This year’s show is set in the Italian Renaissance, and will include many beloved Revels elements including Abbots Bromley, the Sword Dance, the 12 Days of Christmas and of course, the Dragon. Our story will be set in Venice, where a bored Doge runs away with a Commedia Dell‘Arte troupe… and zaniness ensues. Performances will be held at St. Mary’s Academy Theater.
2016 Performance schedule
Friday, December 16th Opening Night
Saturday, December 17th (matinee and evening)
Sunday, December 18th (matinee and evening)
Monday, December 19th (evening)
Tuesday, December 20th (evening)
Wednesday, December 21st (early evening)
The Christmas Revels 2015: Celtic Crossing
Last year’s show transported audiences to the late 19th century, aboard one of the last immigrant sailing ships to cross the Atlantic from Ireland to New York. Here’s what the story was about:
To properly say goodbye to their past, the travelers decide to hold an “American Wake” aboard the ship. An American Wake was a traditional send-off ceremony for friends and neighbors to say goodbye to those leaving Ireland for America. We’ll be enveloped in the music, dance, poetry and storytelling of the period as the emigrants welcome the light of their new life abroad and say goodbye to the land they’ve left behind.
Featuring local sean-nós dancer and choreographer Maldon Meehan and musicians Kevin Carr and Dan Compton and the Portland Brass Quintet.
Here’s what patrons said about Celtic Crossing:
“We’ve enjoyed this annual tradition for years with the same friends. Such a wonderful alternative to the mainstream material forces all around. A glowing light in the midst of so much darkness.”
“It’s like traveling to another time and place each year with some old familiar favorites mixed in. We love the audience participation singing and skits.”
“I have faithfully attended the Christmas Revels for over 10 years and always eagerly anticipate each new show. I love the mix of music, dance, and theater, and the exposure to new music and traditions from around the world.”
It was a fantastic run. Thanks to all who made it so!
Did you miss the show this year? Here’s 2015’s Christmas Revels program book.
You can also read Holly Johnson’s review in the Oregon Music News here.