Chris Lewis literally grew up in Washington Revels, where his father Greg is a long-time song leader and currently serves as Executive Director. After graduate school, Chris relocated to the Boston area. He works in the education field and was seen in our 2010 and 2011 productions.
What is your first Revels memory?
At age three, after the first Washington Revels shows in 1983, I would set up my stuffed animals to dance the Abbotts Bromley Horn Dance, and make my friends play “Revels” when they came over to my house; I always got to be Jack Langstaff. But I’m pretty sure I only “remember” that because my mom has told the story so often. My earliest Revels memory that I can actually remember is being carried on stage in my mom’s arms in my first show two years later, the 1985 American show in DC with Jean Ritchie.
Over the years, what has been your fondest Revels memory?
I have to pick just one? Not easy. It’s probably the 2006 Washington Revels show when one of my brothers, Marc, and I were in the adult chorus together for the first time, and we danced Lord of the Dance while my dad sang the solo. An all-Lewis Lord of the Dance!
Why did you decide to join the Revels Board of Directors?
Revels has been such a tremendous source of joy for basically my whole life, so I was excited to have the chance to participate in such a new and different way, and to be able to give back to Revels.
Why do you continue the tradition with your own family?
Revels has always been a family affair for me, so it’s pretty wonderful to hear my 2-year-old, Kieran, ask for “Dance, dance” as he grabs two white diapers that he uses for hankies as he dances to Lord of the Dance on a Revels CD.