California Revels Incorporated

California Revels Incorporated

A Holiday Tradition in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1986, the Christmas Revels is a theatrical, participatory celebration of the Winter Solstice that crosses religious and ethnic boundaries, and appeals to young and old alike. Revels blends traditional music, dance, ritual and folk plays, presented by a large volunteer chorus of children and adults drawn from the community, and a number of highly talented professional actors, musicians, artists, directors, and “bearers of tradition” from many cultures. A cherished hallmark of Revels productions is the ability to draw the audience itself into the magic of the show, usually by joining the cast in song and dance. Celebrations of cultures using traditional materials and seasonal rituals is a common theme in Revels performances, each year highlighting a particular culture and period. Any given year might range from a medieval English court to an Appalachian homestead in Kentucky, from a Russian village to the land of the midnight sun..