Our Show for 2016
The Christmas Revels - A Scottish Celebration of the Winter Solstice
An eagerly awaited holiday tradition, The Christmas Revels returns with a Scottish-themed show, highlighting the old traditions of Scots midwinter celebrations including Hogmanay, First Footing, the traditional Mummers' Play, and audience sing-alongs of Christmas carols. We'll have pipers, drummers, traditional dancers, and a spirited chorus of adults and children.
Directed by Chad Boltz, this year’s Christmas Revels invites you to embrace 18th century Scotland with singing, lively dances, and spirited piping as we light our way through the dark solstice season.
This year we perform at the Dairy Arts Center's Gordon Gamm Theater. The Dairy Arts Center has completed a major overhaul of its main theater and lobby and it is fresh, spacious and easily accessible to families and the mobility impaired.
Join us again in The Lord of the Dance! We’ll sing carols and rounds together, both ancient and familiar. There’ll be high art and low, as well as lilting ballads and wild reels from 18th-century Scotland and its surrounding islands.
Christmas Revels: A Scottish Celebration of the Winter Solstice The Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut Street (Walnut and 26th) Boulder
Welcome all ages and welcome Yule!
What is Revels?
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.
Revels celebrates the seasons and cycles of human life through the arts, the songs and dances, and the stories from traditional cultures. Audiences recognize the events, desires, and dilemmas from another place and time as their own. The Christmas Revels welcomes the return of the light.
What is Rocky Mountain Revels?
Founded in 2000, Rocky Mountain Revels is a non-profit arts organization dedicated to promoting public education, understanding, and appreciation of traditional music, dance, drama, and ritual through participatory theater and communal celebration.
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 Dairy Arts Center's Gordon Gamm 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.