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!
Audition Requirements for Adults
For your audtion for The Christmas Revels, please be prepared to sing two unaccompanied songs of contrasting nature fast/slow, e.g.) with other auditioners in the room. Your selection can be from any era or genre with the exception of "pop" music. Traditional songs, carols, hymns, and early vocal works (Renaissance) are recommended. Often a simple song well sung is more effective than a more complicated one; it helps when you're sure of the words! Don't try to impress us with something difficult -- just sing something you love and know well. In the interest of time, we will probably stop you after a verse or two rather than hear the whole song.
We may ask you to sing some scales to get an idea of your vocal range. We will then teach a simple round for you to sing with the other auditioners in your group. We will also do a bit of Italian and Latin pronunciation in each audition as well.
Sunday, March 5, 7:00-9:30pm
Monday, March 6, 7:00-9:30pm
Location: Grace Vision Church (formerly St. John's), 80 Mt. Auburn Street, Watertown, MA 02472 .
We schedule groups of 4 adults in 15-minute blocks.
Auditions by appointment ONLY:
Schedule your appointment HERE
Audition Form: Download, print, complete and BRING to your audition.
If you have any questions, contact Lynda Johnson, Production Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CD Recording Schedule
Check the CD rehearsal/recording schedule HERE.
This year, adults and children accepted into The Christmas Revels will be asked to sing on The Christmas Revels 2017 CD. If a person is accepted into The Christmas Revels and cannot participate in the spring recording due to schedule conflicts, they will still be allowed to perform in the show.
Christmas Revels Rehearsal Schedule
Printable Schedule HERE
Rehearsals are held at Grace Vision Church (formerly St. Johns), 80 Mt. Auburn Stret, Watertown, MA
Mandatory Orientation: Tuesday, September 12 7-9pm
Tuesday Rehearsals: September 19 - November 28, 2017 7-9:30pm (5:30 pm start for dancers)
Saturday Rehearsals: October 14, November 11, December 2 9 am-5pm
Production Week (held at Sanders Theatre, Cambridge)
Monday, Dec. 4 - 6-11pm
Tuesday, Dec 5 - 6-11pm
Wednesday, Dec. Adults: 6-11pm
Thursday, Dec 7, Dress Rehearsal 5:30pm (dress at 7;30pm)