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

DF13logos-undated-012714Theatrical Fun in 19th Century London!

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!

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

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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

Dickens Fair Character Auditions Tomorrow Evening (including Scrooge)

A quick reminder that the Great Dickens Christmas Fair will be having auditions tomorrow evening, September 18th for Ebenezer Scrooge and Other Dickens characters. The pivotal role of Ebeneezer Scrooge will be a paid position. More information can be found at http://www.cattaylor.com/2012CharacterAuditions2.html

 

Great Dickens Christmas Fair 2012 Dickens Character Auditions – August 7th

The Great Dickens Christmas Fair

2012 Dickens Character Auditions – August 7th

Audition Synopsis:
Company Name: Red Barn Productions
Production Name: The Great Dickens Christmas Fair (www.dickensfair.com)
Audition Dates: At pre-arranged times starting at 7:00PM on the evening of Tuesday August 7th in Pacifica, CA
Pay? Mixed
Equity? No

Details: Various Dickens characters for street improv at the fair, including pivotal role of Ebeneezer Scrooge (paid part) Character list and more info at http://www.cattaylor.com/2012CharacterAuditions.html. Please email Rickie Bolin at rickielee.bolin@gmail.com to arrange an audition time and get audition location specifics.

More Information:

We are looking specifically for characters from Mr Dickens’ books. The work that actors playing these parts do is primarily improvisational, interactive theatre with our guests. Although there is some scripted work, it is done in the streets as well.

To prepare for the audition, one should prepare a monologue for either one of the listed characters or another Dickens character of your choice. We are looking as much for specific types as we are looking for specific roles, based on the overall mix of characters working in the streets of the Fair and the requirements of the Fair itself. You may be offered a different role than you auditioned for.

We are looking for physical and theatrical presence and elasticity, not simply the ability to deliver lines. For that reason it is also important to prepare for a cold reading as well as being prepared to do some free-form improvisation.

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

If there is a character in our list of available characters, 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.

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:

The Roles:

Mrs Bagnet – (middle-aged woman – Bleak House) Sturdy, plucky, resourceful and large-hearted wife of the soldier Matthew Bagnet.

Charlie Bates (teenage boy – Oliver Twist)

The Artful Dodger’s best friend. He’s a little slow on the uptake, and loves a laugh. We need a teenage boy who likes to get dirty and run around causing (choreographed) chaos.

Richard Carstone (young man – Bleak House) the dashing young ward in the Jardyce case, in love with his cousin and fellow ward, Ada Clare

Estella (young woman – Great Expectations) the proud, cold and beautiful adopted daughter of Miss Havisham – the bane of Pip’s existence the object of his adoration

Mrs General (older woman – Little Dorrit) A bastion of propriety and formidably worldly woman given to instructing everyone on what is done

William Guppy (young man – Bleak House) A comical young law clerk

Mrs. Guppy (older woman – Bleak House) Mr. Guppy’s devoted and comical mama

Mr. Monks (middle-aged man – Oliver Twist)

A vicious, mean-minded member of the upper class. Actively attempting to ruin Oliver Twist’s life. We need a man aged 25-39 or thereabouts, who wants to be an opium-addicted, scarred, jerk in fancy clothes.

Seth Pecksniff (older man – Martin Chuzzlewit) comically pretentious, hypocritical “pillar of the community”

Ebeneezer Scrooge (older man – A Christmas Carol) The most famous miser in literature. A powerful man of business (not just a moneylender) who is taken by ghosts on a journey that reconnects him to humanity. This role requires tremendous range and great stamina for both the technical demands of the role and the necessity of constant audience interaction.

Smike (young man – Nicholas Nickleby) troubled and physically challenged dogsbody of the wicked schoolmaster Wackford Squeers and devoted friend the the Nickleby family

Charlotte Sowerberry (young woman – Oliver Twist)

One of Oliver’s first tormentors, Charlotte is lower to middle class. She runs away to London with Noah Claypole after stealing her master’s money. Very protective of her beau, Noah Claypole. We need a young woman aged 18-30 who can look like she just got off the turnip cart.

Wackford Squeers (older man – Nicholas Nickleby) Yorkshire schoolmaster and larger than life villain

Grandfather Trent (older man – Old Curiosity Shop) Little Nell’s weak-willed grandfather. A complex role that will be recreating some of the travels and adventures depicted in the book

Agnes Wickfield (young woman – David Copperfield) devoted daughter and loyal supporter of David Copperfield. Clear-eyed, strong-willed and virtuous

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.

Participation in the Dickens Fair book character cast requires the ability to make the time and energy commitment, and the willingness to work in an ensemble cast. If you are cast, it is expected that your commitment to the cast will be your primary performing responsibility. You will be expected to provide your own, Dickens Fair approvable, costume. Most of these roles will be volunteer; the key role of Ebeneezer Scrooge will be a paid position.

For more on being a performer at the Great Dickens Christmas Fair, please see

http://dickensfair.com/performerinfo

Character Audition Location & Particulars

Character auditions will be held at pre-arranged times starting at 7:00PM on the evening of Tuesday August 7th, 2012 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 August 7th. 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