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Department of External Affairs
Free Library of Philadelphia
1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-1189
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WANTED: CHARLES DICKENS IMPERSONATOR
Free Library of Philadelphia Hosts Dickens Idol Contest, Kicking Off Year of Dickens
What: In honor of Charles Dickens’s 200th birthday, the Free Library is bringing Charles Dickens back to life through the first ever, American Idol Inspired, Dickens Idol Contest! The Contest is an open call audition to find an actor who best embodies Dickens.
Where: Auditorium, Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine Street
Who: Auditioning Actors (Anyone male or female ages 20-70)
Why: In 2012, the world will collectively celebrate the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens but the city of Philadelphia has a special connection to the renowned author. The Free Library of Philadelphia has one of the largest collections of Dickens’s works and personal effects outside of the UK, currently held in the Library’s Rare Book Department. To celebrate Dickens’s bicentenary the Free Library will be launching the “Year of Dickens,” a year-long celebration of Dickens-related special events, literary salons, and creative ways to celebrate the famed author. The Dickens Idol contest kicks off the Year of Dickens, bringing literature to life and perpetuating the famed author’s legacy.
Winnings: The winner of the Dickens Idol will take on the role of this legendary author, bringing him back to life in a series of Dickens sponsored events at the library and win $1,500!
To enter, RSVP to email firstname.lastname@example.org by November 9, 2011