I had the pleasure of appearing on the Sanders Theatre stage in the 35th Cambridge Christmas Revels as part of the "Macklesfield Mummers." I had two roles, one as "Avarice" in the Fauvel story, and the other as The Giant in the Mummers' Play.
Arthur Ferguson Photos
Staged by Revels artistic director Patrick Swanson with music direction by George Emlen, the 35th Anniversary production of The Christmas Revels returned to the roots, with a medieval-themed show set in England's Haddon Hall.
The photos below were taken at the Dress Rehearsal, December 15, 2005. David Torrey and I each lent our respective Nikon 2500 cameras to audience members, since we were on stage, so we don't know who actually took each of these photos.
I've done a good deal of work in cleaning them up with Photoshop CS.
From David Torrey's Camera:
Here are some of my own photos:
Sanders Theatre, Memorial Hall, Harvard UniversityThis is the magnificent building the Christmas Revels has been in for the last 35 years. It was built in the late 19th Century as a memorial to the Harvard men who lost their lives fighting to save the Union in the Slavery War. It's a spectacular bit of high Victorian architecture, even more gorgeous inside than out.
This view is heavily photoshopped, there's a clutter of street lights and other stuff in the way, and you can't get far enough away to get a good view of this side of it because there's a fire station blocking the view. I used a wide angle (18 mm) setting to get in as much as I did, then straightened out the drastically converging verticals with Photoshop CS2. I must admit that I also juiced up the color a bit, so this image is more idealized than realistic.
The three images below are all "clickable"
Here's a 360 degree panoramic image of the interior of Sanders Theatre,
from the 2000 Christmas Revels dress rehearsal.
December 14, 2000IPIX image by Sheldon Brown
To the right is an image of the Sanders Theatre lobby during the intermission of the Christmas Revels, December 18, 2005
The first act of the Christmas Revels traditionally ends with The Lord of the Dance, by Sidney Carter , as an audience participation event/dance. The cast leads the audience out of the theatre and into the lobby in a sinuous line dance, with everybody singing at the top of their lungs:
Dance, then, wherever you may be,
I am the Lord of the Dance, said He,
And I'll lead you all, whoever you may be,
And I'll lead you all in the Dance, said he
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See also Chrstina's cast party photos...Click Here!
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You can look at pictures of:
The 2005 Christmas Revels
The 2000 Christmas Revels
The 1999 Christmas Revels
The 1998 Christmas Revels
The 1997 Christmas Revels
The 1996 Christmas Revels
The 25th Anniversary 1995 Christmas Revels
Back Sheldon Brown's Unofficial Revels Index Page
Official Revels, Inc. Site The 2005 Christmas Revels The 2000 Christmas Revels 2001 Spring Revels
The 1999 Christmas Revels 2000 Spring Revels
The 1998 Christmas Revels 1999 Sea Revels
The 1997 Christmas Revels 1998 Sea Revels
The 1996 Christmas Revels 1997 Midsummer Revels
The 1995 Christmas Revels 1996 Midsummer Revels
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