and a website if you have one.
2. The character(s) you would like to audition for.
3. Your first, second and third choice of audition time on Monday September 24th. The auditions will be scheduled at 15 minute intervals, please be patient as we sometimes get a bit behind when auditioning promising performers.
4. Optional: A brief note of any experience you would like us to know about. We will have applications and accept resumes at the auditions.

About the Great Dickens Christmas Fair:
A Bay Area tradition since 1970, the Great Dickens Christmas Fair returns to the San Francisco Cow Palace Exhibition Halls for FIVE weekends in 2012, including the Friday after Thanksgiving, from Friday, November 23 through Sunday, December 23, from 10am 'til 7pm. Boasting seven stages and 750 performers, the bustling streets of London, immortalized for all time by the mighty pen of Charles Dickens, form the living backdrop of your excursion into Christmas Past. You are a living part of a Victorian Christmas card come to life!

For more on being a performer at the Great Dickens Christmas Fair, please see
Please note that he Dickens Fair is considered community theater and is a non-union situation.  Small stipend available.

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