DEC. 13-27, 2013
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Show length about 2.5 hours
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The Christmas Revels
In Celebration of the Winter Solstice
The 43rd annual Christmas Revels takes us to Galicia in Northern Spain, an area with a strong sense of Celtic identity where, since the Middle Ages, pilgrims have walked the Camino de Santiago (The Way of Saint James). Our story follows Everyman, a allegorical character summoned by a mysterious figure who tells him his days are numbered. He must go on a journey to the end of the earth to be there for the shortest day. Needless to say, colorful encounters - and glorious music- abound!
Filled with evocative Spanish music, exciting dance and magical stories, our celebration includes a treasure trove of Galician processionals, songs and carols plus many Revels touchstones audiences enjoy every year including Susan Cooper's classic poem, The Shortest Day, Dona Nobis Pacem, the Sussex Mummers Carol, a seriously funny Mummers play, and Revels' signature piece, the joyous and participatory Lord of the Dance.
Performersinclude internationally acclaimed storyteller Jay O'Callahan ("Old Rom" from our 1997 "Gypsy" Revels) as Everyman, gaita (Spanish bagpipe) player Christa Patton, Salome' Sandoval and the Pilgrim Band, musician and songleader David Coffin, actor Billy Meleady ("Mr. Poet" from last year's Irish Christmas Revels), The Pinewoods Morris Men, Cambridge Symphonic Brass Ensemble, the Revels Chorus of adults and children, and Mexican actress Angelica Aragon who delighted audiences in our 1994 Meso-American Christmas Revels.
Our design team includes Jeremy Barnett, Set Design; Heidi A. Hermiller, Costume Design; Jeff Adelberg, Lighting Design; William Winn, Sound Design. Puppets by Sara Peattie and the Puppeteers Cooperative; Gillian Stewart is our choreographer. English guitarist and composer John Renbournis a musical consultant and composer for this production. Renowned gaita virtuoso Cristina Pato is also assisting us.
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