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2016 The Christmas Revels @ Tacoma’s Rialto Theatre | Dance, Carols, Holiday Folk Tradition

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The Christmas Revels @ Tacoma’s Rialto TheatreThe Christmas Revels
December 17-18, 20-21, 2016
$12 – $34.50 | All Ages
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December 17 @ 2pm & 7:30
December 18 @ 1pm & 5:30*pm
*The 5:30 performance is ASL interpreted
December 20 @ 7:30pm
December 21 @ 2pm

Rialto Theatre
310 S. 9th Tacoma, WA

Dragons, choral singing, crwth, triple harp, and magic are some of the elements this year’s Christmas Revels shares with the ancient Celtic nation of Wales – a nation steeped in music, magic and mythology. All the way from Wales comes Deuair, a singing duo bringing us traditional tunes learnt from friends or brought to life from sleeping manuscripts: Ceri Owen-Jones on the crwth (an archaic stringed instrument) and the triple harp (telyn deires); Elsa Davies on the fiddle. Wales has been known as a singing nation for centuries. In 1187, Geraldus Cambrensis wrote that even small children could harmonize and that the Welsh sing “in as many parts as there are people” – what a wonderful image! Irrepressible actor Tony Curry returns to the cast, this year as a high-spirited Welshman come back from America to his hometown in Wales. Of course the show includes the Revels adult and children’s choruses and the Seattle Brass Ensemble.

Our setting is a village not too different from the one described in Dylan Thomas’s A Child’s Christmas in Wales. From there we travel further back to the misty time of sorcerers and shape-shifters to tell the tale of the birth of the legendary bard Taliesin. The singing will touch your heart. The mummers play, which includes TWO dragons, will tickle your funny bone. Christmas in Wales is a time for friends and family to gather – and so is The Christmas Revels.

B.J. Douglas once again directs the production with music director Megan Oberfield. The wonderful set is designed by Martin Christoffel. Costume design by Alex Lewington.

The Christmas Revels® is a great concoction of folk tradition and high art blending adults and children, amateurs and professionals, audience and players that truly does include dancing in the aisles. Full of humor and beauty, it plays each year to sell-out audiences of all ages from all over the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

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