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Workshops for the Great Dickens Christmas Fair Start Halloween Morning!

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Come join us as denizens of Dickens’ Victorian London!
Seven stages and more than 700 costumed performers!
Come one come all, learn to act, costume and improvise for the biggest Christmas party on Earth –  in costume, in character, be a star!

We’re looking for characters from the books of Charles Dickens, and ‘Dickensian’ characters of ALL sorts.
What do you get out of it? Just the most fun you’ll ever have and lots of new friends!
Don’t be afraid if you haven’t done this before and don’t know anything about it, we have lots of wonderful classes and teachers!

Workshops and auditions for the Great Dickens Christmas Fair begin at 10:00AM on the morning of October 31st, 2015 at Oceana High School in Pacifica. Find out more here: http://dickensfair.com/involved/vendors-performers

The Dickens Christmas Fair is a bustling theatrical environment, combining the magic of the traditional holiday season with the writings of Charles Dickens and the rich tapestry of Victorian England. The Fair is a combination of stage performances and improvisational acting in the streets of our London, always involving the audience and encouraging them to feel part of the show. The goal of workshops is to create not just an event, but a world. Our visitors comment regularly about being transported to another place and time, and the way no other event can. In order for a world to really thrive, its’ inhabitants need to not only look their characters and act their characters, they need to *think* their characters. This allows us all to really become other people and it’s a lot of fun, both for our audience and for us.

So come out to workshops, on Halloween morning and join in with the biggest Victorian cast on earth!

Don’t just play the video game, learn to LIVE IT, at the workshops for the Great Dickens Christmas Fair!

The Great Dickens Christmas Fair runs five weekends starting November 21st, 2015 including the Friday after Thanksgiving. Three Acres of Victorian Holiday Delights – Gifts, Food, Drink, & Entertainments at the Cow Palace in Daly City, CA.

Get more information at http://dickensfair.com/involved/vendors-performers

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: Innkeeper, Another Round of Auditions for Dickens Characters! 10/22

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The next round of Dickens Character auditions will take place at pre-arranged times at Mission Alchemy Event Space on the evening of Tuesday, October 22nd.

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

The Book that started all, “A Christmas Carol,” is looking for several crucial cast members:

  • 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
Additionally Other Books is specifically looking for

  • Nicholas Nickelby, the dashing, young, hotheaded hero of the book by the same name.
Although we are not actively casting for any other specific characters,Other Books is always looking for vivid, interesting people to liven up the streets of London and our guests’ experience of the Fair. 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.

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.

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.

Please note that the Christmas Carol characters must be able to memorize lines and follow the script exactly.
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 October 22nd. 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

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

SF Blind Cafe Now Auditioning Musicians for Small Chamber Orchestra

A Concert and Sensory Tasting In The Pitch Dark!

I just got a note from Rosh Rocheleau who is putting together the music for this very interesting project. First, a little background from their website:

“The San Francisco Blind Cafe, is a mind bending / heart opening experience where the audience will indulge in a vegetarian ‘Sensory Tasting Experience’, participate in a Q & A with their blind wait staff and enjoy a concert of original music…all in the pitch dark. This is NOT just another dinner in the dark…it’s a community experience where people connect, learn and grow from working together to participate in something greater than themselves. The San Francisco Blind Cafe is designed to help you feel more alive, awake, present and connected to your world. We donate a portion of the proceeds from our events to a local blind organization to help the blind community.”

From Rosh:
“The SF Blind Cafe dates are booked and I’m now auditioning musicians for the small Chamber Orchestra that will perform in the dark with me. The shows will be Oct. 10th – 12th, 24th -26th and Nov. 7th -9th. We are looking for a ‘lead Cellist’ ( the scores for the songs are written with the Cello as the lead instrument) and also for a violist, two violinist and bass. Since this is a charity event, it’s not a highly paid position but the musicians do get several comp seats to give to their friends.

Here is the link to the music page: http://theblindcafe.com/the-music/
And to the SF Blind Cafe site: http://theblindcafe.com/san-francisco-blind-cafe/

You can reach Rosh at rosh1826@gmail.com

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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A Feathered Adventurer (Found: A Blue Parakeet)

So, Tanya was on her way up our hill to visit the night before last. As I walked outside and Pete emerged from the garage there was a flurry of feathers and a little blue and white parakeet fluttered by. We tried carefully to catch it, but after attempt #2 it went straight for our busy street. A car went right over it, but somehow did not squish it, only causing a tumble and momentary discombobulation, which allowed us to stop traffic and scoop it up. Pete cradled it carefully in his hands, got nipped a few times , and Tanya went to find the folks she had seen looking for it.

She couldn’t find them but remembered that the woman walking a terrier (named Frankie) had been with them. It turns out she was their neighbor, and although it wasn’t their bird, they did have a French bulldog (perhaps that’s why they couldn’t keep a bird). They did have a small traveling cage which they loaned us, so we currently have at least a temporary new feathered roommate, Pete nicknamed “Cooper” after the blue Mini-Cooper whose near miss allowed us to catch it.

Cooper is blue and white, in pretty good shape, and we think a young female. We’ve checked with the pet store in Noe Valley, posted on Twitter, CraigsList, SFGate. I feel like the poor little thing is missing someone and someone is missing her. If you are missing a little blue parakeet, please let us know.