THE CHARLES DICKENS BICENTENNIAL BALL
(A Celebration of Mr Charles
Dickens' 200th Birthday)
Saturday, February 4, 2012
Masonic Lodge of San Mateo
Doors Open: 6:45 pm
Dance Lesson: 7:00 pm
Theatrical Performance by Charles Dickens: 8:00 pm
Formal Dancing Begins: 9:00 pm
Tickets: $20.00 at the door
Celebrate the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens' birth at a
formal Victorian Ball and theatrical performance hosted by Prime
Minister Lord Palmerston for Her Majesty Queen Victoria and His
Royal Highness Prince Albert.
Dance beautiful rotary waltzes, polkas, mazurka waltzes,
schottisches, quadrilles, and other set dances popular during the
time of Charles Dickens, beautifully arranged by Bangers &
Mash, the finest band in Dickens' London. All set dances will
be briefly taught or called at the ball.
Mr. Dickens himself (Robert Young) will open the ball with a
dramatic reading of one of his most exciting scenes, "Sykes and
Nancy," adapted from Oliver Twist. This is a thrilling
theatrical re-creation not to be missed! Also performing are Miss
Fanny Price and Mr. Daniel Boozer of the Peerless Music Hall and the
celebrated "Swedish Nightingale," Miss Jenny Lind.
The nominal year of our event is 1855, but suggested costume is
evening dress from the time of Mr. Dickens' active literary career
(1837-1871) or modern evening dress. Given the talent of our San
Francisco Bay Area costumers, this should be an extremely beautiful
costume evening, but, as always, costumes are admired but not
Punch and a light Olde English snack will be served (Your potluck
contributions to Lady Palmerston's kitchen are most appreciated).
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