Puget Sound Revels revives the ancient connection between the community and the arts, celebration and the seasons. We’re here to foment communal effervescence!
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Throughout the year we offer pub sings, house concerts, salons, outdoor celebrations, workshops and more. In December we present, The Christmas Revels at Tacoma’s Rialto Theater. Our large audiences are drawn from all over the Pacific Northwest and beyond. It involves 60 to 90 people on-stage, the heart of which is a large chorus of adults and children (auditioned from the community) to which we add professional actors, storytellers, singers, dancers and instrumentalists. The volunteers’ enthusiasm energizes performances as their abilities are stretched to their maximum potential by the opportunity to work with seasoned professional performers. Our professional stage director, music director, set designer, costume designer and lighting designer work together to present performances with high production values.
Every Year a New Theme!
Audiences expect a similar experience from year to year that revolves around the mid-winter themes of light and dark. Our challenge is to create that experience while each year setting the production in a different time and place (i.e. Italian, Nordic, Celtic, American, Victorian, Medieval, etc). Revels’ success is that, while it refers to ancient tradition, it has become a living tradition for the community. Some elements in the productions remain constant from year to year, whatever the theme. These have become the Revels rituals and include: the Abbots Bromley horn dance; the Shortest Day poem by Susan Cooper; the Lord of the Dance to end the first act and the Sussex Mummers Carol to end the show.
History Of Puget Sound Revels
The Puget Sound Revels incorporated in 1992 and produced its first show, a Spring Revels, at the Scottish Rite Temple in Seattle in May 1993 followed by a Sea Revels at the same location in May 1994. The first Christmas Revels followed the same year in December 1994 at the Rialto Theater in Tacoma. There has been a Christmas Revels every year at the Rialto since 1994.