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Historic Old Sacramento (HOS) 2014
~ Red Barn Players Missive #4 ~ June 25

Workshop & Rehearsal Weekend:
It's Upon Us!

Welcome newcomers and seasoned players alike!

Dear Historic Old Sacramento "Street Theater and Stage" Participant,

Join us!! See the first item in the list below for times. You can help us by letting us know you'll be with us, so we can be prepared to feed you! Share your excitement and enthusiasm with others who should be part of our program. Thank you and read on!!

In this missive:

Times - Dates & Times
Parking - A new parking scenario this season - Please read!
Workshops - Improve your improv and meet & greet skills!
Suffragette Rally - A song to learn for all participating...
Characters - A reprise of the character types we're looking for
Greenroom Hospitality - Light meal provided this weekend
Next Communication
Previous Missives - And how to sign up
Contacts - How to be in touch

~ Please contact the person listed for each topic. ~

Times ~ the schedule for this weekend

Including dates and times for the 2014 Time Travel Weekends in Historic Old Sacramento:

Orientation and Workshops: June 28 & 29. That's this coming weekend.

  • We begin at 10:00 am both Saturday and Sunday - meet in the Eagle Theatre.

  • Join us for an Orientation with some current logistics and some useful historical notes.

  • Workshops begin at 11:00 am.

  • Rehearsals begin at 11:00 am on the stage.

  • Though some rehearsals may go longer, plan on concluding by 5:00.

The run: 8 weekends (Saturday and Sunday) ~ July 5 thru August 24 ~ 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Parking ~ please read this!

The parking situation will experience a (temporary) change lasting through our performance season. The City's "West End" project is underway to remodel/rearrange roadways, bus and ADA parking areas, etc., at the north end of Old Sacramento. Actual construction activity will impact Tour Bus parking and use of the Railroad Museum lot, and also the west end of the Amtrak lot (Lot W). That's where we have ordinarily parked.

This year, we can park in the following places:

  • "I" Street parking lot (more info on this location below) - $10 flat event fee per day upon entry.

  • Street Parking on Front St. near Auto Museum (free) - carpool up to Old Sac (long walk!).

  • We're currently negotiating arrangements to park in the Auto Museum lot (also long walk). Carpool up. (Stay tuned.)

Red Barn will pay for half the "I" Street fee ($5) for those who wish to park there. Also, arrangements have been made to acquire a half-off discount card to park in the "I" Street garage (the combination making it free to you), however this requires some bureaucratic processing on your part. Here are the details of that half-off (DEPP program) card:

  • Send me your name with a request to acquire the card (sooner is better). We'll get things started for you: [email protected]

  • HOSF will generate a letter affirming you are a volunteer.

  • You must fill out an application for the card (HOSF will provide that).

  • You must go to Sacramento City Hall with the paperwork and a $5 enrollment fee to be issued your card. This seems to be car-specific.

Those coming from afar may find this process impractical. Those who live locally may want to acquire the card. Any who park in the garage may be willing to help ferry from lower Front Street in the mornings.


We want to help you develop your character and hone your improvisational skills. We'll definitely be offering select workshops in:

  • Meet & Greet Techniques

  • Improvisational Acting

  • Being Big on The Boardwalk

Suffragette Rally ~ a song to learn

Ladies and gentlemen who are planning to participate in the Suffragette Rally, please click this link to the missive page and download the Suffragette Song from the right-hand sidebar. Listen to it and begin to commit the song to memory.

If you have any questions or would like to get in touch with the director of the rally, please contact Paul Christensen: [email protected]

Characters ~ information & ideas

Here are some helpful hints to consider (reprise from an earlier missive).

People to Be

Boot Black -Shines shoes, very important in a place with dirt roads & horses.
Cobbler - Repairs shoes, leather soles wear out fast.
Blacksmith - Makes and repairs iron objects.
Tinsmith- Makes and repairs tin products.
Assay Officer - Tests and certifies mineral content in ore.
Farmer - You're in town to buy or sell something.
Sailor - You're fresh off the ship and looking for what you've been missing.
Builder - Sacramento is growing fast and you have work for everybody.
Building Raiser - Sacramento is literally "on the rise"; and you're lifting it.
Engineer - They are raising the grade 22+ feet, you have plenty of work.
Shop Keeper - The river brings goods from everywhere and someone has to sell them.
Doctor - You may not have spent much time in training, but hang out your shingle.
Nanny - Some families are rich and want someone to raise their children.
Seamstress - A very skilled profession that paid well.
Teacher - A very skilled profession that did not pay well.
Cook - Everybody's got to eat; and women's cooking was worth a lot in the early days.
Laundress - A skilled job which required an array if sad irons to do well.
Travel Writer - You are writing tales of adventure in the Far West for Easterners
Newspaper Reporter - You are hunting for stories about the Rebel Committee of 30
Miner - You might be on your way to the gold fields or back resupplying in town.
Hydraulicer - You blast away whole hillsides to find gold; & inspire 1st ecological laws.
Vaquero - You work on one of the many ranchos that supply most of the region's beef.
Minister - God's work is done even in the Far West. You may preach on the street corners.
Priest or Rabbi - Many Catholics and Jews were involved in the gold rush.
Soldier - Guarding the mail routes and main roads, you're in town to sleep in a bed.
Restaurant Owner - Lot's of people come through here and you feed as many as you can.
Saloon Keeper - Men come down from the mines to relax, you help them.
Salesman/Drummer - In town to resupply your traveling store, with news of the mines.
Land Speculator - You don't play fair, but you make fortune. Hated by Settler's' Association.
Railroader - Surveyor, track layer, cook, black powder blaster, there's plenty to do .
Telegrapher - You get all the news in town first. They all come to you for news of the war.

What Was Your Name in the States?

A word about choosing where you are from:

The only people from California speak Spanish or one of the many Native American languages!

The Gold Rush brought in people, mostly men, from 80 different nations. This was one of the most international places in the Americas.

So, where are you from?

Europeans - Virtually every European nationality was represented. Be careful not to use any of the countries created by the World Wars of the 20th century. A couple of examples: You can be a Czech or a Slovak, but you can't be Czechoslovakian. You can be Jewish, but not Israeli.

American - Most people still identified themselves by state; as a Virginian or a Vermonter rather than as an American. They generally called America "The United States ." They all bring different issues with them. Each State had its own accent, be sure you can pull it off before you commit to specific place. Main Regions: The South, New England, and The West (which ended at Texas) and the Kansas and Nebraska territories.

Californio - Descendants of Spanish founders from the Kingdom of New Spain.
Native American - Mostly Pomo and Miwok in this area.
Hawaiian/Kanaka - Some worked for Sutter at his fort.
Australian - Escaped English criminals, some miners.
Chinese - Miners, laborers, herbalists, cooks.
Mexican - Miners from Sonora brought most of the early technology.
Jews - Many became the most important traveling shopkeepers in the mines.
South Americans - Mostly from the west coast; especially the Peruvians, one of the few Latin peoples that came to Mexican Territorial California.

Greenroom Hospitality

As mentioned in the last missive, we will continue the same level of quality comestibles created over the years by Kimbell Jackson, and last season by Julie Kowing. You can expect a pleasant welcome in the morning, healthy nibbles to keep you going all day, and an excellent midday meal!

Please welcome Janelle Perrine - our very own "Cookie" this season!

Next Communication ~ next week, before opening day.

Previous Missives - and Signing Up for the Missives

Please review previous missives to answer many questions. To read past missives, subscribe to the missive list, or change your e-mail address, click this link:

Please send anyone who asks about the missives to the above address.

Contacts - The RBP Directors and how to find them:

Historically Yours,

Robert and the directors team
at Red Barn Productions

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

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