2018 Christmas Revels Adult Auditions

This year we’ll be celebrating in a rural English village (17th century-ish) where tales of the doings of “wee folk” are a part of everyday life. We’ll include traditions such as the Boar’s Head, the Lord of Misrule, the wassail, the Abbots Bromley Horn Dance.

Please read all the information here and look carefully at the rehearsal schedule before calling for an audition.  Performances: Dec 15 (2pm & 7:30pm); Dec 16 (1pm & 5:30pm); Dec 18 (7:30pm), Dec 19 (7:30)

Auditions: Friday, May 4 (5 – 7pm) & Saturday, May 5 (10am – noon) at First United Methodist Church (621 Tacoma Ave, S, Tacoma 98402)

Audition appointments:

If the rehearsal schedule (below) works for you, email or call the Revels office to schedule your audition appointment.  Give us your name, phone number and preference for time and date, if you have one. Feel free to call or email with questions.                       253-756-1804 or psrevels@pugetsoundrevels.org

General Information:

While The Christmas Revels uses a number of professional performers, our wonderful auditioned volunteer choruses (adult and children) are the heart of the production. Although a number of singers from previous shows return to audition for new shows, we value the presence of new voices and new faces in our cast so every year we audition each cast anew. People from all cultural backgrounds and ethnicities are encouraged to audition.

 Our Criteria:

Revels cast members are people who love to sing, who sing vigorously and accurately with a good sense of rhythm and who can hold their own part in a choral context. Some are experienced choral singers, some are not. Sight-reading is not necessary, but a good ear and the ability to memorize music and text are. We look for a variety of ages, sizes and personalities to create a realistic “village” on stage.  We require a serious commitment to the rehearsal and performance schedule (see schedule below).

For Your Audition:

Come ready to sing a short song of your choice without accompaniment. Your selection can be from any era or genre but because of the kind of music we present in The Christmas Revels, a traditional song or carol is recommended.  Sing something you know well.  The more comfortable you are with your song, the less nerves will hinder you.  In the interest of time, we may stop you after a verse or two rather than hear the whole song.

We schedule groups of 3 adults in 15-minute blocks. During your audition you will sing your prepared song.  We may also ask you to sing some scales to get an idea of your vocal range. We will then teach a simple round for you to sing with the others in your group.

You may also be asked to read something and/or join others in some simple folk dance steps.


We can’t stress this enough – performing in The Christmas Revels is a big commitment. Rehearsals start in September and include weekly Tuesday night rehearsals and FIVE all-day Saturday rehearsals and several Sunday afternoon rehearsals.  In December there are 8 weeknight rehearsals before the show opens.  The Christmas Revels runs for 6 performances over 5 days.  Please look at the dates below and make sure you can commit to the schedule – none of the rehearsals are optional.

Adult Rehearsal Schedule for the 2018 Christmas Revels:

Rehearsals are at First United Methodist Church of Tacoma (621 Tacoma Ave S, Tacoma, WA  98402) until we move into the Rialto Theater on December 10.

The expectation is that you are at all the rehearsals listed below (and that you arrive on time).  If it looks like you cannot meet that expectation, then maybe wait and audition another year when our schedule is a better fit with yours.  A high level of commitment from the whole cast is what makes a high quality production.

Sept 15 10am – 4pm Church basement
Sept 18 7 -10:30pm Church basement
Sept 25 7 -10:30pm Church basement
Sunday, Sept 30 1:30-5:30pm Church basement
Oct 2 7 -10:30pm Church basement
Oct 9 7 -10:30pm Church basement
Saturday, Oct 13 9:30am -5pm Church basement
Oct 16 7 -10:30pm Church basement
Sunday, Oct 21 1:30-5:30pm Church basement
Oct 23 7 -10:30pm Church basement
Oct 30 7 -10:30pm Church basement
Saturday, Nov 3 9:30am -5pm Church basement
Nov 6 7 -10:30pm Church basement
Nov 13 7 -10:30pm Church basement
Saturday, Nov 17 9:30am -5pm Church basement
Nov 20 7 -10:30pm Church basement
Nov 27 7 -10:30pm Church basement
Sunday, Dec 2 1:30-5:30pm Church basement
Dec 4 7-10:30 Rialto
Dec 5 w/early instruments 6 -10:30pm Church basement
Dec 6 w/brass 7 -10:30pm Church basement
Saturday, Dec 8 9:30am -5pm Church basement
Dec 10
Tech Week
6-11:00pm Rialto
Dec 11
Tech Week
w/Folk Band
Dec 12
Tech Week
w/Folk Band &Brass
Dec 13
Tech Week
w/Folk Band &Brass
Dec 14
Tech Week
w/Folk Band &Brass
Saturday, Dec 15
2:00pm & 7:30pm

Sunday, Dec 16
1:00m & 5:30pm Rialto
Tues, Dec 18
7:30pm Rialto
Wed, Dec 19
7:30pm Rialto