Christmas Revels: Music, Dance and More to Celebrate the Solstice
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The last date listed for Christmas Revels was Sunday December 21, 2014 / 5:00pm.
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Featured review from Renee S.Red Velvet
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Very lively musical pagaent in a lovely old historic Scottish Rite building across from Lake Merritt. The singers in choirs and instrumentalists were excellent, but it was sometimes difficult to hear the words of soloists. Festive event and nice selection of possible gift items in the lobby. Americana was not as interesting overall as some of the past settings in foreign countries longer ago. Still made an enjoyable evening out.
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I have to say this wasn't one of my favorite Revels and I attend yearly. The leads needed to be wearing mics. It was difficult to hear them at times. Also, not so sure the story line really worked. First half was serious and then the second...continued
Running Time: Two hours, 15 minutes with one intermission
The 2014 Christmas Revels opens in December 1934, during the depths of the Great Depression, and Johnny Jackson (Rene Collins) finds himself wandering aimlessly, wondering what life holds in store for him, and where he should go to find his destiny. He encounters a Strange Man, (Kevin Carr) playing a fiddle at a country crossroads who instructs Johnny to explore all four directions of the country in order to understand where he belongs. And so his journey along the American Roads begins. Along the way he meets the Mysterious Cajun Woman (Tristan Cunningham), a Shaker family, Appalachian cloggers and other rail riders and road campers each with their own take on holiday traditions.
Also featured in the cast are Revels Artistic Associates Shira Kammen and James Galileo, the musical group Euphonia making their Revels premiere and a chorus of over sixty adults, teens and children from the community. It’s two hours of song, dance, stories, ritual and laughter as Revels once again Welcome Yule!
About the Ticket Supplier: California Revels
California Revels promotes the celebratory and community-building power of the performing arts, pioneering a unique form of music theater that draws on diverse cultures and ritual traditions to embrace an audience of many ages and varied backgrounds. Each December since 1986, California Revels has produced “The Christmas Revels; A Theatrical Celebration of the Winter Solstice” at the Scottish Rite Theater in Oakland. Revels blends music, dance, ritual and drama, presented by a cadre of professional performers, designers and directors. With tradition bearers from every culture and a volunteer chorus of adults and children drawn from the community, Revels inspries a magical quality of audience engagement.