This Year's Show was
CHRISTMAS REVELS 2015
The Christmas Revels—Colorado Pioneers
This year’s Christmas Revels took us back to the early pioneer days when families of Colorado built their homes
from the ground up and shared their Christmas traditions with their neighbors. This new period production—with
the standard elements of every Christmas Revels—was filled with singing, dancing, and storytelling to draw you in,
stir your soul, and touch your heart. This year we celebrated the pioneering spirit of early Colorado, the traditions
of Christmas, and rituals of the winter solstice.
We had wonderful guest artists including Native American Flutist Leon Joseph Littlebird, Concert Violinist Gregory Walker, Local Folk Actor and Performer Norma Johnson, and many others.
This was Karen and Rick Romeo's final year as Artistic Director and Song leader, we have many cherished memories of their warmth, talent and leadership!
Welcome all ages and welcome Yule!
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.
THE CHRISTMAS REVELS PRESENT VARIETY
Our productions range from medieval and renaissance themes to Celtic and Scottish to visits to the American experience such as Appalachian and Pioneer. We have wonderful guest artists each year.
Come join us!
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.