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Spring Revels
An Acadian-Cajun Celebration

Emerson Majestic Theatre, Boston
April 28, 29 & 30


Spring Revels 2000 took us on a waterways journey with its start in Acadia, an area of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick first settled by French colonists in the 1600s. When the British took control of Canada in 1713 these early pioneers chose exile over answering to a foreign authority. Many took the long river route to the south, down the Mississippi to the Louisiana territories where eventually they became known as "Cajuns."

Directed by Patrick Swanson, Spring Revels followed the fortunes of these early pioneers in a musical journey suggested by Longfellow's epic poem Evangeline. It was an exuberant celebration of Spring in typical Revels style: from the distinctive fiddling and dancing of a Cape Breton barn raising to the noisy street celebration and spicy melodies of a Cajun Mardi Gras. Spring Revels boasted an outstanding ensemble including Acadian recording artists, Barachois, exhilarating musicians from Prince Edward Island that kept the audience's toes tapping! Other performers included acclaimed actress Paula Plum, musician Tom Pixton, Revels favorite David Coffin, The Catfish Creek Cajun Band, The River Rat Children and The Revels Chorus. George Emlen was Music Director. Production Staff included H. Peet Foster, Set Designer; David H. Rosenburg, Lighting Designer; Heidi Hermiller, Costume Designer; and Debbie Hazel, Production Manager.


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The Emerson Majestic Theatre is located at 219 Tremont Street in the Theatre District in downtown Boston, a minute's walk from the Boylston Street T stop on the Green Line. The theater is wheelchair accessible.

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Founded in 1971 by musician John Langstaff and his daughter Carol, Revels, Inc., a non-profit, charitable organization, is best-known for its annual winter solstice celebration, The The Christmas Revels at Sanders Theater in Cambridge and for performances of traditional and ritual material marking spring, summer and fall. Currently, ten companies across the country annually produce Revels seasonal/theatrical performances. Revels, Inc. also produces a line of seasonal recordings and songbooks under the banner of Revels Records, established in 1978. For a free catalogue call 617-972-8300 x31.


For more information:

Back Sheldon Brown's Unofficial Revels Index Page

Official Revels, Inc. Site
The 2005 Christmas Revels
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

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Updated Tuesday, January 23, 2001