The Great Dickens Christmas Fair Missive
Great Dickens Christmas Fair 2017 - September Missive #1
Notes from your Missive Maven:
after Labor Day weekend and things are a poppin'! There will be another
missive with more announcements within the week, but I wanted to get
this one out today since tickets have just gone on sale! Off we go!
Please remember to contact the folks referenced in each notice below, rather than hitting "reply".
Entertainment Director, Missive & Social Media Maven
|In This Missive|
|Tickets On Sale for the 35th Great Dickens Fair!|
|Exciting Layout Changes!|
|Character Auditions Thursday September 28th|
|Alice in Wonderland is Looking to Add to Our Cast!|
|Temporary Steam Man Replacement for 3rd & 4th Weekends|
|Pictures for Mitchell Walker|
Tickets On Sale for the 35th Great Dickens Christmas Fair!
Welcome to our delightfully elaborate and deliciously curated Victorian Holiday Party!
visiting London's West End in 1850 and finding all the theatre doors
open wide for a single price, and all the lamp-lit streets filled to
overflowing with hilarity and mirth! That's what every day of the
Fair is like." ~ Kevin Patterson
800 colorful characters from Victorian London and the imagination of
Charles Dickens, as you discover over three acres of twilight-lit
shops, pubs, stages, and dance halls. This season's event will debut an
expansive new children's area, new juried crafts, and the premiere of
Gilbert and Sullivan's seriously comedic operetta "Trial By Jury" ~ and much more!
is just part of the exciting announcement that went out to our emailing
list this morning as tickets went on sale for our 35th Anniversary
Season! Discounted tickets for the first two weekends will be available
for our visitors to purchase through October 15th and we are once again
doing select-day ticketing.
We will of course have the ever-popular participant tickets, details will be in a forthcoming missive.
Exciting Layout Changes!
(from Kevin Patterson)
layout changes for this years Dickens Fair are afoot! The new
plan will significantly expand the "Tinsley Green" children's
area. In order to accommodate this increase in the 'on
stage' area, we will be reducing the size of the 'back-stage'
area. This means the costume shop will be relocated to the Annex
(all empty road boxes will be stored elsewhere) and the size of the Red Barn production areas will be reduced.
(Any changes in the costume approval process will be announced separately.)
of the groups who had backstage areas in the green room last year will
have areas of roughly the same size and proximity to their stages, but
things will be moved around a bit. The
main exceptions to this will be the children's group which will be
provided with a trailer and the Royals who are joining us in the Annex.
The expansion plan will open up the
flow in the "kids bay" and give the audience, especially families
with young children and strollers, much more comfort and ease of
movement. The Fair will also be able to accommodate additional
returning as well as new vendors. Many new things for the audience to discover and enjoy!
2017 Show Dates
Oct. 28-29: Workshops in Pacifica
Nov. 4-5: Workshops in Pacifica
Nov. 11: Workshops at the Cow Palace
Nov. 12: Dress Rehearsal at the Cow Palace
Weekend 1: Nov. 18-19
Weekend 2: Nov. 24-25-26
Weekend 3: Dec. 2-3
Weekend 4: Dec. 9-10
Weekend 5: Dec. 16-17
Character Auditions Thursday September 28th
for characters from Dickens' books will be held during the evening of
Thursday September 28th in San Francisco. Specifics will be in a
Alice in Wonderland is Looking to Add to Our Cast!
(from Kim Murphy)
you good at improv and street gigging? Are you comfortable being silly
on stage? We have a great part for you! We are looking for at least two
adults to play as the Cards to serve the Queen of Hearts. Duties will
include two stage shows and The Queen of Hearts procession.
will provide the main Card costume. We do ask that you can perform all
the weekends and be able to attend workshops. You will also need to
provide your own non-Alice Victorian attire.
(from Kevin Patterson)
Dickens Fair community: our leather mask maker, Mitchell Walker, is now
in hospice care with his loving family near Philadelphia. His cancer is
If you have a "Mitchell Mask" in your
life, (and can find it), please consider taking a mask-inspired photo,
(wearing, holding, or feeding your mask) and send it to him with a
brief note to 1430 Hunters Lane
West Chester PA 19380 If you prefer email, his sister Cindy has
agreed to print out your emails for Mitchell. Her address is: email@example.com
memory and verbal abilities are such that this is the best way to
communicate. He is not likely to remember any of us by name, so feel
free to be whimsical with your salutations.
...Just let him know his art lives on in the theatre of life...
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~For specific questions regarding performing at the Fair, please email Cat Taylor
If your group would like to perform at the Fair for just one day (school caroling groups, etc.)
please email Robert Young
For specific questions regarding vending at the Fair please email Vendors
For specific questions the beverage department please email Beverage
For questions regarding costumes, please email Costumes