In a production filled with guest artists galore our "live" Christmas Revels cast includes:


Yo-Yo_Ma_Headshot_by_Jason_Bell_jpg_280_x_373.jpgYo-Yo Ma

Special Guest, Cellist

Yo-Yo Ma was born in 1955 to Chinese parents living in Paris. He began to study the cello with his father at age four, and three years later moved with his family to New York City. There, he continued his studies at the Juilliard School. After his conservatory training, he sought out a liberal arts education and graduated from Harvard with a degree in anthropology. Yo-Yo’s career is testament to his faith in culture’s power to generate the trust and understanding essential to a strong society. This belief inspired Yo-Yo to establish the global cultural collective Silkroad, and, more recently, to set out on the Bach Project — a six-continent tour of J. S. Bach’s suites for solo cello and an invitation to a larger conversation about culture, society, and the themes that connect us all.


Paula Plum

James Otis

This season, Paula appeared at SpeakEasy Stage in The Children and at Greater Boston Stage Company in The Last Night at Bowl-Mor Lanes, both directed by Bryn Boice. She is the recipient of seven IRNE awards, the 2007, 2017& 2020 Eliot Norton Award for Outstanding Actress, the 2004 Eliot Norton Award for Sustained Excellence, and the 2003 Distinguished Alumni Award from Boston University. In 2009 she was one of five actors nation-wide to receive the Fox Actor Fellowship in association with SpeakEasy Stage. As a founding member of Actors’ Shakespeare Project, she has played Cleopatra, Beatrice, Lady Macbeth, and Phèdre. She has appeared regionally at the the Lyric Stage, the American Repertory Theatre, the New Repertory Theatre, Merrimack Repertory, the Huntington Theatre, Gloucester Stage Company, and Elm Shakespeare. Film credits include: Mermaids, Malice, Next Stop Wonderland, and Irrational Man directed by Woody Allen. Television: Science Court (three seasons ABC) and co-creator and star of The Dick & Paula Celebrity Special for FX. Ms. Plum is a cum laude graduate of Boston University and has studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, the Dell'Arte Institute, and École Phillipe Gaulier,Paris. She has been published in American Theatre magazine and is married to actor Richard Snee. Paula is a professional acting coach @ and is currently the visiting Monan Professor at Boston College for the 2020-21 Academic Year.


Richard_Snee_headshot_280_x_373.jpgRichard Snee

Josiah Quincy

Richard Snee appeared in The Christmas Revels in 1998, 2006, 2008, and 2017. If you can discern a pattern there, please let him know. He is a founding member of The Actors’ Shakespeare Project where he was last seen last spring as Malvolio in their Lyric Stage production of Twelfth Night, directed by the lovely and talented Paula Plum. He also performed
last summer in The Gloucester Stage’s Barefoot in the Park, with the lovely and talented Paula Plum, and appeared last fall in Speakeasy Stage’s Choirboy, but without the lovely and talented Paula Plum.




David_Coffin_Headshot_280_x_385.jpgDavid Coffin


David is celebrating 40 years of performing with Revels. He just released a compilation 2 CD set David Coffin Live from the Revels Stage representing his favorite songs with various guest artists, the Revels Choruses, and most importantly, you, the Revels audience. Widely known for his rich baritone voice, David performs on an impressive array of musical instruments, including concertinas, recorders, penny whistles, bombardes, gemshorns, shawms, rauschpfieffes, or, as he explains, “Generally anything that requires a lot of hot air”. At the heart of David’s work is his extensive collection of songs from the Maritime Tradition.  When he’s not on the Revels stage David is presenting his signature Enrichment Programs (a history of Wind Instruments and an imaginary 18th Century Whaling Program) in New England schools as the Revels-Artist-in-Residence. In the Spring, Summer, and Fall he can be found on a boat in Boston Harbor either narrating history tours for Boston Harbor Cruises where he manages the narration program, or taking over 10,000 inner-city kids out to a harbor island through Save the Harbor Save the


JohnnyNicholsJrHeadshot_280_x_352.jpgJohnny Nichols


Johnny Nichols, Jr. has stage directed and music directed over 30 shows in his professional career including Shout, The Mod Musical, Legally Blonde, Urinetown, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Little Shop of Horrors, Madagascar, Fiddler on the Roof, and more. Johnny is an active vocal coach, clinician, and adjudicator for theater programs in New England and the South. He has a host of professional stage, opera, and film credits, participating in productions such as RENT, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Anything Goes, Hello Dolly, Chicago, Cabaret, Gianni Schicchi, Le nozze di Figaro, and La Boheme. Johnny is the Artistic Director for the Ipswich River Community Chorus and a guest conductor for choirs and orchestras across the country, as well as a renowned performing arts educator for area public schools and after school organizations. In spring 2020, Johnny became the Education Director of Revels. Most recently, Johnny presented a concert of spirituals and stories as part of the #RevelsConnects Musical Connections Series on Facebook Live.

Carolyn_Saxon_headshot_280_x_347.jpgCarolyn Saxon


Carolyn is a lifelong performer who tells stories and sings songs all over the world. A longtime member of Actors Equity, her theatrical credits include Broadway, Broadway National Tours and regional theatres throughout the United States including Papermill Playhouse (NJ), Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, Actors Theatre of Louisville and Connecticut Repertory. Now based in Boston, she’s worked with Greater Boston Stage, Front Porch Arts Collective, New Repertory Theatre, The Christmas Revels @ Sanders Theatre, Wheelock Family Theatre, SpeakEasy Stage, Central Square Theater, North Shore Musical Theatre, Lyric Stage Company, Queen Mab Micro-Theatre, Starlight Square in Cambridge, the Outside the Box Festival and the Emerson Paramount. Her orchestral work includes the Boston Pops, Carnegie Hall, Teatro Colon, Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony, and the Buffalo Philharmonic. She is a member of the Boston Pops Gospel Choir, Millennium Choir, Sharing a New Song and the One City Chorus. An avid traveler who believes in the power of music to unite, she’s entertained audiences throughout Japan, Colombia, South Africa, Argentina and Uruguay. Film credits include ‘Sweet & Lowdown’, ‘Small Time Crooks’ and ‘The Curse of the Jade Scorpion’. 


Patrick_Swanson_280_x_380.jpgPatrick Swanson

Artistic Director 

Patrick Swanson began his career in London as an actor at the Arts Theatre in the West End. In 1969 following a European tour with the La MaMa Plexus Troupe he moved to New York and received his world theater education as a resident actor at La MaMa E.T.C. His numerous directing projects include opera, ensemble, music -theater and circus.  He was a founding stage director of Circus Flora and is currently Artistic Director of Revels Paddy taught acting and improvisation at the London Academy of Dramatic Art (L.A.M.D.A.), the London Drama Centre, and New York University. He served as artistic director of the Castle Hill Festival at Castle Hill in Ipswich, Massachusetts, directing and co-producing opera and theater works, including the premieres of Julie Taymor's Liberty's Taken and Peter Sellars’ production of Cosi fan Tutte.  Locally he has directed for the Spoleto USA festival; Gloucester Stage, The Alley Theatre Houston and the Charles Playhouse as well as numerous productions in the U.K. and Europe. His Actor's Shakespeare Project production of Shakespeare's King Lear with Alvin Epstein was nominated for three 2006 Elliot Norton awards and subsequently transferred to Off-Broadway.  Paddy’s most recent acting role was as Father Jack in Brian Friel’s Dancing at Lughnasa at Gloucester Stage. He currently researches, writes and directs all Cambridge Revels scripts and serves as consultant to the other eight  Revels production companies performing in the U.S.A. 

George_Emlen_Headshot_280_x_388.jpgGeorge Emlen

Music Director

George Emlen is a conductor, composer, arranger and music educator. He was music director of Revels from 1984 to 2016 and has recently returned to that position after a four-year hiatus. George currently teaches a leadership course, “Conducting Your Chorus,” at the Harvard Kennedy School for senior executives in state and local public office. Previously he was on the faculty of the New England Conservatory, where he directed the Conservatory Camerata; Lesley University in the Creative Arts in Learning program; the College of the Atlantic, and the University of Maine. He also taught at Noble and Greenough School and the Putney School. In recent years George has worked with Bobby McFerrin in the vocal improvisatory genre of Circlesinging, which he incorporates into his conducting and teaching. George’s compositions and arrangements are published by Lawson-Gould, Thorpe, Lorenz/Sacred Music Press, and Redwing Press. George is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the New England Conservatory, where he earned an advanced degree in choral conducting. In Maine he founded and conducted the Acadia Choral Society, while also conducting the Oratorio Chorale and the Mount Desert Summer Chorale. 

The Virtual Revels Chorus 

Linda Lee Baker, Jennifer Felton Bhujle, Jane Fisher Carlson, Ian Carroll, Marina Rebecca Chan, Paula Clough, Nym Cooke, Sarah L. Crowder, Ben Dooley, Annemieke Farrow, Carlough Faulkner-Carroll, John Ficarelli, Tomas S. Forman, Mark Franke, Gary Gengo, Dick Grayson, Kate Hubbard Woll, Rachael Johnson, Ali Jordahl, Dick Kovar, Eleanor Langstaff, Tommy Linden, Robert M Lockwood, Capen Low, Grace Lowman, Ian McGullam, Marc Nicolas, Jim Peale, Ana Rito, Eugenia Sackson, Gary E. Schroller, Jon Skillman, Laura B. Smith, Linda Snorek, Mary Swope, Amy Beth Treciokas, Amy van Meteren, Hannah Wellman, Susanne Wiggins, John Yannis


The Virtual Revels Audience

Chard Adams, Richard Adams, Allison Aldrich Smith, Frannie Ames, Mary Ames, Will Ames, Katie Anderson, Tom Arena, Anna M. Beecher, Melinda Berry, Joan Beskenis, Francesca Bester, Lyle Bibler, Georgia Bills, Mary Bilunas, Garie Blackwell, Julia Bloom, Linda Boardman Liu, Tim Bongiovanni, Nathan Bongiovanni, Liam Bongiovanni, Boswell/Hobart Family, Anne Bourne, Jon Bove, Marie Kropa Breitenbach, Laura Brewer, Susan Brewster, Sarah Brisson, Nick Browse, Katherine Bryant, Natalie Burdine, Dorothy Burdine, Molly Burdine, Michael Burke, Maura Burns, Janet Buttenwieser, Stephen Campbell, Michael Chase, Judith Chasin, Ned Cheesman, Rene Clark, Erika Clesceri, Marcia Coakley, Rita Conley, Michele Corbeil, John Cratsley, Holly Cratsley, Christopher Cratsley, Rose Cratsley, Laiya Cratsley, Joanne E Crowell, Alex Cumming, Mary Cunningham, Elena Davis, Felix Delaney Sire, Bryce Denney, Amanda Denney, Lianna Denney, Kathryn Denney, Dorothy Devine Burdine, Sara Dewey, Mark Dooley, Patti Emerson, John Emerson, Patti Emerson, Jay Emlen, Sasho Emlen, Hannah Emlen, Jan Emlen, Juniper Emlen, Michele Eva, Kai Fay, Ona Ferguson, Haley Fisher, Kristin Fleischmann-Rose, Mary French, Charlie Friou, Janna Maria, Nicole Galland, Joan Garuti, Lisa Gay, Richard Gentilman, Jill Gleim, Richard Goettle, Anneliese Goldsmith, David Gordon, Tom Goux, Christy Grecsek, Ned Gulley, Carolyn Gulley, Nicole Haas-Loomis, Alexander Hall, Bonnie Martha Hall, Ross Hall, Mary Jane, Teddy Hansen-Dewar, Louise Hardigg, Gordon Hardy, Leila Hardy, Ruth Heespelink, James Henderson, Sarah Higginbotham, Barbara Hill, Lucinda Hill, Kathy Hodge, Amanda Holmes, Martha Holmes, Allison Hooper, Elizabeth Hopkins, Michael Horn, Nina Horner, Amy Horsburgh, Simon Horsburgh, Bruce Hostetler, Mac Howland, Bethy Huebner, Lu Huebner, John Huebner, Elizabeth Huebner, Chip Huhta, Angel Iglesias, Janie Jaffe, David Jay, Suzanne Jevne, Julia Johannsen, Pete Johannsen, Oscar Johannsen, Marshall Johannsen, Linda Rose Johannsen, Leigh Jomini, Lisa Keegan, Melissa M Kelly, Joan Kennedy, Patrick Kinney, Jennifer Kobayashi, Heather Koerber, Michael Kolowich, Tom Kruskal, Deborah Kruskal, Gary Langstaff, Anneke Langstaff, Molly Kolowich, Bruce Lauterwasser, Karen Kolowich, Allyson Lazar, Paul Leahy, Lily Leahy, Melanie Lee, Sandi Leibowitz, Lynne Levine, Paul Levitt, Chris Lewis, E. Lichman, Carol Lindsay, Christina Linklater, Henry Liu, Linda Liu, Terry Lockhart, Lilah London, Nadia London, Kelsey London, Jane Lothian, Adlin Loud, Andrea Loughry, Martha Lovett, Megan Low, Jane Lowey, Jane Luckner, Stephen Lyons, Joshua Mackay-Smith, Jamie Mailhot, Laura Malkin, Auden Malone, David Mansur, Rebecca Marks, Aurora Martens, Susan Mason, Beverley Matthews, Sarah May, John McClure, Milva McDonald, Mary McDonald Klimek, Emily McGinnis, Sherry Merrick, Dan Meyers, Lisa Micali, Miriam Michel, Tim Molokov, Aleka Molokova, Sally Moore, M. Moore, Diane Muffitt, Linda Murdock, Barbara Meyers, Ronald Nath, Lakshmi Nayak, Celia Nolan, Sam North, Tomi North, Mark Nowacki, Jake Nunes, Stephanie O'Brien, Stine O'Brien, Katie Oberlander, Cedar Oliver, Judith Olson, Laurie Otten, Haris Papamichael, Anna Parker, Connie Parrish, Karen Parsons, Jim Peale, Carol Peale, Beth Pendery, Sarah Peskin, Nancy Petaja, Patrese Pierson, Tom Pixton, Ruby Poltorak, Eugene Pool, Jeanne Pounder, Gary Powsner, Lauren Puglia, Chad Quisenberry, Ruth Quisenberry, James Quisenberry, Jessica Raine, Leslie Randall Dooley, Mark Randall Dooley, Lori Renn Parker, Susie Rioff, Chris Ripman, Melissa Robie, Michelle Roderick, Steve Roderick, Erika Roderick, Pippa June Roderick, Sarah Rosenstrach, Virginia Rundell, Martha Sandman Holmes, Peg Schadelbauer, Mayhew Seavey, Daniel Sheldon, Sarah Sheldon, Max Sheldon, Theodore Sheldon, Chelsea Shenker, Lucy Sinclair, Adeline Sinclair, Div Slomin, Kari R. Smith, Nathaniel Smith, A. Smith, Kari Smith, Brian Sniffen, Katherine Sniffen, Emi Sniffen, Josh Sniffen, Ben Sniffen, Brian Sniffen, Larissa Snorek, Mia Snorek-Yates, Robin Snyder, MaryBeth Soares, Ben Soule, Bobbie Sproat, Clara Stefanov-Wagner, Laurie Stewart Otten, Dana Stimpson, David Story, Laura Swanson, Ewan Swanson, Victoria Thatcher, Elin Thomas, Kelsey Thompson, David Torrey, Tucker Family, Alexandra Upton, Josee Vachon, Valerie Wedel, Peter Van_Demark, Amanda Van Vleck, Kate Van_Demark, Greg Vaughan, Karen Viglione Lauterwasser, Rebecca Vizulis, Arjana Vizulis, Andris Vizulis, Bill Vogele, Katie Vogele-Bongiovanni, Renata von Tscharner, Kim Wallach, Susan Ward, Mark Ward, Valerie Wedel, Deborah Weiner Soule, Barbara Welanetz, Nicole Werther, Dorothy Westlund, Meg Weston, Mira Whiting, Don Wiggins, Alyssa Wilk, Brian Wilson, Kate Woll, Christopher Woll, Carly Woll, Suzanne Wones, Gaylord Wood, Hannah Woodbury, Janet Yeracaris, Kira Young

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