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|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.|
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." |
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 Theatre||45 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.
|Official Revels, Inc. Site|
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|The 2000 Christmas Revels||2001 Spring Revels|
|The 1999 Christmas Revels||2000 Spring Revels|
|The 1998 Christmas Revels||1999 Sea Revels|
|The 1997 Christmas Revels||1998 Sea Revels|
|The 1996 Christmas Revels||1997 Midsummer Revels|
|The 1995 Christmas Revels||1996 Midsummer Revels|
christmas98 Since May 14, 1998