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Midwinter Revels performance chorus auditions for all ages.

Midwinter Revels is a large-scale theatrical production that utilizes a cast of 60-70 performers to celebrate the Winter Solstice in story, song, dance, and folklore traditions.  The cast includes singers, dancers, actors, and instrumentalists and is a mix of professional and volunteer performers. 

The core of the Midwinter Revels production is 2 volunteer choruses: a Children’s Chorus and an Adult/Teen Chorus.

Adult/Teen Chorus

The Adult and Teen cast members perform in the show in a variety of ways, but most predominantly as a mixed chorus (soprano, alto, tenor, bass) who sing approximately 20 songs in the show.  The cast also plays acting roles, performs dances, and participates generally in a large-scale theatrical production. 

Children’s Chorus

The Children’s Chorus members perform throughout the show as singers, dancers, and occaisionally puppeteers! They will usually perform 3-4 pieces (songs, dances, stories) as a seperate chorus, and then join the Adult/Teen chorus on several pieces. 

There is no cost to participate in a Revels performance chorus.

2024 Midwinter Revels adult/teen auditions.

Adult and Teen cast members typically:

  • Have some previous experience as performers, such as singing in a chorus, performing in theatrical productions, performing with a dance troupe, etc. Cast members should feel comfortable being on stage.
  • Have some experience learning music and lyrics. A robust ability to sight-read sheet music is not required, but general knowledge of sheet music is very helpful.  It is necessary that cast members have a good musical ear and can learn and memorize music and lyrics. 
  • Come from a wide range of ages, races, genders, body types, communities, and abilities. 
  • Teens are current high school students (typically 14-18 years old) and Adults are all ages 18 and up. 

The audition:

  • Each audition block is 30 minutes in duration. 
  • Please prepare a short solo song to be performed a capella / unaccompanied.  The song should be a traditional song of some kind, e.g. a folk song, a holiday carol, or a religious song/hymn.  The song should be about 60-90 seconds long (usually 1-2 verses of a song). For this audition, please do not sing musical theater songs, jazz standards, pop/rock songs, or opera arias. 
  • You may be asked to do some vocal exercises or ear training assessments, guided by our music director.  
  • There will be a group portion which includes learning a new song and singing with a small group of other singers.  

Auditions will be held:

  • Sunday, June 2 from 2pm to 6pm at Grant Park Church (2728 NE 34th)
  • Saturday, June 8 from 10am to 3pm at St Andrews Presbyterian Church (3228 SW Sunset Blvd)

Click the button below and complete the form to reserve your place on the list for the auditions.  We will schedule your audition based on the availability you enter and let you know your exact time by email as soon as possible.

If you are unable to attend any of the listed audition times, or for other audition questions, please email auditions@portlandrevels.org.

2024 Revels Children’s Chorus auditions.

Children’s Chorus is an exciting, talented group of young singers ages 7 – 13 who perform as a part of the December 2024 Midwinter Revels and the February 2025 Children’s Revels.

See below for information about 2024 Midwinter Revels rehearsal and performance schedule. Members of the Children’s Chorus who participate in the Children’s Revels will rehearse in January / February 2025 and perform one weekend in February 2025.

Children do not have to prepare anything for the audition. The audition will be 30 minutes of group singing, games, and other activities with Children’s Music Director Lynn Mendoza-Khan. The children will learn several simple pieces and may be asked to sing phrases on their own.

Children’s Chorus auditions will be held:

Sunday, June 9, 2024 from 1pm to 3pm at Resound NW (1532 SW Jefferson St)

Click the button below and complete the form to reserve your child’s place on the list for the auditions.  We will schedule their audition based on the availability you enter and let you know your exact time by email as soon as possible.

If you are unable to attend the listed audition time, or for other audition questions, please email auditions@portlandrevels.org

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2024 Midwinter Rehearsal / Performance schedule: (subject to change)

Dance, puppet, sectional, and other rehearsal may be added.

Choral rehearsals Tuesday evenings Sept 10 through Dec 3:

  • Adult / teen chorus – 6:30pm to 9:00pm
  • Children’s chorus – 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Weekend “mega” rehearsals:

  • September 7, 2024 – 12pm to 5pm (company potluck dinner to follow)
  • October 19, 2024 – 10am to 6pm (no children’s chorus)
  • October 20, 2024 – 1pm to 6pm (full company)
  • November 2, 2024 – 10am to 6pm (staggered calls – TBD)
  • November 16, 2024 – 10am to 6pm (children called 1pm – 6pm)
  • November 17, 2024 – 1pm to 6pm (full company)
  • December 7, 2024 – 10am to 5pm (company potluck dinner to follow)

Technical / Dress rehearsals:

  • Monday, December 9, 2024 – 6pm to 11pm (no children’s chorus)
  • Tuesday, December 10, 2024 – 6pm to 11pm (children released at 10pm)
  • Wednedsay, December 11, 2024 – 6pm to 11pm (full company)
  • Thursday, December 12, 2024 – times TBD – Invited Dress Rehearsal

Performances:

  • Friday, December 13, 2024 – 7:30pm
  • Satuday, December 14, 2024 – 1:00pm and 7:30pm
  • Sunday, December 15, 2024 – 1:00pm and 6:30pm
  • Wednesday, December 18, 2024 – 7:30pm
  • Thursday, December 19, 2024 – 7:30pm
  • Friday, December 20, 2024 – 1:00pm and 7:30pm
  • Saturday, December 21, 2024 – 1:00pm and 7:30pm
  • Sunday, December 22, 2024 – 1:00 (closing show)

Support Us!

Ways to Donate

Portland Revels continues to thrive thanks to the dedication and generosity of our community. There are a variety of ways that you can support our work and continue to help us bring people together to celebrate the seasons through song, dance and storytelling. Find the way that works best for you!

To donate by check, please mail your check to:
Portland Revels
128 NW 11th Ave.
Portland OR, 97209

Coming soon: Stock donation options! Contact us if you are interested in this option and want to learn more.

Please contact our office if you have any questions:
info@portlandrevels.org or call (503) 274-4654

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Other ways to support Portland Revels: 

Matching Gifts

Many companies and organizations have matching gift programs that will double or even triple your contribution. Have your gift matched today! Ask your company’s human resources department for a matching gift form. Fill out the quick and easy paperwork and include the completed form with your mailed contribution Portland Revels. We will confirm your gift to your employer, credit you with the combined gift, and publicly recognize your company’s generosity.

Individual Retirement Account - Charitable Rollover

Make a difference while reducing your tax burden! You can give any amount (up to a maximum of $100,000) per year from your IRA directly to a qualified charity such as Portland Revels without having to pay income taxes on the money.

Reasons to consider this gift option:

– Beginning in the year you turn 72, you can use your gift to satisfy all or part of your required minimum distribution (RMD).

– You pay no income taxes on the gift. The transfer generates neither taxable income nor a tax deduction, so you benefit even if you do not itemize your deductions.

– Since the gift doesn’t count as income, it can reduce your annual income level. This may help lower your Medicare premiums and decrease the amount of Social Security that is subject to tax.

Please note: We must receive your gift by Dec. 31 for your donation to qualify this year. If you have check-writing features on your IRA, please be aware that your check must clear your account by Dec. 31 to count toward your required minimum distribution for the calendar year.

Planned Giving

In these uncertain times, it is even more important to secure our future. If you have ever considered including Portland Revels in your legacy, now is a wonderful time to do so.

Donor Advised Funds

A donor-advised fund, or DAF, is like a charitable investment account for the sole purpose of supporting charitable organizations that are important to you.

When you contribute cash, securities or other assets to a donor-advised fund at a public charity, you are generally eligible to take an immediate tax deduction. Then those funds can be invested for tax-free growth, and you can recommend grants to virtually any IRS-qualified public charity. Speak to your financial planner to set up a donor advised fund.

If you wish to make a donation to Portland Revels from your donor advised fund, please request that checks are made payable to Portland Revels and mailed to the following address: Portland Revels, 128 NW 11th Avenue, Portland Oregon, 97209

Portland Revels tax identification number is 13-1134622

Fred Meyer Community Rewards

Fred Meyer Community Rewards

When you shop at Fred Meyer, you can also support Portland Revels. Through their Community Rewards program, Fred Meyer will donate to Portland Revels annually based on your percentage of spending as it relates to the total spending associated with all participating Fred Meyer Community Rewards organizations. Just set up an online account, then select Portland Revels as the charity you wish to support!

Volunteer

If you are interested in volunteering with Portland Revels, please complete the form here. We are always looking for volunteers to help us make Portland Revels programming a success.

Volunteering Activities include:

  • Helping to set up and to run the annual fundraiser
  • Helping backstage with a production
    Supporting costume designers with construction and stitching
  • Calling donors and patrons to alert them to events and programs
  • Planning and decorating the lobby for our shows
  • Helping with Merchandise and Raffle Sales
  • And more!

Board Service

Are you a passionate Reveler who wants to get more involved in the organization? Are you looking for a way to give back to this community? We encourage you to consider joining our board, a dedicated group of people who work closely with staff and are deeply involved in supporting the organization, both in the day to day and in the long term. Board service is one of the most valuable ways to support Portland Revels! Email info@portlandrevels.org if you are interested and would like to find out more.

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Employment Opportunities with the Portland Revels:

Thanks for your interest in working with the Portland Revels.

We have no job postings at this time.

To contact the Artistic Team about casting or technical positions, please email casting@portlandrevels.org

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Portland Revels receives support from the Oregon Arts Commission, a state agency funded by the State of Oregon

and the National Endowment for the Arts.