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A Holiday tradition!

The 28th annual Christmas Revels returned to Harvard University's Sanders Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts for 16 performances of a Victorian winter solstice celebration with "carols, comedy, melodrama and sentiment". Performances ran December 11-12, 17-20, 22-23, and 26-27.

The Children The 1998 Christmas Revels took us on a Dickensian journey through Victorian England and the wonderful music, songs, dances and carols of that lively and colorful era. Featured performers included British folk singer/tradition bearer David Jones; pianist Jacqueline Schwab, a frequent music collaborator of documentary film maker Ken Bums and a member of "Bare Necessities;" actors Patrick English, Sarah deLima and Richard Snee; the 40-member Revels Chorus; a merry company of Music Hall "artistes;" the Pudding Lane Waits; the Dingley Dell Dancers; a magnificent parlour orchestra; the Cambridge Symphonic Brass Ensemble; a double-dose of Morris dancers from The Pinewoods Morris Men and the Rose Galliard Northwest Morris; and even British "royalty" in the guise of the (aptly-named) "Pearly" King and Queen!
Revels' audiences were treated to an old-style British "Panto", a comical take on the fairy tale "Cinderella"; a traditional "St. George and the Dragon" mummers play; loads of familiar carols and rounds, including the ceremonial "Boar's Head Carol" from Oxford; Susan Cooper's classic solstice poem, "The Shortest Day"; and a spectacular rendition of the "The Twelve Days of Christmas" that you'll never forget. Dragon
The Audience As always, Revels audiences were kept busy, singing carols with the cast and, at the end of Act I, dancing out of the theater, hand-in-hand, into the grand lobby of Memorial Hall for. Revels' signatures piece, "Lord of the Dance."

The Lord of the Dance
divider divider Production staff for The Christmas Revels included Patrick Swanson, Stage Director; George Emlen, Music Director; Ginny Morton, Production Manager; Heidi Hermiller, Costume Designer; Berred Ouellette, Technical Director and David H. Rosenburg.

Sanders Theatre is located on the corner of Quincy and Kirkland Streets, a five minute walk from the Harvard Square T stop on the Red Line.


Sanders Theatre45 Quincy St
Cambridge, MA 02138-3003
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Founded in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1971 by musician John Langstaff and his daughter Carol, The Revels has grown into a national non-profit arts organization, offering a wide Variety of recorded music and theatrical seasonal celebrations using traditional folk materials from around the world. In December 1998, The Christmas Revels: In Celebration of the Winter Solstice will be presented in ten cities across the country: Cambridge, Massachusets; Hanover, New Hampshire; New York City; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Washington, DC; Houston, Texas; Tacoma, Washington; Portland, Oregon; Oakland, California; and St. Paul, Minnesota.

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The Christmas Revels is made possible in part from funding from the
Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.


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