Auditions
Bringing
Tradition to Life

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 Christmas Revels chorus anew every year and encourage adults and children of all backgrounds to try out for each production.

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Audition Overview

Christmas Revels 2021 Chorus Auditions

We have completed auditions for The Christmas Revels 2021 at this time. Auditions information for The Christmas Revels 2022 will be updated in Spring 2022. Stay tuned for other year-round opportunities for choral singing, including RiverSing and Spring Sing Choruses. For more information, please reach out to Revels Production Manager Miguel Flores at mflores@revels.org.

  • 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.

  • Commitment

    Performing in Revels is a big commitment. For The Christmas Revels  children’s chorus, there are 11 weeks of rehearsals, with one rehearsal per week. This year, the children’s chorus will not be attending Saturday rehearsals. Children will also not be performing in the live show due to COVID safety policies, and will instead be recorded in November and integrated into The Christmas Revels performances.

    Revels COVID Rehearsal Protocols

    Revels COVID Performance Protocols

  • About This Year's Production

    The Christmas Revels 2021: In Celebration of the Winter Solstice
    Directed by Patrick Swanson; George Emlen, Music Director

    The first Christmas Revels in Sanders Theatre in 1971 was a riot of color and voices with medieval sackbuts, shawms, rebecs, and the commanding figure of Jack Langstaff exhorting the stunned Cambridge audience to “Sing!” Every December since then audiences have gathered in their thousands in Sanders Theatre to sing and dance with us and to celebrate the solstice. Last year was a challenge with all theaters shuttered, but thanks to the intervention of Josiah Quincy and James Otis (the two marble statues on either side of Sanders stage) we managed to create an ethereal out-of-theater Revels experience. This year we are back.

    Our 51st Christmas Revels takes place in the present day at the George and Dragon, a 17th-century pub famous for its annual Christmas carol party. Sadly for the carolers, last year’s celebration, like many others, was compromised. The regulars are looking forward to reestablishing the traditional sing-along and the younger generation are plotting a surprise contribution. But the hiccup in tradition has disturbed the space/time continuum and alerted a fussy Revels bureaucrat from the 17th century who, with his Elizabethan entourage, will be making an official visit to the 21st century to make an inspection and to put things back in order. We will unpack the elements that make up Revels and through music, dance and story discover the connections that tie the past to the present.

    In this telling of the story, old and new ways meet, and the world gets a little bigger. With music and dance from the Renaissance all the way to the present day we hope that there is something here for everyone to enjoy as we celebrate the season as only Revels can!

  • 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 Christmas 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 September.

  • 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 Christmas Revels Adult Chorus please note your acceptance will be pending a CORI check. If you have any questions contact Production Manager Miguel Flores at mflores@revels.org.

    Revels Youth Protection Policies here.

    CORI Procedures here.

    CORI here.

Audition Overview

Christmas Revels 2021 Chorus Auditions

We have completed auditions for The Christmas Revels 2021 at this time. Auditions information for The Christmas Revels 2022 will be updated in Spring 2022. Stay tuned for other year-round opportunities for choral singing, including RiverSing and Spring Sing Choruses. For more information, please reach out to Revels Production Manager Miguel Flores at mflores@revels.org.

  • 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.

  • Commitment

    Performing in Revels is a big commitment. For The Christmas Revels  children’s chorus, there are 11 weeks of rehearsals, with one rehearsal per week. This year, the children’s chorus will not be attending Saturday rehearsals. Children will also not be performing in the live show due to COVID safety policies, and will instead be recorded in November and integrated into The Christmas Revels performances.

    Revels COVID Rehearsal Protocols

    Revels COVID Performance Protocols

  • About This Year's Production

    The Christmas Revels 2021: In Celebration of the Winter Solstice
    Directed by Patrick Swanson; George Emlen, Music Director

    The first Christmas Revels in Sanders Theatre in 1971 was a riot of color and voices with medieval sackbuts, shawms, rebecs, and the commanding figure of Jack Langstaff exhorting the stunned Cambridge audience to “Sing!” Every December since then audiences have gathered in their thousands in Sanders Theatre to sing and dance with us and to celebrate the solstice. Last year was a challenge with all theaters shuttered, but thanks to the intervention of Josiah Quincy and James Otis (the two marble statues on either side of Sanders stage) we managed to create an ethereal out-of-theater Revels experience. This year we are back.

    Our 51st Christmas Revels takes place in the present day at the George and Dragon, a 17th-century pub famous for its annual Christmas carol party. Sadly for the carolers, last year’s celebration, like many others, was compromised. The regulars are looking forward to reestablishing the traditional sing-along and the younger generation are plotting a surprise contribution. But the hiccup in tradition has disturbed the space/time continuum and alerted a fussy Revels bureaucrat from the 17th century who, with his Elizabethan entourage, will be making an official visit to the 21st century to make an inspection and to put things back in order. We will unpack the elements that make up Revels and through music, dance and story discover the connections that tie the past to the present.

    In this telling of the story, old and new ways meet, and the world gets a little bigger. With music and dance from the Renaissance all the way to the present day we hope that there is something here for everyone to enjoy as we celebrate the season as only Revels can!

  • 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 Christmas 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 September.

  • Youth Protection

    erforming in Revels is a big commitment. For The Christmas 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 Christmas 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

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