Last Year's Show
CHRISTMAS REVELS 2014
The Christmas Revels—An Irish Celebration of the Winter Solstice
Last year’s Christmas Revels was set in 1907 as Irish emigrants, leaving family and possessions behind, boarded the RMS Carpathia in search of a new life in a new land. We celebrated the Celtic traditions of Christmas and the rituals of the winter solstice—the shortest day—when we welcomed the return of the sun’s warmth and recognized the cycle of the seasons. With authentic fiddling, storytelling, Irish step dancing, and the singing of soulful carols, this original Revels show featured a fabulous community cast, a cheery children’s chorus, and a proud piper.
Our featured guest artist was Peyton Davis, the two-time winner of the North American Irish Dancing Championships.
We Need Your Help!
The annual Christmas Revels show provides joy and celebration to our large community cast and all who fill the seats in the Boulder Theater. We welcome your financial support — any amount makes an enormous difference — and we look forward to seeing you in December. Thanks!
The Word on the Street
Revels has been a very fun tradition in our family starting with 'Feast of Fools' (in the 1990s). We've been seeing Revels routinely since, including introducing our daughter. Keep on doing what you're doing.
Love the history of traditions, group songs, fun play, and gorgeous costumes.
The fresh theme each year! The CHILDREN! The JOY! Just keep doing this each year.
I love the Revels; it always marks this part of the year with joy and celebration.
I like how it's different every year but has common elements that come back.
I love how you have the audience participate and become part of the show!
Every year is fun! Part of our yearly Christmas tradition.
Loved it! High quality performance - meaningful. I am finally in the Christmas spirit!
The Shortest Day
by Susan Cooper
And so the shortest day came and the year died.
And everywhere down the centuries of the snow white world
Came people dancing, singing, to drive the dark away.
They lighted candles in the winter trees.
They hung their homes with evergreen.
They burned beseeching fires, all night long, to keep the year alive.
And when the new year’s sunshine blazed awake they shouted, Reveling.
Through all the frosty ages you can hear them
Echoing behind us. Listen!
All the long echoes sing the same delight this shortest day.
As promise wakens in the sleeping land.
They carol, feast, give thanks, and dearly love their friends.
And hope for peace.
And so do we, here, now,
This year and every year.
An Irish Christmas - It is a paradox of the human condition that the most trying of circumstances can sometimes produce the most life-affirming and joyful expressions of spiritual strength. Music in particular can be an inlet for inspiration and an outlet for emotion...
In Cambridge Mass in 1971, John Langstaff founded Revels, Inc., to link the music, dances, and seasonal rituals from an older world to a modern world that needs them.