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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 performers. Each show is professionally lit and costumed and supported by professional instrumentalists.
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.
Revels Across the Continent
We license the Revels name and logo from Revels, Inc. in Cambridge, MA, although we and other Revels organizations (Hanover, NH; Philadelphia; New York; Washington; Houston; Chicago, Boulder, CO; California; Portland) are separately incorporated each with its own local mission and character. Revels, Inc. was founded in 1971 by John Langstaff, concert-trained baritone and music educator, to promote public understanding and appreciation of traditional dance, music, drama and poetry through the medium of participatory theater and communal celebration. It presents 18 sell-out performances in the Boston area every December. Across the country over 60,000 people attend a Revels yearly. Click to see all the Revels Cities
The names Revels, The Christmas Revels, The Spring Revels, Summer Revels, Sea Revels, Harvest Revels, and Country Revels are all registered trademarks of Revels, Inc. All productions inspired by Revels workshops, products, and shows must be entitled differently, unless authorized to do so by Revels, Inc. No productions may be called by a name using the word “Revels” or any form of the word, other than those directly licensed by Revels, Inc.
”The colder and stormier the December, the better the Revels. The annual festival of song, dance and drama … reflects feelings as old as humanity itself: fear of chill and darkness at the winter solstice, celebration as the sun begins to return.” -New York Times