Washington Revels Blog

Washington Revels stages celebrations filled with traditional music, dance, stories and drama from around the world, revolving around the cycle of the seasons and the joys of community connections. Revels is for anyone who wants to share common ground through old and new traditions—connecting people across time and cultures. Revels is not something that you just watch—it is an experience.

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  • Meet The Christmas Revels Chorus (Part 1)
    Meet The Christmas Revels Chorus (Part 1)
    November 20, 2017 by
    Posted by Washington Revels
    Get to know the people and personalities that will bring our French-Canadian winter celebration to life this December!...
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  • Shaping Revels Kids
    Shaping Revels Kids
    November 19, 2017 by
    A guest post by Kat Toton
    The first Revels I ever saw was the 2004 production of The King and the Fool. I saw the following year's Northlands show and somehow (although I don't remember doing it) signed up for the mailing list. When the audition notice came out in 2006, I decided to try it and I've been with Revels ever since! You could say that I fell in love. I've been an adult Chorus member in 5 shows, did makeup for the 2008 Québécois show, and have been the kids' Music Director since 2010....
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  • The Music that Weaves Through Our Life (Part 2)<br>Coming Full Circle: A Year, A Song and a Special Revels Teacher
    The Music that Weaves Through Our Life (Part 2)
    Coming Full Circle: A Year, A Song and a Special Revels Teacher
    November 16, 2017 by
    A guest post by Anna White
    Timbered Lake opened with “Carry the Dream” ...Carry the dream...carry the dream a little further...carry the dream a little further into the day...for those of us who’ve fallen on the way...and as the words and melody wafted through the air and patrons munching on popovers and sipping juice and their hot beverage of choice, I thought of the man who co-founded the soup kitchen and cafe, of Oran, of well known and lesser known people working to make this a better world, of relatives and ancestors, whose dreams, ideals and aspirations we carry on....
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  • The Music that Weaves Through Our Life (Part 1)<br>Coming Full Circle: A Year, A Song and a Special Revels Teacher
    The Music that Weaves Through Our Life (Part 1)
    Coming Full Circle: A Year, A Song and a Special Revels Teacher
    November 15, 2017 by
    A guest post by Anna White
    This past summer, after traveling north to spend time with relatives in Quebec and explore a little the environs of this year’s Christmas Revels, we headed "down east" to the coast of Maine. Like certain migratory birds and butterflies, we like to go back to the same place each year, camping along the shore and under the stars, as many generations of our family have done. Each year there are places we must visit and activities we must engage in, as is tradition -- a certain lake with a raft that we must cast a line and take a dip in, a certain beach of sand made of broken shells and a bog-stained estuary which we must pass the day and cycle of the tides at, a certain cobblestone cove where one can find finely polished stones many colors of the rainbow. These are sacred spaces and rituals. Occasionally new discoveries are made which over the course of a few years turn into new traditions, weaving into the rhythm of our time and space away from home. ...
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  • The Gifts We Give Our Children
    The Gifts We Give Our Children
    November 13, 2017 by
    A guest post by Patrick Malone
    We often hold time as the most valuable commodity. Making time for our friends and family, especially children, is a top priority and we try to structure our work and commitments to maximize those moments. Achieving “good work-life balance” is the new gold standard and having the flexibility to be present with family is a point of pride. I am part of this. I live just a little more than a mile from my office. The walk to work takes me through Lincoln Park, down beautiful tree-lined East Capitol and into the halls of Congress. It’s really one of the nicest walking commutes in the country....
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  • Welcome to the Revels Blog!
    Welcome to the Revels Blog!
    November 6, 2017 by
    A post by Washington Revels
    Welcome to Washington Revel’s newly located and redesigned blog! We’ll be posting exciting content here from now through The Christmas Revels, so please subscribe to receive notice when we post, so that you can meet the cast, crew, and other folks who are behind the scenes (and in the scenes) of the show, learn about some of the experiences of Revelers and the Reveling we do, read articles about some of the Québécois-themed content in the show, discover the meanings of several distinctly Revels elements that reappear in our celebrations, get a sneak peek of the fun we are having prepping for the show, and more!...
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