Audition

Adult, teen and children auditions for The Christmas Revels occur once each year. Auditions for the Adult Chorus are held in May or June. Auditions for the Teen Chorus (grades 9-12) and Children’s Chorus (grades 3-5) are held in September.

Performing in The Christmas Revels requires a large time commitment. From September through November, adults and teens rehearse together every Wednesday evening, and the children’s chorus rehearses every Wednesday afternoon. All performers also rehearse on one or two weekend days each month and every night during the week before opening; everyone performs in all 8 shows.

Upcoming Auditions

Audition appointment scheduling is now open — call 301-587-3835!

If you are interested in auditioning for The Christmas Revels, or if you have a teen or child who may be interested, please read the following additional information, as appropriate:

Learn more about The 2017 Christmas Revels, see show dates and times and learn about our past shows. For information on the selection process for productions and programs other than The Christmas Revels, please visit Other Opportunities on the menu above.

Read more about The Christmas Revels

What We Look For
Finnish family (2005 Christmas Revels)

The core of each year’s Christmas Revels production is the volunteer chorus made up of adults, teens and children. Although the choruses for each year’s production include veteran performers, Washington Revels values the presence of new singers each year. We also look for a variety of ages, ancestries, sizes and personalities to create a realistic “village” on stage. People of diverse cultural backgrounds are encouraged to audition.  Washington Revels’ choruses are the recipients of two Washington Area Music Awards in the Choral Group category.

We seek strong and enthusiastic performers. Cast members are people who love to sing, who sing vigorously and accurately with a good sense of rhythm and who can hold their own part in a choral context. Some are experienced choral singers, some are not–they have a wide range of musical backgrounds and skills. Sight-reading is not necessary, but a good ear and the ability to learn and memorize music is. Theatrical experience of some kind is helpful, but not required; the ability to be comfortable on stage is important.

We may not be a good match for performers seeking a “Broadway experience.” While The Christmas Revels is “big” theater, on the scale of grand opera, it is unlike Broadway-style musical theater. The Christmas Revels is principally an ensemble show; some songs may have solo verses or phrases, but very few are pure solos. Every performer has at least one featured moment on stage, but there are no “starring” roles. The heart of a Christmas Revels is group singing and community celebration.

We ask a lot of our performers, but the rewards are great, both in terms of experiencing a major, professionally staged production and in the relationships they build not only within each chorus but with the entire Revels community of performers, production staff and volunteers. A unique element of Revels is the bond that forms between the members of Revels’ “stage families.”

While professional performers are welcome to audition, participation in the Christmas Revels choruses is unpaid. We do not charge a set chorus fee; however, chorus members are asked to make a small contribution to help defray our costs for costumes, makeup, production food, etc. The contribution can be discounted or excused for financial hardship.

Adult Christmas Revels Chorus

Swedish family (2005 Christmas Revels)

Adult chorus auditions are held every year on a Friday evening and Saturday morning over a single weekend between mid-May and early June. The specific dates are announced in February or early March both in our monthly e-newsletter–you can sign up on our home page if you haven’t already–and on this web site.

Be prepared to sing 2 short audition pieces of your choice without accompaniment. Your song selection can be from any era or genre with the exception of “pop” music or show tunes. Traditional songs, seasonal carols, folk tunes, hymns are recommended.  Don’t try to impress with something difficult — often a simple song well sung is more effective than a more complicated one. Just sing something you love and know well.

The entire audition process takes about 60-90 minutes and also includes performing some simple dance steps and singing with others.

In addition to this information, please also read the general page What We Look For.

Upcoming Auditions

Audition appointment scheduling is now open — call 301-587-3835!

Before calling (301-587-3835) to schedule your appointment, you will want to review the 2017 schedule of rehearsal dates –  at your audition you will be asked to commit to that schedule in writing.

Teen Christmas Revels Chorus

Teens dancing (2005 Christmas Revels)

2017 Teen Chorus Auditions will take place on Saturday, September 9, 2017

Teens bring a special energy to our Revels productions. In addition to joining the adult chorus on many of their songs, teens may be featured in a dance number or two, and some productions may also provide acting opportunities for individuals. We seek teens who are comfortable and confident on stage, who work well in a group, and who can share their emotions and enthusiasm with each other and the audience.

Auditions are low-key and lots of fun. Teens are seen in groups of 6 -10. Each teen is asked to prepare a short song to sing unaccompanied.You will also participate in some group singing and dancing. Auditions will take a little more than an hour. No special shoes or clothing is necessary, but come dressed to move around.

Your song selection can be from any era or genre with the exception of “pop” music or show tunes. Traditional songs, seasonal carols, folk tunes, hymns are recommended.  Don’t try to impress with something difficult — often a simple song well sung is more effective than a more complicated one. Just sing something you love and know well.

AUDITION APPOINTMENT REQUIRED. The number of audition slots is limited. Auditions will be held on Saturday, September 9 in the afternoon. Appointment scheduling opens in August. To receive a reminder of Audition dates sign up for our Enews.

In addition to this information, please also read the general page What We Look For.

Children’s Christmas Revels Chorus

Tomte children (2005 Christmas Revels)

2017 Children’s Chorus Auditions will take place on September 8-9, 2017. Children’s call-backs will take place on September 10, 2017.

The Children’s Chorus brings a distinct charm to the show. With a featured set in each of the two acts of the show, the children play an important role. Revels is looking for children who are enthusiastic, musical, comfortable on stage and happy working in a group. Revels children tend toward a more “natural” look, and are not seeking a flashy or pop-type theater experience.

The audition is very low-key and lots of fun. Kids are seen in groups of 6-10 and should be finished in about an hour. They will be taught a simple song or two and we will play together, as the ability to enjoy group play and receive instructions in a relaxed way is important. Each child should be prepared to sing a short unaccompanied song; this should be something simple that he or she is comfortable with and enjoys singing (something from school, a carol, folk song, even “Happy Birthday” can suffice — no pop, please.) Make sure that your child is dressed in clothing in which he or she can sit on the floor and move around easily.

AUDITION APPOINTMENT REQUIRED. Appointment scheduling opens in August. The number of audition slots is limited. Auditions will be held on Friday, September 8 (late afternoon/evening), Saturday, September 9 (morning), with callbacks on Sunday, September 12 (afternoon). To receive a reminder of Audition dates sign up for our Enews.

In addition to this information, please also read the general page What We Look For.

More Opportunities to Sing With Washington Revels

We do not hold regularly scheduled auditions for other productions and programs–the selection process for these productions and ensembles is described below:

May Revels

There are no adult or teen auditions for May Revels. Except for children, the May Revels chorus is made up of former Christmas Revels chorus members and people who have volunteered significant time to Washington Revels during the past year. The children’s chorus for May Revels is cast from the children who audition in September for The Christmas Revels. The children rehearse for May Revels on Wednesday afternoons starting in late March or the first week in April; they also join in a dress rehearsal with the full cast shortly before the performance, which takes place on the first Sunday in May.

Learn more about May Revels

Washington Revels Ensembles

To inquire about auditioning for one of our performing ensembles, please send an email to info@revelsdc.org with your contact information.

Learn more about Washington Revels Ensembles

Parades and Community Sings

No audition (or experience) is required to participate in our monthly Washington Revels – Carpe Diem Community Sing or in the Washington Revels groups that march in the annual Takoma Park Independence Day Parade and Kensington Labor Day Parade. Just come on out and join the fun!

Learn more about Community Sings
Learn more about Parades

 

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