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The Christmas Revels, Cambridge's annual celebration of the Winter Solstice, returns to Harvard University's Sanders Theatre for a 16 performance run December 13-15, 19-22 and 26-29. This year's program takes us on a journey to 19th-century Brittany, in Northern France.
Set in a region rich in ancient stone circles and soaring cathedrals, this Breton Revels transports us, via the magic of storytelling, to an age of chivalry and romance, of bombardes and bagpipes, and the time of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.
Master troubadour John Fleagle, formerly of Project Ars Nova and a frequent Boston Camerata soloist, rejoins the Revels in a featured role. The ultra-versatile singer and instrumentalist will be joined onstage by David Coffin and the 50-member Revels Chorus of adults and children, the Cambridge Symphonic Brass Ensemble, The Pinewoods Morris Men and some of the finest early instrumentalists in New England playing pipes, shawms, pennywhistles and Celtic harp.
New material abounds in this Breton Revels but some familiar carols and audience favorites will be included as will audience participation, a Revels hallmark. Besides singing with the cast, audiences will be invited to join in "Lord of the Dance", the rousing recessional that traditionally ends Act I. Other highlights of this yearís Revels include the 13th-century Abbots Bromley Horn Dance, with itís magical folk figures and haunting pipe and author/playwright Susan Cooper's adaptation of the Arthurian legend, "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight", featuring larger-than-life puppets designed by Ralph Lee, the award-winning puppet-maker and artistic director of the Metawee River Company in New York. This year"s show marks the fourth collaboration between the Revels and Lee, whose magnificent mythological creations were first seen by Revels audiences in the 1993 Scandinavian Christmas Revels.
Production staff includes George Emlen, Music Director; Virginia Morton, Production Manager; Berred Ouellette, Technical Director; Eric Levenson, Set Designer; Nancy Goldstein, Lighting Designer; and Heidi Heimiller, Costume Designer with costumes constructed by CostumeWorks. The production was conceived by Revels' Artistic Director Patrick Swanson who also serves as Stage Director.
* ASL Interpreted performances with signers Joan Wattman and Linn Staton.
Discounted tickets for the hearing impaired are available by calling Sanders Theatre at (617) 495-1642 (TTY).
Sanders Theatre is located on the corner of Quincy and Kirkland Streets, Cambridge. The theatre is handicapped accessible and is a five-minute walk from the Harvard Square T stop on the Red Line.