The Christmas Revels:
In Celebration of the Winter Solstice
december 17-29, 2021
Harvard University's Sanders Theatre, Cambridge, MA
Harvard recently announced plans to fully reopen its campus in the Fall, citing the prominent downward trends in infection rate, new CDC guidelines, and the aggressive rollout of vaccinations. Due to these glad tidings, we are optimistic that The Christmas Revels will return to Sanders Theatre for in-person, live performances this December! We remain in close communication with Harvard and will keep you informed as we know more. In the meantime, we are planning our 51st annual Christmas Revels accordingly and will hold our adult and children's chorus auditions in September.
About This Year's Production
Our 51st Christmas Revels takes place in the present day at the George and Dragon, a 17th-century pub famous for its annual Christmas carol party. Sadly for the carolers, last year’s celebration, like many others, was compromised. The regulars are looking forward to reestablishing the traditional sing-along and the younger generation are plotting a surprise contribution. But the hiccup in tradition has disturbed the space/time continuum and alerted a fussy Revels bureaucrat from the 17th century who, with his Elizabethan entourage, will be making an official visit to the 21st century to make an inspection and to put things back in order. We will unpack the elements that make up Revels and through music, dance and story discover the connections that tie the past to the present.
In this telling of the story, old and new ways meet, and the world gets a little bigger. With music and dance from the Renaissance all the way to the present day we hope that there is something here for everyone to enjoy as we celebrate the season as only Revels can!
We can't wait to see you all in-person and 'revel' with you again. There is light at the end of the tunnel - and as you know, "the return of the light" is what The Christmas Revels is all about!
Christmas Revels chorus auditions for adults and children will be held on Sunday, September 12th, and Monday, September 13th, in Watertown, MA. Audition appointments are required, and sign ups will start in June. Click here for more information.