Dickens Impersonator Contest

The Philadelphia Library is hosting a Charles Dickens Impersonation Contest. I think Charles Dickens is one of my favorite authors, so I’m totally interested. Although the contest is on a Monday at 10:30 am, so that kind of counts me out for viewing and participating.

Here’s what contestants have to do:

Part 1: Present a brief monologue as Charles Dickens
To begin the audition, we will ask that each contestant presents to the panel a brief monologue as Charles Dickens. The monologue can be invented or taken directly from his personal commentary and reflections, and should last no more than two minutes.

Part 2: Act out a scene as one of Charles Dickens’s well-known literary characters
An avid performer, Dickens undertook a series of dramatic public readings where he assumed the roles of his characters. Each contestant will be asked to perform a brief scene from one of Dickens’s works as he would have.

Part 3: Q&A from celebrity panel of Judges
Each contestant will go through a fast-paced Q&A session conducted by celebrity judges. Questions will range from general information on Dickens’s life and works, to ways in which he will make literature exciting for new audiences and generations to come. Contestants should come armed with a working knowledge of Dickens facts and information.

Love it! Although on further inspection, the activity is actually called the “Dickens Idol Contest,” inspired by American Idol. Maybe not so cool. But a fun idea anyway.

Here are the details on the Free Library of Philadelphia‘s Blog!



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  1. #1 by Marie Gilbert on October 20, 2011 - 10:02 pm

    this does sound like fun, but I work on Mondays and won’t be able to go, darn.

  2. #2 by brokencookiesdontcount on November 5, 2011 - 1:49 pm

    Hi Amy! Thank you so much for all of your help. You really are terrific and I’m already taking notes on more questions for you. 😉 I hope I didn’t monoplize your time. Thanks agan and look forward to seeing you soon at one of ther write-ins!

    • #3 by thegetoutgirl on November 7, 2011 - 12:48 pm

      Not at all Fran! nice to see you again, hoping to get the January blogfest date up by the end of November 🙂

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