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While Revels hires a number of professional performers for its productions, our volunteer adult and children’s choruses are at the core of every show. We audition our Revels chorus anew every year and encourage adults and children of all backgrounds to try out for each production. BIPOC singers are highly encouraged to audition.

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Audition Overview

Audition for the 2022 Midwinter Revels Adult Chorus

We are excited to announce auditions for our 2022 show, Midwinter Revels: A Celebration of the Solstice. Auditions for the Adult Chorus will take place at the following times:

 

Monday, June 13 and Tuesday, June 14
The Revels Offices – 80 Mount Auburn Street, Watertown, MA 02472
7 – 10 PM

Saturday, June 18
Tony Williams Dance Center – 284 Amory St # 5, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
7 – 10 PM

 

This year we are using the title “Midwinter Revels” to more accurately describe our seasonal celebration which will feature Irish, Mexican and Jewish cultures. Although in the past we have invited and included performers and material of all faith backgrounds under the banner of The Christmas Revels, we are taking the opportunity this year to be more inclusive in emphasizing the secular aspects of our popular seasonal event. We hope that you will join with us in joyfully widening our circle of friends and community. Read more here.

Great joy to the new!

Sign Up Now!
  • Criteria

    Revels cast members are people who love to sing, who sing vigorously and accurately with a good sense of rhythm and who can hold their own part in a choral context. Some are experienced choral singers, some are not. Sight-reading is not necessary, but a good ear and the ability to memorize music and text are. We also look for a variety of ages, sizes and personalities to create a realistic “village” on stage. BIPOC singers are highly encouraged to audition.

  • Rehearsal Commitment

    Performing in Revels is a big commitment. Throughout October and November, we generally hold 1-2 weeknight rehearsals a week, with three “all-day” Saturday rehearsals. This year’s rehearsal schedule for the adult chorus is as follows:

     

    ADULT WEEKDAY REHEARSALS:  7 – 9:30 PM

    Tuesday, Sept 27: Orientation 7 – 9pm
    Monday, October 10
    Tuesday, October 11, 18, 25
    Tuesday Nov 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

     

    SATURDAY REHEARSALS

    Saturday, October 22, 12:30– 8pm
    Saturday, November 19, 12:30 – 8pm
    Saturday, December 3, 12:30 – 8pm

  • Tech Week and Performance Schedule

    TECH WEEK: December 12 – 14

    DRESS REHEARSAL: December 15

    PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE (Subject to Change):

    Dec 16 – 29: 15 performances

    December 16 – 7:30 PM
    December 17 – 3:00 PM, 7:30 PM
    December 18 – 1:00 PM, 5:00 PM
    December 21 – 7:30 PM
    December 22  – 7:30 PM
    December 23 – 3:00 PM, 7:30 PM
    December 26 – 1:00 PM, 5:00 PM
    December 27 – 1:00 PM, 5:00 PM OR 3:00 PM, 7:30 PM
    December 28 – 3:00 PM
    December 29 – 1:00 PM

  • About This Year's Production

    The Midwinter Revels 2022: A Celebration of the Solstice
    Directed by Patrick Swanson; Elijah Botkin, Music Director

     

    Our Revels this year is set in the 1920’s on Ellis Island, the port of entry to the New World for many immigrants. It is Christmas Eve, and a delay in the processing means that a number of families from Ireland, Russia and Germany must spend some extended time together. The Irish and Old World Jewish families have many differences, but through the curiosity of their children and the insights of the Mexican nurses who are charged with their care, they find ways to celebrate their rite of passage through music, song and story.

    These hard times of social reckoning, pandemic, and war, have taken a heavy toll on all of us. We invite you to join us at the darkest time of the year in some Revels alchemy. With music and song that leaps across borders, and stories animated by creative imagery, song and puppetry, you will be participants in the magic that transforms the darkest of times into something akin to joy. Take joy!

  • Our Diversity Statement

    Diversity is a fundamental element in Revels’ musical and theatrical productions. Through music, dance, and storytelling, we celebrate the seasonal and cultural traditions of our world, honoring and upholding the differences that make individuals and cultures truly unique and reminding us of the universal values that connect us all. This principle guides our organizational approach with events, educational programs, performers, audience, volunteers, partners, and staff. We offer an open, creative space that welcomes every person to help shape and take part in our distinctive community experiences.

  • Opportunity Fund

    Revels commits to diversifying all aspects of our productions. To achieve this, we have created the Revels Opportunity Fund to make it possible for any interested person to participate in our volunteer auditioned chorus for The Midwinter Revels. The Opportunity Fund will help to cover the costs of transportation, childcare, and other expenses that might make it difficult to participate in our annual flagship production. We welcome every person to help shape and take part in our distinctive community experiences. More details on the Revels Opportunity Fund will be available in June.

  • Youth Protection

    The Revels Youth Protection Policy was adopted by the board in June 2016. If you are eighteen or older and accepted into the Midwinter Revels Adult Chorus please note your acceptance will be pending a CORI check. If you have any questions contact Administrative Service Manager Jen Sur at jsur@revels.org.

    Revels Youth Protection Policies here.

    CORI Procedures here.

    CORI here.

  • COVID Policy

    COVID Policy for Auditions

    • All auditioners must be vaccinated.
    • We are requiring everyone to wear masks while waiting to audition.
    • We will have three people auditioning at a time to allow for spacing between people as they audition, and there will be air purifiers running in the audition room.

Audition Requirements

How to Prepare for your Adult Chorus Audition

For your audition for The Midwinter Revels 2022, please be prepared to sing two unaccompanied songs of contrasting nature (fast/slow, e.g.) with other auditioners in the room. Your selection can be from any era or genre with the exception of “pop” music. Traditional songs, carols, hymns, and early vocal works (Renaissance) are recommended. Often a simple song well sung is more effective than a more complicated one; it helps when you’re sure of the words! Don’t try to impress us with something difficult – just sing something you love and know well. In the interest of time, we will probably stop you after a verse or two rather than hear the whole song.

We may ask you to sing some scales to get an idea of your vocal range. We will then teach a simple round for you to sing with the other auditioners in your group.

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Adult Chorus Audition Schedule

Monday, June 13, 7:00 – 10:00 PM

Tuesday, June 14, 7:00 – 10:00 PM

Saturday, June 18, 7:00 – 10:00 PM

Auditions by appointment only

AUDITION FORM FOR ADULT CHORUS

Download Here

Please print, complete, and bring this form to your audition.

Audition Locations

Monday, June 13 and Tuesday, June 14

The Revels Offices
Belmont-Watertown United Methodist Church (formerly St. Johns)
80 Mt. Auburn St, Watertown, MA 02472

 

Saturday, June 18

Tony Williams Dance Center
284 Amory St # 5, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Audition Dates

Monday, June 13th — 7 PM - 10 PM

Tuesday, June 14th — 7 PM - 10 PM

Saturday, June 18th — 7 PM - 10 PM

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Rehearsal Schedule

Adult Chorus Rehearsal Commitments

CHILDREN’S WEEKDAY REHEARSALS:  7 – 9:30 PM

Tuesday, Sept 27: Orientation 7 – 9pm
Monday, October 10
Tuesday, October 11, 18, 25
Tuesday Nov 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

SATURDAY REHEARSALS

Saturday, October 22, 12:30 – 8pm
Saturday, November 19, 12:30 – 8pm
Saturday, December 3, 12:30 – 8pm

TECH WEEK AND DRESS REHEARSAL

Tech Rehearsals: December 12 – 14
Dress Rehearsal: December 15

Rehearsal Location

Revels Offices
Belmont-Watertown United Methodist Church
80 Mt. Auburn Street, Watertown, MA

 

Rehearsal Parking

Free parking is available in the lot adjacent to the church. Street parking is limited. Please do not park in the circular driveway in the front of the church.

 

Performance Location

Sanders Theatre
45 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA, 02138

 

Performance Dates

Friday, December 16th,

Saturday, December 17th,

Sunday, December 18th,

Wednesday, December 21st,

Thursday, December 22nd,

Friday, December 23rd,

Monday, December 26th,

Tuesday, December 27th,

Wednesday, December 28th,

Thursday, December 29th,

NOTICE: The adult chorus is called one and a half hours before all performances

Click here for detailed information on performance times. 

Audition Overview

Audition for the 2022 Midwinter Revels Children's Chorus

We are excited to announce auditions for our 2022 show, Midwinter Revels: A Celebration of the Solstice. Auditions for the Children’s Chorus will take place at the following times:

 

Monday, June 13 and Tuesday, June 14
The Revels Offices – 80 Mount Auburn Street, Watertown, MA 02472
4 – 6 PM

Saturday, June 18
Tony Williams Dance Center – 284 Amory St # 5, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
4 – 6 PM

 

This year we are using the title “Midwinter Revels” to more accurately describe our seasonal celebration which will feature Irish, Mexican and Jewish cultures. Although in the past we have invited and included performers and material of all faith backgrounds under the banner of The Christmas Revels, we are taking the opportunity this year to be more inclusive in emphasizing the secular aspects of our popular seasonal event. We hope that you will join with us in joyfully widening our circle of friends and community. Read more here.

Great joy to the new!

Sign Up Now!
  • Criteria

    Revels cast members are people who love to sing, who sing vigorously and accurately with a good sense of rhythm and who can hold their own part in a choral context. Some are experienced choral singers, some are not. Sight-reading is not necessary, but a good ear and the ability to memorize music and text are. We also look for a variety of ages, sizes and personalities to create a realistic “village” on stage. BIPOC singers are highly encouraged to audition.

  • Rehearsal Commitment

    Performing in Revels is a big commitment. Throughout October and November, we generally hold 1-2 weeknight rehearsals a week, with three “all-day” Saturday rehearsals. This year’s rehearsal schedule for the adult chorus is as follows:

     

    CHILDREN’S WEEKDAY REHEARSALS:  4 – 5:30 PM

    Tuesday, Sept 27: Orientation 7-9pm
    Monday, October 10
    Tuesday, October 11, 18, 25
    Tuesday Nov 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

     

    SATURDAY REHEARSALS

    Saturday, October 22, 12:30 – 8pm
    Saturday, November 19, 12:30 – 8pm
    Saturday, December 3, 12:30 – 8pm

  • Tech Week and Performance Schedule

    TECH WEEK: December 12 – 14

    DRESS REHEARSAL: December 15

    PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE (Subject to Change):

    Dec 16 – 29: 15 performances

    December 16 – 7:30 PM
    December 17 – 3:00 PM, 7:30 PM
    December 18 – 1:00 PM, 5:00 PM
    December 21 – 7:30 PM
    December 22  – 7:30 PM
    December 23 – 3:00 PM, 7:30 PM
    December 26 – 1:00 PM, 5:00 PM
    December 27 – 1:00 PM, 5:00 PM OR 3:00 PM, 7:30 PM
    December 28 – 3:00 PM
    December 29 – 1:00 PM

  • About This Year's Production

    The Midwinter Revels 2022: A Celebration of the Solstice
    Directed by Patrick Swanson; Elijah Botkin, Music Director

     

    Our Revels this year is set in the 1920’s on Ellis Island, the port of entry to the New World for many immigrants. It is Christmas Eve, and a delay in the processing means that a number of families from Ireland, Russia and Germany must spend some extended time together. The Irish and Old World Jewish families have many differences, but through the curiosity of their children and the insights of the Mexican nurses who are charged with their care, they find ways to celebrate their rite of passage through music, song and story.

    These hard times of social reckoning, pandemic, and war, have taken a heavy toll on all of us. We invite you to join us at the darkest time of the year in some Revels alchemy. With music and song that leaps across borders, and stories animated by creative imagery, song and puppetry, you will be participants in the magic that transforms the darkest of times into something akin to joy. Take joy!

  • Our Diversity Statement

    Diversity is a fundamental element in Revels’ musical and theatrical productions. Through music, dance, and storytelling, we celebrate the seasonal and cultural traditions of our world, honoring and upholding the differences that make individuals and cultures truly unique and reminding us of the universal values that connect us all. This principle guides our organizational approach with events, educational programs, performers, audience, volunteers, partners, and staff. We offer an open, creative space that welcomes every person to help shape and take part in our distinctive community experiences.

  • Opportunity Fund

    Revels commits to diversifying all aspects of our productions. To achieve this, we have created the Revels Opportunity Fund to make it possible for any interested person to participate in our volunteer auditioned chorus for The Midwinter Revels. The Opportunity Fund will help to cover the costs of transportation, childcare, and other expenses that might make it difficult to participate in our annual flagship production. We welcome every person to help shape and take part in our distinctive community experiences. More details on the Revels Opportunity Fund will be available in June.

  • Youth Protection

    erforming in Revels is a big commitment. For The Midwinter Revels, there are 11 weeks of rehearsals (one rehearsal per week and 3 additional all-day Saturday rehearsals). Tech Week runs four nights in the theater from 6 to 11pm (children from 5 to 9:30pm for two days, from 5 to 10:30pm for two days). The Midwinter Revels has a run of 15 performances, matinees & evenings, spanning a two-week period towards the end of December.

    COVID Vaccine Policy

    Please click here for the Revels COVID-19 Vaccine Policy

  • COVID Policy

    COVID Policy for Auditions

    • All auditioners must be vaccinated.
    • We are requiring everyone to wear masks while waiting to audition.
    • We will have three people auditioning at a time to allow for spacing between people as they audition, and there will be air purifiers running in the audition room.

Children’s Auditions

Audition Requirements

How to Prepare for your Children's Chorus Audition

The age range for the children’s chorus is generally 7 through 12. We try to get a range of ages, heights, and personalities, just as we do in the adult chorus. We ask children to sing either “Happy Birthday,” “America the Beautiful,” or “Silent Night.” These need not be sung form memory – we will have word sheets on hand – but memorization is encouraged!

Returning Children’s Chorus Members: We want as many children as possible to have the experience of being in a Revels production, so children who have never participated in Revels will generally be given priority over those who have. The directors may make exceptions to this guideline as they see fit.

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Children's Chorus Audition Schedule

Monday, June 13, 4:00 – 6:00 PM

Tuesday, June 14, 4:00 – 6:00 PM

Saturday, June 18, 4:00 – 6:00 PM

Auditions by appointment only

AUDITION FORM FOR CHILDREN’S CHORUS (AGES 7-12)

Download Here

Please print, complete, and bring this form to your audition.

Audition Locations

Monday, June 13 and Tuesday, June 14

The Revels Offices
Belmont-Watertown United Methodist Church (formerly St. Johns)
80 Mt. Auburn St, Watertown, MA 02472

 

Saturday, June 18

Tony Williams Dance Center
284 Amory St # 5, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

 

Audition Dates

Monday, June 13th — 4 PM - 6 PM

Tuesday, June 14th — 4 PM - 6 PM

Saturday, June 18th — 4 PM - 6 PM

Sign Up Now!

Rehearsal Schedule

Children's Chorus Rehearsal Commitments

CHILDREN’S WEEKDAY REHEARSALS:  4 – 5:30 PM

Tuesday, Sept 27: Orientation 7 – 9pm
Monday, October 10
Tuesday, October 11, 18, 25
Tuesday Nov 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

SATURDAY REHEARSALS

Saturday, October 22, 12:30 – 8pm
Saturday, November 19, 12:30 – 8pm
Saturday, December 3, 12:30 – 8pm

TECH WEEK AND DRESS REHEARSAL

Tech Rehearsals: December 12 – 14
Dress Rehearsal: December 15

Rehearsal Location

Revels Offices
Belmont-Watertown United Methodist Church
80 Mt. Auburn Street, Watertown, MA

 

Rehearsal Parking

Free parking is available in the lot adjacent to the church. Street parking is limited. Please do not park in the circular driveway in the front of the church.

 

Performance Location

Sanders Theatre
45 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA, 02138

 

 

 

Performance Dates

Friday, December 16th,

Saturday, December 17th,

Sunday, December 18th,

Wednesday, December 21st,

Thursday, December 22nd,

Friday, December 23rd,

Monday, December 26th,

Tuesday, December 27th,

Wednesday, December 28th,

Thursday, December 29th,

NOTICE: The children’s chorus is called two hours before all performances.

Click here for detailed information on performance times. 

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