Christmas Revels Auditions
While Revels uses a number of professional performers in its productions, its volunteer choruses, adults and children, are at its core. There is no "standing" Revels production chorus; We audition each cast anew for every show.
Auditions for the 2017 Christmas Revels chorus will be held in March.
Sunday, March 5, 2017 and Monday, March 6, 2017 (4-6pm children) (7-9:30pm adults)
About the 2017 Christmas Revels
The Doge of Venice is weary of affairs of state and when elaborate preparations for the solstice Festeggiamento reach fever pitch he takes an unauthorized leave of absence. In the course of his short sabbatical he will mix more intimately with his “lesser” subjects - Corsican fishermen, actors, street performers and visiting musicians. Against a courtly background of pavanes, tarantellas, and motets we will overlay some coarser material - Corsican polyphony, lullabies, folk songs and children’s games. The Doge will have the time of his life. Our chorus will too!
Revels cast members are people who love to sing, who sing vigorously and accurately with a good sense of rhythm and who can hold their own part in a choral context. Some are experienced choral singers, some are not. Sight-reading is not necessary, but a good ear and the ability to memorize music and text are. We also look for a variety of ages, sizes and personalities to create a realistic "village" on stage.
Performing in Revels is a big commitment. For The Christmas Revels, there are 12 weeks of rehearsals (one rehearsal per week and three additional all-day Saturday rehearsals). Tech Week runs four nights in the theater from 6 to 11 pm (children from 5 to 9:30 pm for two days, from 5 to 10 pm for two). The Christmas Revels has a run of 18 performances, spanning a period of 3 weeks.
Participation on Revels CD
Adults and children accepted into The Christmas Revels 2017 will be asked to sing on The Christmas Revels 2017 CD, with rehearsals in late March-mid May and recorded in May. If a person is accepted into The Christmas Revels 2017 and cannot participate in the spring recording due to schedule conflicts, they will still be allowed to perform in the show. Check the CD rehearsal/recording schedule HERE.
Why Change Auditions to an earlier time?
Why change the pattern of auditions which have been held in May for the past few years?
With a new Artistic team we have been taking a fresh look at the whole year of activities from both an artistic and an organizational point of view. We think that integrating the CD chorus with the Christmas chorus allows us to make better artistic choices and avoids frustrated expectations between one and the other. As an example the voices we might pick for an Appalachian show would not necessarily be of the character and timber we might choose to do a Renaissance CD. We think also that the longer working process might make for a deeper experience. And as a bonus an earlier audition process relieves some of the work load traffic jams at critical times in our busy office calendar.
The Revels Youth Protection Policy was adopted by the board in June 2016. If you are eighteen or older and accepted into the Christmas Revels Adult Chorus please note your acceptance will be pending a CORI check. If you have any questions contact Lynda Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Revels Youth Protection Policies here
CORI Procedures here
CORI Form here
Learn more about The Christmas Revels.