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Historic Old Sacramento (HOS) 2012
~ Red Barn Players Missive #1 ~ March 2

Summer Planning is Underway in Sacramento!

In this missive:

This Summer - What we know and don't know
Last Summer - What we know: an excellent ensemble
New Program - Town Ball!
Dickens of a good time - and the bicentennial
Facebook anyone? - Seeking a volunteer
Outreach - and inviting new cast members
Missive List - and signing up
Contacts - Directors and how to find them

What we know and don't know about this Summer

We know they loved what we did over the past two Summers, but we don't yet know what the size and dates of this year's program will be. This also goes for the entertainment program at Gold Rush Days. Red Barn is in the annual proposal phase with HOSF right now. We should have dates and other specifics to announce in late March. Think weekends June and July. We promise to keep you informed as soon as we know more.

What we know about last Summer

We achieved something very special together. The program evolved and improved in the depth of individual performances and even more significantly in our ensemble work. You are to be commended for your excellent performances from the awesome house band, to the parades, interactive craft activities, to the individual character work. Thank you!

New Program - Town Ball!

At our first gathering (a pre-Summer picnic), we will all learn the 19th century game of old-time base ball! Town Ball was the game that moved to New York city and became known as Base Ball, then slowly morphed into our game of modern Baseball. For you old Renaissance Faire Rounders fans, Town Ball was the American variant of Rounders. Town Ball still held on to many of the earliest aspects of the English game. This is a great old game filled with the peasant sense of play that made the game so exciting. Come together on the lawn and learn the game that helped knit the country back together after the Civil War.

Dickens of a good time!

Those who made it to the 2011 Dickens Christmas Fair had a blast. The Fair continues to grow in quality and attendance each year. Special acknowledgements are in line for Sacramento cast members Haley Hicks, Ryan Hicks, Win Myerson (who has become THE pianist for Mad Sals!), Gary Grossman, Peggy Bilz Burgi, Mary & Michael Aye, and several others.

This year (2012) is the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens' birth! Please visit to enjoy the new "Dickens Bicentennial" page with links to excellent articles and exciting happenings around the world for this important anniversary. Dickens gets his due!!! For those few who have not visited the Dickens Fair, Charles Dickens is portrayed with true excellence by our Old Sacramento Street Theatre director Robert Young. Bravo Robert!

Facebook anyone?

We should really have a Facebook Group for the Old Sacramento Red Barn Players! However, we need a volunteer to set it up and work with Robert to invite the cast members via our email list. The goal of the group would be to help everyone stay in touch throughout the year and especially during the Summer program to assist with group needs, special acknowledgments, and information sharing.

Outreach and inviting new cast members

Please be encouraged to invite friends and others to join the cast. Begin by having them visit the photos section of the Red Barn website, and sign up for the Missive list at:

Let us know, as early as possible, if you have suggestions for specific theater directors, schools or classes we should contact!

Previous Missives - and signing up for the missive

Please review previous missives to answer many questions. Here's how to find them:
You can also subscribe to the missive list at this link.  Send anyone here who asks about the missive.

Contacts - The RBP directors and how to find them:

  • Gary Grossman <[email protected]> -- Eagle Stage direction, development & management

  • Kimbell Jackson  <[email protected]> -- Commissary cajoler & Greenroom coordinator

  • Liz Martin  <[email protected]> -- Costume coordinator & designer

  • Wells Twombly <[email protected]> -- Victorian Academy, Historical Reenactments, Parades & Peculiarities

  • Jeffrey Weissman  <[email protected]> -- Budget coordination & bookings, Characterization, & Comedy

  • Robert Young  <[email protected]> -- Red Barn Entertainment Department & Street Theater Director


Historically Yours,

Kevin, and the directors team
at Red Barn Productions

For communication regarding this or any HOS missive, contact:
Robert Young
Missive Maven
Historic Old Sacramento
[email protected]

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