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Great Dickens Christmas Fair 2016 - September Missive #2
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A reminder about the book character auditions this Wednesday (please see previous missive for the particulars) and other notices.

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In This Missive

Reminder: Dickens Book Character Auditions
~ This Wednesday September 28th ~

Auditions for characters from:

A Christmas Carol
Pickwick Papers
Oliver Twist
and the various Other Books will be held 

The evening of Wednesday September 28th in San Francisco, CA.

Please allow time to find the location and get situated. 
Location particulars will be given when you schedule your appointment.

The character parts listed below 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
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 Wednesday September 28th, 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:   

Attention: New Music Hall Show At Sal's still in need of one more actor!!!!

(from Sandey Grinn)

The New Show At Sal's is a musical play about the on and off stage activities of a Music Hall Cast. We will be performing 2-3 shows a day on Mad Sal's stage as well as participating in the daily Blow Out. This is a paid position. We are looking to cast the following role:

LANCE HARDLY - Egotistical, charming, woman's man, a slightly smarmy version of Gene Kelly. Relies heavily on his great singing voice, his good looks and his killer smile - (nearly) all the women love him!

WHEN: Saturday, October 22nd from 11:00 to 6:00

WHERE: BFUU Fellowship Hall, 1924 Cedar Street, Berkeley, CA 94709 (510) 841-4824

Please bring a prepared song (period preferred) along with its sheet music, a comedic monologue (or story or joke) and wear something you can easily move in.

If you'd like to audition, please email me at with LANCE AUDITION in the subject line and I'll get back to you with your audition time.  Thanks, Sandey

Items for The Telegraph Booth

(from Karen Porter)

Some things were lost from the telegraph booth due to the Clayton fire in Lake Co.  We could use your help in replacing them.  We need four desk light for the tops of the writing desks, a chandelier for the front, either a floor lamp or chandelier for the boys area, and a large table or desk lamp for the check out table.  Also a small light for the distribution table would be appreciated.  The furniture was being stored by fair and is fine.  I will be at first weekend workshops if you can bring the item or a picture.  We can pay a little but not much.

Also may need a mistletoe connection and a few pitchers for roses.

Karen Porter


Out of State Artist Seeks Lodging in the Bay Area

(from Betty St. Clair)

If you or a friend has a spare bedroom and live within an hour's drive of the Cow Palace.  If you can use an extra $800-$1000 depending on accommodations.  I am looking for a place to stay for the run of Dickens Fair.  References available.   Email: or call 303-319-8835. Thanks.

Free Fabric Scraps at Dharma

(from Parris Southworth)

My name is Parris and I've been working at the Renaissance Faire and Dickens Christmas Fair for more than 20 years now.

When I'm not on fair(e) site, I'm working at Dharma Trading company, which carries all kinds of dyes, fabrics and great art supplies. Recently, we have had an influx of our scrap fabrics. These are fabrics that are the leftover ends of bolts, pieces of fabrics which may have some flaws in them or are too small to sell. All in all, they're still quite useable! They're bundled up and ready to go. These scrap bags are made as we cut pieces of fabric for customers, so there's a whole treasure trove of assorted fabrics in each one.

I know all us folks are gearing up for Dickens and wanted to see if you'd be able to place a note in the next missive to let folks know that Dharma Trading has good sized bags of scrap fabrics that we're giving away for free. These fabrics are great for costuming, dyeing, deco, scrap knitting, just about anything.

(You would need to pay the cost of shipping, or let us know and you can pick up your order at our Petaluma warehouse at no cost).

Here's the details:

Cotton Grab Bags: Have cotton, linen, hemp, bamboo, rayon and assorted plant-based fabrics that weigh in at 4 pounds.

Silk Grab Bags: Have silk, and wool and assorted mixed silk and wool fabrics that weigh in at 3 pounds.

We have a lot of them, so please let us know what you need!
Most of our fabrics are natural white, but we do have black fabrics and colored silks too, so there may be some in the bags as well.
Just give us a call at Dharma and we'll be happy to get you set (we're also really great a troubleshooting and dye help and advice).

Ph. 800-542-5227

Feel free to contact me, and if folks have any questions, I am happy to help! Thanks and see you all at Fair!

Parris Southworth - Customer Support

Mon-Fri 8am-5pm PST
phone: 800-542-5227
fax: 707-283-0379

Dharma Trading Company
1805 South McDowell Boulevard Ext.
Petaluma, CA 94954 


PEERS' Prohibition Speakeasy Ball: Saturday, October 1st

(from Cathleen Myers)

PEERS' Prohibition Speakeasy Ball: Saturday, October 1st
Join PEERS on Saturday, October 1, at the historic Alameda Elks Lodge Ballroom at 2255 Santa Clara Avenue, Alameda, for a riotous Prohibition era dance party with 1920's and 30's music by the amazing Sara & Swingtime, playing hot Swing, elegant vintage ballroom dance music, and the notorious Charleston. There will be a pre-ball dance class at 7pm and formal dancing follows from 8pm to midnight.
Vintage or modern evening dress or costumes from the Prohibition era (1919 -1933) are admired, but not required. No host bar, light refreshments and a special performance by the Century Sisters.
Tickets are $20 in advance; $25 at the door.  For information see call (510) 522-1731.
Best regards,
James & Cathleen Myers
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