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Dickens Fair Character Auditions October 3rd in Pacifica (and more…)

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The Dickens book character groups are ensemble casts that pride themselves on showcasing the vast panoply of Dickens’ brilliantly wrought characters. Dickens’ characters are big, bold and quirky with a lot of theatrical and interactive opportunities, plus tons of scenery to chew. Our lives at Fair are one big theatrical and improvisational banquet throughout the day, interacting with our guests and fellow cast members, and creating scenes from Dickens’ works.

If there is a role in a Dickens book or adaptation that you want to play (or simply find appealing) prepare a brief piece to read – and act – for the audition team. It will give us a clearer idea of your capabilities and the type of character you want to play. Dickens wrote a lot of vivid characters – both male and female – that cover a broad range of age, class and eccentricity level. The books are a theatrical goldmine! There is an enormous amount of material available online to help make your search fun and interesting as well as easy.

More information on the character roles available, please see the Dickens Fair missives page at
http://www.cattaylor.com/missives.html
where you can also see audition opportunities for other shows and casts,  and sign up for the missive (newsletter) list.

For more information about performing at the fair, please see:
http://www.dickensfair.com/involved/vendors-performers/performerinfo

36th Great Dickens Christmas Fair Tickets Onsale Now!

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Tickets onsale now! Step into a Victorian wonderland of waltzing, feasting, laughing and singing!

Purchase “Print at Home” tickets now through October 15th and save $5 off the box office price of $25 Adult tickets (good weekends 1 thru 3). Children’s tickets are only $10 online!

Discover new ways to amaze and delight your senses around every corner… Applaud, marvel, carouse, dance, and mingle with old friends and new, at the 36th annual Great Dickens Christmas Fair! Purchase your tickets early and save!

A Tale of Two Scrooges (Three, Actually)

The face of London’s favourite curmudgeon will look both different and familiar at the Great Dickens Christmas Fair this year. Don Hardy, who stepped into Martin’s large and well-loved shoes for Dickens 2012, will be snarling his way through the streets again this year! Other commitments drew him away from last year’s show, and Dennis Parks, who made a striking impression in his maiden voyage at Dickens Fair as the deliciously loathsome Wackford Squeers (from Nicholas Nickelby) stepped in to give a bravura turn in 2013. He is returning to his first love, improvisational interactive theatre, as Squeers and promises other delights as well.

Please welcome Don back to the family, and support both of these actors as they settle into their roles.

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Our own Phyllis Patterson, in a nice write-up in the New York Times.

Dickens Fair 35th Anniversary Tickets go on sale today – order early and save $5 per adult admission!

Great Dickens Christmas Fair

Discover a lamplit city of feasting, laughing, dancing, & shopping for treasures. Over 700 performers sweep you into the sumptuous world of Charles Dickens’ London.

JOIN US OPENING WEEKEND NOVEMBER 23rd and 24th (the weekend BEFORE Thanksgiving!) for the very best selection of one-of-a-kind handcrafted gifts.

Quite possibly the most elaborate, inventive, and unique Christmas event in the world – and a beloved Bay Area tradition – the Great Dickens Christmas Fair & Victorian Holiday Party showcases over three acres of exhibition halls transformed into a brilliant facsimile of Victorian London circa the 1840s-1860s. It is the peak of the British Empire, Queen Victoria reigns and Charles Dickens is dazzling the world with writing unequaled since the Bard put quill to vellum. Enter an ever-changing slice of Dickens’ incomparable London, warmly lit and lovingly decorated. Discover winding lanes, shops and pubs, tearooms, lecture halls, a grand Music Hall, and the boisterous London dockside – all brought to life by over 750 skilled and authentically costumed performers.

The Fair kicks off on November 23 and continues FIVE weekends (including the Friday after Thanksgiving!) through Sunday, December 22, 2013 at San Francisco’s historic Cow Palace, 2600 Geneva Ave.

Enjoy traditional favorites and new shows on seven stages!

Now entering its 35th season, the Great Dickens Christmas Fair is the incomparable holiday original that generations of families have embraced as their holiday tradition.

It’s an exciting old-time world for friends and family to explore for hours on end, even over multiple days or weekends. Arrive early, stay late, or simply join us for “dinner and a show” as you would in Charles Dickens’ London!

There is something to amaze and delight your senses around every corner of our winding lamplit streets. The opportunity to applaud, marvel, carouse, dance, and mingle with old friends and new in a festive Victorian world makes the Great Dickens Christmas Fair unlike any other event in the world – while presenting an enchanting alternative to the typical commercial fare of the season.

Purchase “Print at Home” tickets now through October 15th and save $5 off the box office price of $25 Adult tickets. A $2 discount for children (ages 5-12) is also offered. It’s a deal even Scrooge would love! Don’t delay, purchase your “passports” to Dickens’ London today!

Explore our website www.dickensfair.com for a wealth of information about the Fair and the exciting world of Charles Dickens’ London!

Do join us in “London in San Francisco”!

The Great Dickens Christmas Fair & Victorian Holiday Party
Nov. 23 – Dec. 22
FIVE Weekends, beginning the weekend before Thanksgiving!

When High on the Walls You have Twined
The Green Holly,
Let Music Resound and Let All
Be Most Jolly!

Dickens Fair: Dickens Character Auditions September 24th in Pacifica

Great Dickens Christmas Fair
The Dickens book character groups are ensemble casts that pride themselves on showcasing the vast panoply of Dickens’ brilliantly wrought characters. Dickens’ characters are big, bold and quirky with a lot of theatrical and interactive opportunities, plus tons of scenery to chew. Our lives at Fair are one big theatrical and improvisational banquet throughout the day, interacting with our guests and fellow cast members, and creating scenes from Dickens’ works.

If there is a role in a Dickens book or adaptation that you want to play (or simply find appealing) prepare a brief piece to read – and act – for the audition team. It will give us a clearer idea of your capabilities and the type of character you want to play. Dickens wrote a lot of vivid characters – both male and female – that cover a broad range of age, class and eccentricity level. The books are a theatrical goldmine! There is an enormous amount of material available online to help make your search fun and interesting as well as easy.

Other than the specific ones noted below, we need vivid, interesting people to liven up the streets of London and our guests’ experience of the Fair.

NOTE: Auditioning for a Dickens character is like any other theatrical audition – preparation is crucial. When considering auditioning for any of these roles, please take the time to do some research on the character to determine both that it is a role that you would be able to play and something you would enjoy doing. Being prepared also makes it easier for you to show yourself at your best and will make the casting process move more smoothly for all parties.

Although we are not limiting our search to these roles, these are the characters we are specifically interested in casting:

From A Christmas Carol:
Bob Cratchit (hard to place the age) – Scrooge’s gentle, much put-upon clerk. A devoted family man and ardent Christmas enthusiast
Ghost of Christmas Present (no specific age) – Larger than life, irrepressibly jolly and loud. The condensed essence of Christmas celebrations
Nephew Fred – (youngish man) Scrooge’s dashing, lively and ebullient nephew, a one man PR campaign for hospitality and Christmas cheer
Mrs. Fred (young woman) – Fred’s adorable wife, lively, gracious and irresistibly charming

From Oliver Twist:
Bill Sykes: The meanest, worst, and most murderous bad guy in all of Dickensian literature. Bill Sikes has no redeeming features and is universally reviled. You should have strength to be theatrically vicious all day and be able to play with anyone.

From David Copperfield:
David Copperfield (male ingénue) – The portrait of the author as a young man. Sensitive, artistic and the quintessence of a young man embarking on life’s journey.From Nicholas Nickelby:
Nicholas Nickelby (male ingénue) – Dashing, heroic, and sometimes intemperate, a young man with a burning need to not merely make his way in the world but to succeed

We are looking for energy, commitment, fearlessness and willingness to be part of an ensemble. We are interested in casting a wide variety of characters, ranging across all ages, classes and emotional quirks. We encourage interested parties to read one of the books, or at least view one of the superb adaptations currently available to get a clearer picture of these characters.

For more on being a performer at the Great Dickens Christmas Fair, please see
http://dickensfair.com/performerinfo

Character auditions will be held at pre-arranged times starting at 7:00PM on the evening of Tuesday September 24th in Pacifica, CA. Please allow time to find the room and get situated. (Location particulars will be given when you schedule your appointment)The character parts listed above are open as of now, if you played one of them last year and would like to do so again, please contact your director as soon as possible.If you would like to audition for one of these roles, please email Entertainment Department Assistant Rickie Bolin at rickielee.bolin@gmail.com with the following information:
1. Your full name, email address and phone number
2. The character(s) you would like to audition for. (Please prepare a bit of the dialogue for that character – see web resources below – and be prepared to improvise as that character.)
3. Your first, second and third choice of audition time on Tuesday September 24th. The auditions will be scheduled at 15 minute intervals, please be patient as we sometimes get a bit behind when auditioning promising actors.
4. Optional: A brief note of any experience you would like us to know about.We will have applications and accept resumes (not required) at the auditions.Here’s a great page to learn more about the characters and the books: http://charlesdickenspage.com/works.html

Workshops for the Great Dickens Christmas Fair 2013

Great Dickens Christmas Fair

Workshops for Dickens Fair 2013 will begin November 2nd. If you are interested in performing at the fair, please see this page for more information: http://dickensfair.com/performerinfo

Dickens Fair Extended Show/Group Proposal Deadline, July 13

The days are long, the weather is warm (well mostly) and our friends are dressing funny in Sacramento. You know what that means… It’s time to start thinking about Dickens Fair!

Well, some of us have already been thinking about it and are making plans… mwahaha…

If you have ideas for new shows or groups for the fair this year, now is the time! Please email your proposal to me *this week* at cat@redbarnproductions.org. Please do not send any new environmental area requests, we have no more room this year.

Please keep the following in mind if you are proposing a show:

  • No fire performances
  • No prerecorded music/audio, video/animation
  • Costumes, language, sets and props must be appropriate for mid-19th century London (not Renaissance)
  • No modern performance styles (no aerial silks, etc.) or obvious modern (vs. Victorian) technology
  • Able to fit on available stage sizes

Please also consult all of the information on the Dickens Fair performer’s page before proposing a show or group.

Thanks!

Cat Taylor
Entertainment Director, Missive & Social Media Maven

As of today, over 5000 people “like” the Dickens Fair Facebook page!

As of today, over 5000 people “like” the Dickens Fair on Facebook – Likable, loveable, laudable London in San Francisco! https://www.facebook.com/DickensFair

Here’s a fun “historical” video to celebrate!

Map of Dickens’ London | dickensfair.com

Map of the Dickens Fair

Chart your course through London in advance with our fabulous new map!
Map of Dickens’ London | dickensfair.com
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