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 Elliot 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

Richard Adams, Frannie Ames, Mary Ames, Will Ames, Katie Anderson, Anna M. Beecher, Joan Beskinis, Francesca Bester, Lyle Bibler, Georgia Bills, Mary Bilunas, Julia Bloom, Sarah Boswell, Renni Boy, Marie Kropa Breitenbach, Susan Brewster, Nick Browse, Katherine Bryant, Dorothy Devine Burdine, Molly Burdine, Natalie Burdine, Michael Burke, Maura Burns, Janet Buttenwieser, Stephen Campbell, Michael Chase, Ned Cheesman, Erika Clerceri, Rita Conley, Michele Corbeil, Christopher Cratsley, Holly Cratsley, John Cratsley, Laiya Cratsley, Rose Cratsley, Joanne E. Crowell, Mary Cunningham, Shannon K. Danforth, Amanda Denney, Bryce Denney, Kathryn Denney, Lianna Denney, Sara Dewey, Eckford Family, John Emerson, Patti Emerson, Hannah Emlen, Jan Emlen, Jay Emlen, Juniper Emlen, Sasho Emlen, Michele Eva, Charles D. Feldman, Elizabeth Judge Feldman, Robert Feldman, Ona Ferguson, John Ficarelli, Haley Fisher, Mary French, Charlie Friou, Joan Garuti, Lisa Gay, Richard Gentilman, Jill Gleim, Richard Goettle, Bjorn Goldstein, Garth Goldstein, Soren Goldstein, David Gordon, Caroline Gulley, Ned Gulley, Nicole Haas-Loomis, Alexander Hall, Bonnie Martha Hall, Ross Hall, Teddy Hansen-Dewar, Louise Hardigg, James Henderson, Sarah Higginbotham, Barbara Hill, Lucinda Hill, Kathy Hodge, Amanda Holmes, Martha Sandman Holmes, Elizabeth Hopkins, Michael Horn, Nina Horner, Amy Horsburgh, Simon Horsburgh, Mac Howland, Elizabeth Huebner, Birte Jackson, Jamie Jaffe, David Jay, Leigh Jomini, Lisa Keegan, Melissa M. Kelly, Joan Kennedy, Bridget Kent, Odette Kent, Patrick Kinney, James Klimek, Mary McDonald Klimek, Jennifer Kobayashi, Heather Koerber, Anneke Langstaff, Baby Langstaff, Gary Langstaff, Molly Lanzarotta, Bruce Lauterwasser, Karen Viglione Lauterwasser, Allyson Lazar, Lily Leahy, Paul Leahy, Lynne Levine, Paul Levitt, Chris Lewis, Elsa Lichman, Henry Liu, Linda Liu, Terry Lockhart, Kelsey London, Lilah London, Nadia London, Adlin Loud, Andrea Loughry, Megan Low, Joshua Mackay-Smith, Jamie Mailhot, Laura Malkin, David Mansur, Rebecca Marks, Aurora Martens, Susan Mason, Beverley Matthews, Sarah May, Becca F. McCann, Connor McCann, Milva McDonald, Emily McGinnis, Dan Meyers, Miriam Michel, Tim Molokov, Aleka Molokova, M Moore, Diane Muffit, Linda Murdoch, Ronald Nath, Lakshmi Nayak, Sam North, Tomi North, Jake Nunes, Chris O’Brien, Kristine O’Brien, Nora O’Brien, Silas O’Brien, Laurie Otten, Haris Papamichael, Anna Parker, Karen Parsons, Carol Peale, Beth Pendery, Nancy Petaja, Patrese Pierson, Jeanne Pounder, Jessica Raine, Susie Rioff, Chris Ripman, Melissa Robie, Erika Roderick, Michelle Roderick, Pippa June Roderick, Steve Roderick, Virginia Rundell, Peg Schadelbauer, Mayhew Seavey, Daniel Sheldon, Max Sheldon, Sarah Sheldon, Theodore Sheldon, Chelsea Shenker, Lucy Sinclair, Div Slomin, Kari R. Smith, Nathaniel Smith, Ben Sniffen, Brian Sniffen, Emi Sniffen, Josh Sniffen, Katherine Sniffen, Larissa Snorek, Mia Snorek-Yates, Robin Snyder, Ben Soule, Deborah Weiner Soule, Bobbie Sproat, Clara Stefanov-Wagner, Dana Stimpson, David Story, Ewan Swanson, Laura Swanson, Sarah Tenney, Victoria Thatcher, Elin Thomas, Kelsey Thompson, Gail Tipton, David Torrey, Cecile Tucker, Frances Tucker, Alexandra Upton, Josée Vachon, Amanda Van Vleck, Greg Vaughan, Lucy Vaughan, Andris Vizulis, Arjana Vizulis, Rebecca Vizulis, Renata von Tscharner, Kim Wallach, Susan Ward, Valerie Wedel, Barbara Welanetz, Meg Weston, Mira Whiting, Alyssa Wilk, Brian Wilson, Suzanne Wones, Janet Yeracaris, Kira Young

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