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41st Annual Christmas Revels - 12/16

12/13/2011 09:25:00 PM
I've been put in charge of organizing the company ugly Christmas sweater contest this year.  Anyone have suggestions on where I should look for sweaters besides ebay?  Speaking of Christmas, here comes the The Christmas Revels. 

The Christmas Revels:
In Celebration of the Winter Solstice

Directed by Patrick Swanson; George Emlen, Music Director

December 16–29, Sanders Theatre, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

The 41st annual Christmas Revels finds pilgrims, from all over Europe, streaming towards a small French fishing village by the sea. It's the 16th century and, led by their local Guild of Fools, villagers are preparing for a great annual feast and holiday pageant which will mark the end of the old year and the birth of the new.

Soon the stars will come out, the moon will rise and the music and singing will start. Mysterious visitors will arrive from the East. With the sun, moon and stars in delicate balance and our village Fools in charge of a smooth transition to the New Year, what could possibly go wrong?

Filled with music and dance from England, France, Spain and the Middle East, plus comedy, rituals and carols and familiar Revels touchstones like The Shortest Day, the Sussex Mummers Carol, Dona Nobis Pacem and the joyous and participatory, Lord of the Dance, this year's production will be a truly celestial celebration!

The 80-member cast includes our trio of actors from last year's production, Happenstance Theater's Mark Jaster and Sabrina Mandell and local favorite Tim Sawyer, the Revels Chorus of adults and children, musician and song leader David Coffin, the Pinewoods Morris Men, Cambridge Symphonic Brass Ensemble and guest artists, the Sharq Trio from the renowned Sharq Arabic Music Ensemble.

Performances begin with a specially priced Preview on Friday, December 16th at 7:30pm (most tickets just $30). Performances run through December 29th.

Click (here) to get tickets.

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